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Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.61/100
votes
3262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281005409
Added on
28 Jan 2014 12:01 pm by totalatool
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 57,67

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

261 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.61 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    H2H- Lagavulin through the ages - as usual logic would dictate that the older ones would be better, but will that be the case? I already did a head to head of the 21, 25 and 30 and found the 25 to be better than most other people and between the 3 not that much in it so it will be interested to taste again. Lagavulin 16 is favourite of many on here for a go to islay dram and once price has been taken into account I  can gauge the best value and I suspect the 16 will do well here. Mid 1960`s to present 37 year, all official bottlings Drams 
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/100508/lagavulin-guaranteed-pure-malt-pot-still https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/51469/lagavulin-16-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/75648/lagavulin-islay-jazz-festival-2015  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35109/lagavulin-1991   https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/613/lagavulin-1985  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12/lagavulin-25-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10/lagavulin-30-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/44217/lagavulin-37-year-old
    In theory the nose and palate should all have similarities so I will knock a few out from the start, tasting 8 heavy peaters is a lot for  my palate.   Nose The first to be discounted was the Jaz festival2015 and the 30 year but that might be because they were more delicate. next was the 21 year 1991 then the 37 year which left the NAS 1960`s, 16 year, 21 year 1985 and the 25 year.
    A difficult decision 1 - 21 year 1985 2 - Pure Pot Still 60`s 3 - 37 year 4 - 16 year 5 - 25 year 6 - 30 year 7 - 21 year 1991 8 - 2015 Jazz festival Palate 1st tasting (tentative) 1 - 21 year 1985 2= - 21 year 1991 2= - 37 year 4 -2015 Jazz festival 5 - 25 year 6  - 30 year 7 - Pure Pot Still Nas 8 - 16 year
    2nd tasting 1 -1985 21 year 2 - 1991 21year 3 - 37 year 4 - 25 year 5 - Jazz festival 2015 6 - 30 year 7 - 16 year 8 - Nas pure pot still (been open a while)
    After 2 tastings my top 3 were the same with the 25 year moving to 4th the Nas was bottom with the 16 year just beating it. The 30 year was a little delicate in this company. The big question is and the one that should give us all hope is that there was little in the first 6 placings and the 16 year was not far behind but the exta years maturation told. If You took price into consideration then the 16 year can hold its head up high.

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 91 points Administrator

    Is this whisky overrated and overhyped? Definitely not! Lagavulin 16 is an outstanding Single Malt from Islay and a cornerstone of Scotch whisky culture. Intense peat smoke with hints of iodine and seaweed dominates the nose, merging with soft and yet substantial sherry cask sweetness. On the palate, it tastes full-bodied, peppery and deliciously sweet with dried fruits and an overwhelming blast of dry peatiness. The finish is prolonged, warming and spicy. A superb malt that would be even better with 46% ABV, no chill filtering and natural color.

    RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 91 pts → SUPERB
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is how smoked orange must smell on a sea fish, beautifully intense and harmonious. The taste is a little different, but not worse. The body alone disappoints a little. The finish completes the whisky conclusively. Always good.
    • Nose
      Smoke and orange dominate the first impression, sweet, toasted, roasted meat, top notes of smoke and orange remain present, smoked fish
    • Taste
      Soft onset, thin body, again smoked orange, now underlined by slight bitterness of dark chocolate, malt, a hint of wine vinegar
    • Finish
      strong smoke and clear smoke, the oak now dominates the fruit, long

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dirty, intense, spicy, full, incredibly aromatic, perhaps the best single malt standard on the market.
    • Nose
      Peat, but embedded in a strong sweetness. This sweetness is very strong, almost sticky in the nose. To the peat come flavors of herbal liqueur, maybe a few raisins.
    • Taste
      very strong, bitter oak, alcohol, menthol, peat and sweetish aromas
    • Finish
      Peat, salt, bitter oak and sweet fruit, very long, at the end on a sour, dry oak.

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    quality dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. mosesumike scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    He was one of the first Islay whisky but also the realization that I do not need to go to the island.
    I respect this characterful dram and would like to rate it. Because he is worth every penny!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Moist peat in warehouse and smoldering campfire. The smoke is not so intrusive and is tempered by sweet fruitiness. Absolutely ok, but not my world.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very supple with leather and coal fire. About spices to the Scherryeinfluss nothing is missing here. Respect. The earthy notes get the upper hand. The palate is really good.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Warm mouthfeel with dried fruits and some ginger. I think I'll feel it tomorrow morning :-)
      You have to like him. We will not become friends.

  7. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Certainly not only for me, the Lagavulin 16 is the absolute reference for strongly smoky whiskys, which shows how well smoke can be incorporated. Always present, but still always room for other flavors, the smoke makes for a still surprisingly round composition. A classic, where every smoky whisky has to compete.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoke reminiscent of campfires and leather (for me less bacon or smoked salmon), along with a heavy and slightly dark sweetness and spiciness (raisins, dates, dark grapes, but no sherry spice) that barely fades, in a constant interplay that does not get boring. In the background very delicate wood and oak notes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The sweetness takes over, becomes spicier and woodier.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm and sweet. The smoke is coming back, this time a little tender but still pleasantly present.

  8. Max70 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Returning on this whisky after more or less one year. I was looking for a "peated" bottle to open and it became the candidate.
    No regrets, always a very good companion of cold and foggy evenings, it warms the mouth and morale
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat is dominant but citrus fruits are very present too.
      A little note of chestnut honey that appears and disappears.
      Some medicinal hint....
    • Taste
      90 90
      A pleasure for the tongue, the smoke dominates at the beginning, but after a very little while, other tastes arrives, citrus fruits, blackberries, white pepper. The body gives a good velvet sensation
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat dominates the final, the oak is very present but bitter almonds too... It pushes to say "ok, just one other drop ....."

  9. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful dram, one of the best affordable Islay whiskies. Complex, balanced and easy going. Excellent value for money.
    • Nose
      Complex, fresh, sweet, dried fruits: apricot, plum, smoke, motor oil, lemon zest when adding water
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy, peppery, red apple, iodine
    • Finish
      Big, long, sweet, smoky, intense

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