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Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.77/100
votes
2816
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

€ 54,33

133 × in wishlist

2816 × member ratings

10286 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
22
Finish
22
Balance
22

Tastingtags

240 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
06 May 2017 5:32 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 91 points

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 91 pts   ·SUPERB·

Weighted Rate
90.5
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
91
Presentation
86
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
05 Nov 2017 10:51 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 87 points

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.

Gloin
Expert Senior Gloin Tasting note
01 Sep 2017 11:35 pm
Gloin gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose


Rauch und Orange dominieren den ersten Eindruck, süß, Röstaromen, kurzgebratenes Fleisch, die Kopfnoten Rauch und Orange bleiben weiter präsent, geräucherter Fisch


Taste


Weicher Antritt, dünner Körper, wieder geräucherte Orange, jetzt unterstrichen von leichten Bitternoten dunkler Schokolade, Malz, eine Spur Weinessig

Finish


kräftige Rauch und deutlicher Rauch, die Eiche dominiert nun die Frucht, lang

Comments


So muss geräucherte Orange auf einem Seefisch riechen, schön intensiv und harmonisch. Der Geschmack ist etwas anders, aber nicht schlechter. Allein der Körper enttäuscht ein wenig. Der Abgang rundet den Whisk schlüssig ab. Immer wieder gut.

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Bj0rnp1
Expert Junior Bj0rnp1 Review note
30 May 2018 9:05 pm
Bj0rnp1 gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
80.1
Nose
79
Initial taste
81
Body
80
Finish
83
Price
84
Presentation
71
Taste with your eyes, nose and tongue. Not with your wallet. My Collection
DStehr
Newbie DStehr Tasting note
26 May 2018 12:19 am
DStehr gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Peaty bonfire smoke, iodine note, slightly maritime, complex, in my opinion you need to smell at least 5 minutes to get past the peat and iodine to find the lighter notes like vanilla and a hint of leather.

Taste

Peat, spicyness, ripe fruits, dates, sweetness with maybe a slight touch of honey, dried apricots and plums (confit fruits) 

Finish

Strong, spicy, oakiness, very peaty even after 10 minutes from the last sip.

Comments

Very wonderfull whisky, has al the elements i like; peaty, medicinal, slightly fruity, little sweetness and a long spicy finish

Max70
Expert Senior Max70 Review note
24 Apr 2018 10:09 pm
Max70 gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.6
Nose
86
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
88
Presentation
86
Stanzeflasche
Member Senior Stanzeflasche Review note
19 Apr 2018 1:23 pm
Stanzeflasche gave this whisky 88 points

Une bonne tourbe marécageuse et poisseuse vous monte au nez, accompagnée d’une dose de citron et de sherry. C’est très équilibré. La fumée sert de liant à tout cela, elle enveloppe les fruits secs, ainsi qu’une touche marinée et iodée. Du raisin? De la mûre? Et bien sûr le fameux thé Lapsang Soochong. Ça semble très profond au départ, mais au final, c’est assez frais et fruité, la tourbe ne dévore pas tout. On n’est qu’à 38 ppm. Un peu de gros sel met l’eau à la bouche.

Il est temps de tremper ses lèvres. Tout de suite, le sherry s’impose, associé à une pointe de caramel légèrement salé. Le thé se fait plus fort en finale, et légèrement poivré. C’est long en bouche, sans être violent.

Ce whisky est un grand classique, pas étonnant qu’il fasse encore autorité. 

Weighted Rate
87.7
Nose
90
Initial taste
86
Body
86
Finish
89
Price
89
Presentation
86
123Mike123
Member Senior 123Mike123 Review note
16 Apr 2018 2:58 pm
123Mike123 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
91
Presentation
87
123Mike123
Member Senior 123Mike123 Tasting note
16 Apr 2018 2:52 pm
123Mike123 gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Rauch, Jod, Räucherspeck, Seetang

Taste

süßer Rauch, Gewürze, Jod, Salz, Rosinen

Finish

lang, fleischig, trocken werdend

Comments

Einer der besten Standards und einer der besten unter 50 Euro!

Corso_theRed
Expert Senior Corso_theRed Tasting note
06 Apr 2018 10:39 pm
Corso_theRed gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amber
Nose

New bicycle tires, sweet strawberry jam, juniper cured ham, and herbal incense. Always a joy! Mint licorice, chalky paint, putty, and there are even some farmy notes are emerging if you add a drop of water.

Taste

Mellow arrival. Malty, excessively sweet, mentholated caramel, and burned licorice. An amalgamation of dried fruit and herbal smoke is held together by a think and viscous mouth feel – even with some water it does not lose anything. 

Finish

Medium. Some associations of tannic vanilla and peat smoke-infused gammon.

Comments

What can you say? It is sixteen years old, from Islay, with sherry cask influence, tasty to boot, AND still quite affordable. A staple in the whisky world and well worth every Penny, Cent, Dime.

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