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Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Jan 2014 12:01 pm by totalatool

Average value

€ 55,87

Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

250 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.70 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 
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    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. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Batch L8212

    Very nice, like a broadside sweet smoke. The smoke smell could also come from the lapsang souchong of my local tea dealer, as if resinous wood were burning in the distance.
    But even in Lagavulin 16 I find a medical grade that is very, very similar to the current Caol Ila 12yo. Maybe because of the same malt?
    But the smoke here is heavier, heavier, carried by sweet vanilla, and a handful of redcurrants. Also a splash of juice fresh orange pressed is there.
    After some breathing time comes a smell like dates in bacon from the glass and at the latest now begins salivation.

    A smoky-sweet, but also dry onset, vanilla and again parallels to a freshly brewed Lapsang. A little dates and orange, some currants. In short: the aromas of the nose consistently continued in the mouth. Add to that the taste of licorice on which you chew (which often exists on medieval markets, for example).
    But: The mouthfeel does not do justice to the strong nose. It feels a bit watery, the aromas are not as strong as the nose promises. Unfortunately that makes him seem quite flat.

    Here he is bitter, a touch coin money (too many inactive barrels?), Sawdust and remains of pencil tips.

    A solid whisky and a welcome guest in the local bar. Unfortunately, I do not like this batch so much, and I find the four-year-younger brother from the North Coast more rounded overall and more coherent in the overall picture.


  5. JanSmit scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    very nice smoked whisky

  6. Jonas.G scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. whiskyd scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I had a better memory of it. A little disappointment, I probably evolved.
    An everyday Whisky at a very affordable price anyway.
    An effective daily dram.
    • Nose
      Beautiful peat, smoke, lemony and slightly iodized.
      There are some cooked fruits (citrus fruits)
    • Taste
      Very aqueous, too reduced.
      Mineral peat on iron, lemon, leather, cocoa.
      There are also some spices, cooked fruits and caramel.
    • Finish
      Nice length, on caramel, leather, spices and peat.

  9. 11insomnium scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nosing: Smoky, slightly sweet and fruity, slightly floral and spices, light citrus freshness

    Tasting: Strong and spicy smoke, sweet, spices

    With water: phenolic smoke and fruity

    Comment: Altogether more phenolic smoke than campfire smoke. This batch L8073CM004 (2018) is less aromatic than old bottling L4191CM000 (2014).

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    can be, surely the best whisky distributed in GMS !!
    and for a moderate price, almost not expensive enough !!
    • Nose
      complex, on fine spices, on orange, fresh peat, a little iodine too and sherry.
    • Taste
      spices and peat in a row, then the characteristic sweet sherry, woody, leather, mildew and orange zest
    • Finish
      long, silky, subtle, on the same aromas with smoke in the bottom of the glass!


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