Category: Single Malt
Producer and bottler: Lagavulin Distillery (Diageo)
Series: Classic Malts of Scotland
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 07/25/2019
Barrel type: Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Exposure: 16 years
Aromatics. The surprisingly beautiful, rich, deep and ever-changing nose of this whisky testifies to its venerable age and the fine work of the manufacturer in maintaining the traditionally high quality of the product for a considerable number of years. He seems to have absorbed all the distinctive features of the Ailov neighbors (powerful smoke and peat like Ardbeg, a little medical features of Laphroaig, light minerality of Caol Ila, etc.) and mixed them into a single cool alloy. Here you have sweet pleasant smoke from burning branches of young trees or shrubs, and tobacco motifs, hot smoked fish, leather, shoe polish, withered leaves and humus in the autumn forest after rain, cold infused tea brewing. Let's not forget about sea (sea salt and a little iodine), medical (Vishnevsky's ointment, Asterisk balm) and malt (soaked crumb of white bread, vanilla) notes. It is worth noting that the aroma is also enriched by sweet and fruity traits (milk chocolate, baked pears and apples, prunes, lemon juice and zest).
The taste is really striking in its saturation, despite the fact that we have only 43% “on board”. At first, for a couple of seconds, it is sweet, chocolate-vanilla-caramel. Then burnt woods, pepper, zest, sea iodine, oily and minty sensations approach and, soon, they explode, filling the entire space of taste. Every now and then, here and there, fruits and berries suddenly manifest themselves in taste, successfully interspersed in this “combustible” space.
Aftertaste. Well, of course, long, long, how could it be otherwise. Gar, coffee, iodine, menthol.
Well, what can I say? Of course, this is a "classic of the genre." Honorary and brightest representative of the "Classic Malts of Scotland" series from Diageo. Each member of the smoky whisky cohort from Fr. Isla is unique in its own way, each has its own bright distinctive style, somewhere even directly opposite to its competitor. In many ways, for this we love and appreciate them. Lagavulin 16, as it were, absorbs all the best of them and thus “reconciles” them, bringing them to a common denominator. This whisky can be enjoyed endlessly, especially as long as it remains quite affordable through all sorts of promotions. All of the above, of course, refers to regular releases, and not to limited editions and barrel-strength releases - I have not yet climbed into such "wilds".
87 points out of 100.