Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
White Horse Distillers
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
1816/ISLAY embossed in glass
Added on
07 May 2014 8:19 am by totalatool

Average value

€ 486.83

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Whisky Reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.55 points

  1. OJK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Rubber and old leather on the nose, with earthy vanilla and smokey oranges and cream. Surprisingly restrained on the palate, before the vanilla oil and smoke builds into a chocolate and orange finish, with some lovely fresh black pepper.

  2. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    After finishing the three 1990s Lagavulin White Horse bottles I bought from auctions (1 glass letter, 2 gold letters, all with different bottling codes) and opening the last samples I had left about a year afterward, I get the feeling that all three bottles, bought at different auctions and presumably from different sellers, lost a bit of power after opening, and two of the three samples were even a bit flat when I finally got around to drinking them. I think that at 43 %, these early Lagavulin 16s may have already gone over their peak quality, so caveat emptor, auction hounds.

  4. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Amazingly sherried peatiness, not overly peaty. Perfect balance between vegetal peat and sherry. Very full and mellow, very light chocolate. Fruit jam
    • Taste
      More vegetal with sweet sherried finish, burnt sugar, dark, stewed fruits, smoky, campfire.

      This is how peated whisky should be...
    • Finish
      sweet sherried finish

  5. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.

    A wonderful Laga from the 'White Horse' times!

    Thanks, Thomas, for opening this bottle!
    • Nose
      Coffee, leather, salt water, tobacco, ashes, reindeer suds (yellow little Noble Plums), peat, heavy red wine, oily seaweed, peat with plum sauce, hint of apple;

      some sour  peppered orange, shellfish and other mineral aromas, fresh pork fat - also bacon, wood smoke with high resin content, pancakes, a mixture of leather, tobacco, caramel (also honey), a little custard, trace banana, tropical fruits and soft raisin, sweet orange with a little honey - the peat smoke fades into the background and interweaves in this mixture, which remains almost constantly accessible;

      after several moves of the glass: wood notes, rotten wood, peat, mud, a salt water-lemon juice-motor oil mixture, thin leather cloths, couverture, marzipan chocolates (towards domino), firm chocolate caramel with honey core, bacon cubes in stale red wine, sweet apricot, whole subtle yarrow, memory of old hairdressing salon, a touch of spikenard, also marzipan;

      Appearance of bitteroranges, gauze bandages, Beta Isodona ointment, old Bepanthen ointment, sweet marinated wood barks, a metal tin with leftovers of red jam, some cinnamon ...
    • Taste
      full, spicy, sweet, peaty, cake-like, honey sweetness, coniferous forest, caramel sweetness, demerara sweetness, hints of coffee and wood, apricots, cocoa powder and dark chocolate, hint of leather, tobacco, banana reminder, beta isodona ointment, some oranges;

      a wonderful blend of many flavors, (powdery-creamy mouthfeel);

      Bitter oranges, lemon juice, peated hair tonic, more cocoa powder, needle bath additive, shashlik spice, hints of red wine and sherry, dry Spareribs;

      Chocolate-saltwater, fruit spirits, lighthouse, cake with dark cherries.
    • Finish
      Sweetness, wood, caramel, chocolate, jams with honey, nut and nutshells, earth, forest soil, sensation of bitter orange, salted sweet milk;

      Bergamot, some coconut (white meat), Armagnac, a lot of vegetables.

  6. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful, very well balanced classic Whisky.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Waykid scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Would be easily a 91-92 if the taste would compare with the nose. However it tells tales of a good time: tasted in a line-up with two OB 16:s from 2013-14 (88) and 2016-17 (87).
    • Nose
      Wow. Begins with a sourish applecandy-aroma that I associate with good oak. Lightish peat, the deep 'n round, fairly sweet aroma of good sherrywood. It turns really delicious with some time in the glass. Not very smoky but sherried in a really good way: dates, orangin, herb-liquer, green apple, nuts. Cleaner, lighter and less smoky than it's contemporary peers.
    • Taste
      A certain flatness and dryness in comparison to the nose: nothing disturbing here either, just less depth. Raw sugar, sweet and sour. Some coffee, iodine, camphor, orange and lemon. Pecan and macadamia-nuts, bitter dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Sherryish with the dates and lemon. Not very long nor strong but good.

  9. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Lagavulin 16-year-old White Horse Distillers is a different story to the Lagavulin 16-year-old these days (2017). It's so rich and complex on the palate. Every time I got some Distillers Edition from the 80s I can taste this White Horse style in the malt. Great job done those days.Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Cold fruity peat smoke. Iodine, earthy and iodiny malt, sweet seaweed, some raisins, some sherry (PX), leather, wax.
    • Taste
      Cold fruity peat smoke, salt, silky, wax, smoked ham and fish. Great texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke, sweet fruity ashes, salt seaweed.

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    How I wish Laga 16 was still like this...
    • Nose
      The coloring policy at Lagavulin is consistent: I find it hard to tell between this and a contemporary 16 just by hue. 

      Oilier, fishier and more herbal than a current 16yo. A box of old tools or coins. Musty leather, as if a chest of clothes forgotten in an attic. Earthier and more robust than the contemporary one, with some vague fruit and boot polish - the only way I can describe this certain aroma that can be found in many 70s - early 80s Islays. 
    • Taste
      You can feel the 43% but not quite as badly as in the contemporary bottling. However, the body is an entirely different affair. Very rich and satisfying, silky smooth, leathery, greasy, with some smoked fish, old oak, and distant sherry notes. Sophisticated yet personal and unrelenting. Savoury and a bit waxy. The peat is fabulous: present and all-pervading, yet not at all punchy or out of tune with the whole. 
    • Finish
      Ashy sherriness. Not very loud but it coats the tongue well and lingers a while. Faintly salty too. The ashes are stronger and more bitter than in the contemporary version. By taste this whisky could easily be scored above 90, but (probably thanks to the ABV) the finish isn't quite as full as it should be.


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