An excellent combination of classical ayles with a sherry barrel, developing from the dominance of the base in the taste to the predominance of the barrel at the finish of the Molot has a solid character, excellent depth and richness of the components, and this under commercial strength - no questions arise - 43% is enough. In general, another classy Lagavulin, but if you put the question squarely - DE or 16YO, I would choose 16YO for myself, somehow a cleaner and uncomplicated version clings.
Open, wet, classic, smoky-smoked on a peat substrate, lagavulin notes in a frame of dried fruit and raisin tones, dried apples.
Here the sherry influence is already more powerful than itself, and competes on an equal footing with the base - a dense wave of raisins, dried apricots, sweet creamy tones, bitter chocolate along with smoke, smoked products, peat and charcoal, just a lot, deep and rich.
Here it seems that both the barrel and the base are slightly exhausted, but the remnants of strength turned out to be greater in the barrel - the finish is clearly raisin, dried fruit, sweet-creamy; smoke and peat somewhere on the periphery, trying to take revenge, but still a little nedobirayut.