Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

Overall rating
89.00/100
votes
295
Whiskybase ID
WB86624
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
05.07.2016
Casktype
Refill American Oak & 1st Fill ex-Bourbon
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
54.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Natural Cask Strength
Bottle code
L6187CM000 04593933
Barcode
5000281047058
Bottled for
Islay Jazz Festival 2016
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
09 sep 2016 2:15 pm by mad69
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 303.82

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

47 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. Albaron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    It's amazing how mild the whisky is despite cask strength, the flavors are unusual and it looks quite young, but not harsh, very interesting
    • Nose
      Smoked beer, a bit mineral, with ashen smoke, lemon, pear, some licorice and creamy toffee
    • Taste
      Pear, then immediately smoke and bitter, some lemon, cereal, a hint of creamy toffee, mineral and some spice with warming alcohol
    • Finish
      here the smoke and the bitter, then tannins and again and again the pear with a hint of licorice

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  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fatty, oily, fish oil, technical notes, baked apple sweetness, candied fruit pie and mackerel. Scottish salmon. Excellent and very tasty.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. dvdutch scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    The smoke and sweetness in this whisky has a balance like no other. It’s a gentle whisky no sharpness whatsoever on the palate

  5. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good and simple Lagavulin.
    The flavours are right into the spectrum of the 12 CS release of that same year (2016 200th) but lacks complexity and texture compared to it. My expectations were higher for this one. Although, I do prefer it to the latest releases of the 12.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Marequiers48 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A very good Lagavulin with a great complexity
    I like it
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Prince Valiant scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dryer, more direct and assertive compared to 2015, but the release is great. There is both balance and integrity.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy, lots of iodine and sea salt, charcoal fish, citrus fruits and spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry and spicy, iodine, eucalyptus, spices, citrus fruits and smoked fish
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lots of spices, black pepper, eucalyptus, iodine and citrus fruits

  11. aryehf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Laga.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Starts with clean smoke, maritime saltiness, lemon, very sharp and clean, vanilla. After few minutes it becomes more muddy, hints of butterscotch, oranges, the clean smoke from the beginning becomes more like coal smoke, medicinal notes emerge, salted caramel, barley notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, ashes, black pepper, lemon, oranges, malty, sweet barley notes, almonds, medicinal, bitter, white pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, ashes, coals, sweet smoke fades slowly, almonds, grapefruit, lemon peel.

  12. Dieter_W scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Boey that's supposed to be a Laga! Vanilla pudding, nut-lemon cake with
      Ashes sprinkled.
    • Taste
      In the mouth like a vanilla cream candy wrapped in bacon. Velvety soft on the palate.
      The alcohol cannot be felt.
      High art of distilling.
    • Finish
      medium

  13. pbe3300 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Refill American oak & 1st fill Bourbon
    Peat, tar and glue flavor

  14. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly balanced, with a lot of nuances, interesting for tasting.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dessert, rich in nuances, boiler room with a bunch of coal, smoke, soot, dried fruit, drying apples, prunes, medical theme, oak, cherry juice, very fine background salinity, cranberries in powdered sugar, vanilla pudding, salted caramel.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Salty, soot, ash, rubber, smoked ribs, drying apples, a wonderful micro explosion.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, ash, warming, dry, oak, drying apples, soot.

  15. thebonewolf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really nice even though not a ton of notes. The specific notes are very present and strong. I quite enjoyed this one.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Citrus, grapefruit specifically, smoke.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peaty, salty, spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Vegetal/earthy, salt. Long.

  16. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Макс scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great, very ripe ex-bourbon Lagavulin nose. Lots of vanilla, lots of salt, some herbs. Plus not a little yellow fruit. Moderately complex, but very rounded and beautifully composed.

  19. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. Menko scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    With some friends we compared some Lagavulins.
    This was our average rating:
    81 points: Jazz 2015
    83 points: Feis Ile botteling 2017
    87 points: Distillery exclusive 2017
    93 points: Jazz 2016

  21. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I had completely forgotten how good Lagavulin can actually be. It may not have an age statement, but man, how delicious this is. With a drop of water, it changes from a true smoke bomb to a slightly more gentle smoky dram with lots of fruit. Very nice!
    • Nose
      Slightly salty, briny. A hint of shells. Some smoke and peat here too. Wet rope. A hint of vanilla. Apples and lemon. A bit of menthol in the background. Then a note of celery. With water: more celery it seems and fruitier.
    • Taste
      Peat. Cookie dough. A hint of celery again. A herbal note. Lemon peels and milk chocolate. A slightly bitter coffee note in the end. And some spices, like cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper and nutmeg. With water: Fruitier. And more vanilla.
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long. It’s ashy, and a bit spicy too.

  22. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Coal smoke from the steam locomotive. Lemon juice, fresh earth, brass. Behind it vanilla and summer meadow. Rotten wood, old pepper mill.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet, spicy. Liquid honey, lemons, oranges, smoky pepper. Smoked fish. Leather, coffee, wood ash.

  23. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    I'm not a fan of smoke
    at this it was still pleasant
    • Nose
      Smoke, spicy, slightly iodine, some sweetness, malt, cabbage or leek
    • Taste
      soft on the palate
      Bananas, sweet, smoke
    • Finish
      long
      Car tires, salt

  24. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  25. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Direct is the typical Laga fragrance in the nose. Great smoke paired with a delicious sweetness.
    In taste and finish the Laga is his very, very fat board. Horny sweetness and again super integrated smoke. With water it gets even better

  26. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A beautiful trio is formed immediately between peat, citrus and malt. With the opening come the zest of grapefruit, salt, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.
    • Taste
      Peat very (too) moderate (for a Lagavulin)
      Oily and well spiced.
    • Finish
      Espresso ! Beautifully bitter. Dark chocolate. Length! Vegetable notes evoking the best mezcals.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose & Mouth 3/5
      Final 5/5

      Whisky n ° 1843

  27. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Classical noble Ayla, deep, complex, everything in its place, neither add nor subtract.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, smoky planks, cooled fire, raw ash, smoked products, fresh board, a little greens, field grasses, wet wool.
    • Taste
      Dense, oily, smoke, peat, lemon peel, peppery, smoked, crust of black bread, sweet confectionery notes, caramel, cocoa, cappuccino, toffee, fried nuts.
    • Finish
      Soft, velvety, continued taste, cappuccino, nuts, orange peel, smoke and peat in the background.

  28. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (22) Tasty (90)
    • Nose
      Citrus, smoke ... sweet pastries ... grass ... malt and salt ... moist soil ... with water: minerals ... fruits and vanilla ... coconut ... (22.5)
    • Taste
      The taste is powerful, salty-ashy, citrus and vanilla ... herb ... smoked, fatty fish ... prunes ... mint (23)
    • Finish
      Finish is long, peppery, ashes, salt, iodine, tobacco ... lemon peel ... mint ice cream (22,5)

  29. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A bit neutral at nose and pungent at taste while it opens up nicely at mouth with hints of peach and lemon a smoky base. Strong and quite powerful finish.

    The youngest components of this dram influence the judgement, especially at nose and initial taste.

                                                    
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. Liquid_Gold scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Still available at the distillery shop for 99 £

  32. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I've had better Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Lots of vanilla and ripe banana, and some gentle oak shavings too start, followed by yeast, tar and lemon juice. A hint of plastic and rubber, as well as peat of course, but it's not super dominant. I'd say this has a fair chunk of young Lagavulin in it.
    • Taste
      Dry, with a lot of roasted peanut skins, as well as a good amount of oak and wood smoke. A hint of peat, as well as some tar and brine.
    • Finish
      After a little while the bananas make an encore, but it is mainly soft wood smoke that linger for a long time.

  33. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=231 Color: sunlight Nose: Wet paper, cardboard, brooks, maritime salt-lemon combination and the typical young Lagavulin character stand in the glass. But also leather, vanilla, lime, green apple in a rich smoking robe and tingling peppery underlays. Taste: Powerful, spicy, uplifting and enriched with delicate herbaceous herbs. Well integrated fruit flavors from the nose which are accompanied by black pepper. Fresh eucalyptus notes give the taste an extra kick. Wet ash, coal, peat and smoke go hand in hand with the wort. Finish: Long - fresh, peaty-smoky and always sweeter on the basis of caramel and honey. The lime flavors are on the tongue right to the end. Comment: No false sound - young Lagavulin, well placed! 90 points N: 89P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  34. Vipère did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    On the nose, a profile similar to Lagavulin 12 years. Greasy, smoky, marine, a little sweetness brought by citrus and an earthy dimension after a few sips. On the palate it slice net, with the same ranges both fat and coastal. Final rather short, with a touch of leather. Effective, but too minimalist for my tastes.

  35. LiquidThoughts did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very nice Laga, on something almost everyone can agree even if you are not the biggest Islay fan.
    • Nose
      Black algae, typical dry-dark notes of sherry-islay's, fairly dense, leather-tanned, a few citrus fruits like grapefruit, dried herbs, barbecue, black walnut, far away a campfire half extinguished and a few yellow fruits now, peach or Mirabellen but wrapped in autumn leaves
    • Taste
      Also very concentrated and full, dark malt, herbal honey, black walnut, some wasabi, chestnut, dipped in algae water, old cardboard, pencil, pieces of coal, some pepper and fine bitterness throughout
    • Finish
      First, the little sweetness that was there is gone, the fine dryness and bitterness remains, some carbon powder and nutty, medium to long

  36. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  37. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting : Pure an average, young smoker with his climax the second after the first sip. With water much more interesting and complex, because the smoke is not so blatant over everything. And I must say that I like smoky whiskys. But before the game with water, he simply gave me less than most other smoky whiskys. And the resolution has made me then at a loss ... Since I prefer the 16er before (even with the same price). 78 points without water, 83 with!
    • Nose
      Smoke. Intense, young and cold smoke. After a few moments sweetness comes through. However, it remains that intense smoke dominates. Water : Fortunately, I added a few drops of water, otherwise the evening would have been gone. How interesting! Two drops of water attract such intense sweet vanilla from the glass, which is actually able to displace the smoke! The nose is more than pleasant, really tasty.
    • Taste
      Luckily more than feared! Even before the smoke hits the sweet and she really does - it strikes. Intense and powerful, she knocks on the tongue. Hardly 1-2 seconds later, you realize why she is in such a hurry - she is persecuted by the smoke. The smoke catches up with them, sweeps them away and leaves ashes. So a young smoke monster! Then the second sip, one prepares for similar, but what happens? Seasoning is here, delicious herbs, sweet herbs? No time to worry ..... WASH ... ashes. The smoke has won again. Water : Even in the taste of the whisky is much milder, but after swallowing, I expose myself as a naïve dreamer. There it is again, the ashes. Luckily, the nose stays so pleasant, at least the smoke does not make it any longer.
    • Finish
      The ash remains in the mouth for a long time, but other impressions can only last for a few seconds.

  38. Landryn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  39. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    So far I tasted the 2012 (91) and 2015 (90).
    This one reminds me of some 12 years old cask strength editions. Not very complex but very well done.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, tar, coastal notes, whiffs of ashes. With aeration, citrusy notes.
    • Taste
      Brines, ashes and smoke. Kind of sweet. Liquorice. Pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, slightly ashy, salty.

  40. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  41. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    well, frankly spoken, nobody really needs it just because it´s very close to the 12yo. don´t get me wrong, I´m a fan of the twelver and it´s surely great whisky.
    90/100
    • Nose
      smoky and tarry, salty, rather young smell, cigarette packs freshly opened, coffee liqueur, liquorice,,leather.
      the nose reminds me very much of the 12yo. very spirit driven.
    • Taste
      sweet start, rather briny, with lots of smoke, tar, liquorice and ashes. there is a slight bitterness to it, making a nice contrast to the sweetish elements.
    • Finish
      long, spirity, slightly bitter

  42. cfosterk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Pinkie said 2/3rds 15 year old refill bourbon and 1/3rds 7 year old first fill bourbon . As blending is traditionally in 1/3rds that makes sense. Very youthful and spirit driven which is suggestive of some significant youthful composition.

  43. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A wonderfully balanced and complex Lagavulin. Powerful and yet soft, the aromas are all well integrated. The secret star of Fèis Ìle 2017.
    • Nose
      Extremely dense nose, very sherry, and without sherry, where is the Lagavulin? After a few minutes he is there, along with lots of Led er, bright yellow fruit, citrus flavors and a good dash of vanilla over some hickory smoked barbecue. At some distance a fire blazes. Much later, the smoke has almost disappeared and only a hint of lemon comes to a full portion of caramel pudding. Only exercise brings back light smoke, peaches and mirabelles. Warms smoke from a stifling log fire, floor wax, iodine, the warmer it gets, the more the fire blazes again, it goes more and more towards chemical fire. The yellow fruits are also always juicier and more mature, a lot of peaches. From time to time also a floral approach, almost perfumed.
    • Taste
      Rich, full, well-integrated alcohol, in the taste initially very light with light honey, darker and maltier behind, dark caramel, slightly burnt and a little salted. Add to that very slowly white pepper to back a very gentle bitterness.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the sweet tones are gone first, only much later go the tannins, until the end even sweet ash on the tongue remains, and for a very long time.  

  44. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  According to Georgie this edition is composed of roughly 75 per cent of 15 year old from selected refill casks (designated to the 16 year standard edition) and 25 per cent of 7 year old from first fill bourbon casks.

  45. cfosterk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    huge batch of 6000 bottles so still available at the distillery at 99.00 today.

    might have some left for the feis for anyone that's going.

    Please don't buy on the secondary market!!

  46. djackowacko scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  47. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  48. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Young, strong Islay smoker with typical ex bourbon flavors. Was blind tasted and my tip was more towards Ballechin or Kilchoman. From a Lagavulin I would have expected even stronger peat smoke.

    84 points
    • Nose
      first a lot of vanillin, then clearly peat smoke, ashes, spicy cinnamon, soft toffee, a hint of green vegetables (peppers, mangetout), some citrus fruit with water, breakfast cereals in empty glass (Kellog's Honey Loops?).
    • Taste
      very strong onset, medium peat smoke, pepper, vanilla. Keeps some water, it brings the peat notes more into the foreground.
    • Finish
      Medium long with ashy peat. Longer after adding some water.

  49. Truco63 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    tasty smoke / fruit, great
    Blind Tasting in Whisky Advent Calendar by Marco Bonn 2016
    • Nose
      Smoke, citrus, vanilla
    • Taste
      Ashy smoke, creamy, citrus and light fruits, malt, strong but good alcohol, sweet, slightly spicy, light herbs
    • Finish
      long with sweetish fruit and smoke / ash

  50. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2016/lagavulin-2016-200th-anniversary-12yo-special-release-vs-jazz-festival-nas-41085/ Color: sunlight
    Nose: Wet paper, cardboard, brooks, maritime salt-lemon combination and the typical young Lagavulin character in the glass. But also leather, vanilla, lime, green apple in rich smoke, tingling-peppery underlaid.
    Taste: In structure powerful, spicy, enriched with tender-tart herbs. Well integrated fruit flavors from the nose, which in turn are accompanied by black pepper. Fresh eucalyptus notes give the taste an extra kick. Wet ash, coal, peat and smoke go hand in hand with the spice.
    Finish: Long - fresh, peaty-smoky and always sweeter on the basis of caramel and honey. The lime flavors are on the tongue right to the end.
    Comment: No false sound - young Lagavulin, well placed!
    90 points (nose: 89 / taste: 91 / finish: 90)

  51. cfosterk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    rifkin is spot on, no sherried whiskies were used in this batch of jazz festival.

    i love it :)

  52. rifkin did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    There is no sherry whatsoever in this. Visited the distillery upon release earlier this fall during the jazz festival. Spoke both to the whisky blender (Iain) and distillery manager (Georgie).

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