Lagavulin 16-year-old

Overall rating
88.13/100
votes
1178
Whiskybase ID
WB9
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Islay Malt Whisky
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Used from the early 2000s till mid 2012
Barcode
5000281005409
Added on
30 may 2007 4:14 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 73.42

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Whisky reviews for Lagavulin 16-year-old

50 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.13 points.

  1. DutchDarthVader scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    • Nose
      85 85
      Deep full smoky scent without the scent overpowering
    • Taste
      90 90
      Subtly balanced in taste.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Dry

  2. Thatch scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Drank again after 5 years - old love never rusts. Simply excellent! Very important, give him time in the glass. Let stand for 20-30 minutes, also after adding water. Worth it!
    • Nose
      87 87
      A bomb: iodine, smoke, maritime notes such as seaweed and sea spray, smoked fish. A great day at the sea.
      Also wax/paraffin and burned matches (sulphur dioxide at it's best).
      With a little water vanilla comes to the fore, dried fruits. Just great, can smell it all evening.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mild at first (as mild as a Lagavulin can be) and sweet. Dark fruit and dry, sweetness flashes briefly.
      Then with full force smoke, spice and again the day at the sea. But now rather right next to the smoker.
      Then the tannins come through. Gets dry, black tea.
      With water, the sweetness becomes more present, the spice moves into the background.
    • Finish
      87 87
      awesome sweet smoke, like freshly smoked fish. Again clearly the sea next door, but rather mild and fresh. Fades into notes of chocolate, BBQ sweetness.

  3. Bramarran scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Please see below.
    • Nose
      Heavy peated in the nose. Alcohol rarely gets through. Notes of Oak, Grasses, Licorice, Bourbon and Barbecue smoke. No hints of sherry in nosing.
    • Taste
      Complex whisky, less peat in taste than you would expect from the nose. Light vanilla note at the beginning of the tasting. Strong oak. Some fruity notes emerge, including the sherry (at the back of the tongue).
    • Finish
      Dull, long lasting finish with more sherry and oak.

  4. scuubi scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    This is definitely one of the better Islay standard offerings. Taste of peat smoke and licorice. A balanced whisky with a pleasant and long aftertaste.

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great nose - oily, smoky, peaty, sweetish salty. The taste and finish did not disappoint, despite 43%. It's a pity that they don't make them anymore. 23-22-22-22

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. GJR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Laga93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A full ,smooth, very firm body.
    • Nose
      Sea spray, peat smoke. Stings the back of the nose.
    • Taste
      Peaty dryness like gunpowder tea. As the palate develops, oily, grassy, salty notes emerge.
    • Finish
      Peat fire. Warming.

  13. st7 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Obanrules scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. Timgig scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Use only a little water. It is 16 yers old and has a lot to tell. Not so suitable for a beginner. Not for gulping down, take your time.
    Pricey. E150 color additive. But worth to try.
    • Nose
      W/o water: obvious smoke. Waxy oils. Floral sweetness.
      With water: first sweet of fresh summer flowers, shoepolish.
      With water and extra time: sweetness of ripe summer fruit, banana.
    • Taste
      Full sweet arrival. Long development of more sweet and smoke.
    • Finish
      Mouth drying, smokey finish. Long, very long.

  17. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. Abydoss scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Much smoke, with iodine, all with a mild (vanilla) sweetness in the background. After the addition of water, the individual flavors are much more balanced, the smoke comes back a little more, the sweetness becomes clearer and turns more towards whole milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, strong smoke, followed by light salt notes and a little oak. Again, the chocolate, which is now more in the direction of dark chocolate After the addition of water, there is an adjustment of the intensities: salt, chocolate and oak notes become stronger, the smoke goes back a little
    • Finish
      Long and with a lot of smoke, a trace of algae on the palate

  19. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: oily, smoke, peat, sweet sherry tones and briny - seaweed
    T: peat, smoke, pickle, citrus and nuts
    F: meaty, smoke, drying, spices - and nougat
    compared with Lagavulin 16 old White Horse label

  20. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very fine and subtle. I love Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      Very finely peated, notes of lemon and iodine.
    • Taste
      Mouth very fragrant and sweet, almost sherry, mixed with a light smoke. The whole is confit with a fat texture, cream (coffee?), Chocolate with candied orange zest (orangettes?) And maybe also tropical notes.
    • Finish
      Finely peated with still notes of candied orange peel, chocolate. The finish is nice but does not extend enough

  21. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    F
    • Nose
      Intensiver, medizinischer Rauch gepaart mit angenehmer Sherry-Sueße. Sehr komplex. Nach und nach verwandelt sich der medizinische Rauch in Lagerfeuerrauch und es kommt Raeucherspeck. Maritime Noten folgen sowie etwas Schokolade.
    • Taste
      Phenole, Lagerfeuerrauch, Speck, w
    • Finish
      Intensiv und waermend. Wieder dominanter Rauch. Trocken und etwas speckig.

  22. jodeenow scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Powerful.
    A very pronounced nose that stings a little, a little intoxicating.
    Very characteristic taste. Smoked, peaty, complex but not overly strong.
    Final long and warm.

    Bottle opened for about 1 year, which allowed him to relax a little. A classic !

  23. jodeenow scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. D3US scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lots of (non-Islay) whiskies have a predominate sweet taste with in some cases a bitter or smoky edge. Here, it's the other way around; Peat and slightly medicinal, heavy aromas are the base, and the edge is sweet. Really interesting to taste. A great whisky, and a must have in my book! 
    • Nose
      Heavy peat, but a very nice sweet note to it as well. Drying sweetness, that is, as if sniffing a sherry whisky. I get old leather notes, coffee, engine grease and coal fire. Really complex to me, a lot of aromas going on, getting something else at every whiff. 
    • Taste
      Drying peat, iodine, but much smoother and milder than I thought. The leather is still here, as is the oil and coal fire. Big sweetness on the edge as well, dark fruits and caramel. Again, very complex and lots to discover. 
    • Finish
      Medium to lengthy. The peat is still there, but never dominant in an unpleasant way. In the end the intense sweetness remains, with vanilla and honey, overripe fruits, malt and caramel. Really great stuff. 

  25. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A classic!

  26. Alex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Mouth is great, the nose is even better.

    Classic? Classic! A must have!
    • Nose
      Peat & sherry well composed!
      very complex, rounded, sweet, dried fruits; then ripe strawberries; parma ham; long development and keeps on changing. Excellent nose!
    • Taste
      Moderate peat smoke, rich and mellow. Half sweet, half dry. Less fruits than on the nose. Excellent balance.
    • Finish
      Very long, sweet-dry. Holds on for a long time, then fading slowly on drier notes and mild peppery spices. Wow!

  27. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A classic.
    • Nose
      Powerful aromas of smoke, peat and iodine, some fresh herbs and fruit
    • Taste
      Creamy, peat and smoke predominate without crushing everything. Sea salt, autumn fruits and liquorice.
    • Finish
      Medium, with peat and especially smoke.

  28. HunterRomario scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Another jewel from Islay Island. Strong tint of peat and smoke. The first personal impression was, after much anticipation, based on celebrated reviews, rather a slight disappointment, but I gradually came to my taste and now I am really excited about it.
    • Nose
      The aroma is rich and rich, ranging from boiled plum to caramel, with a smoky smell of cigars.
    • Taste
      The dry taste initially balances the sweetness of the sherry character, later oil, grass and salt tones are emerging.

  29. nijholtm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a warm, fruity and vivid dram.
    • Nose
      rich aroma of burnt wood, shoe polish and ash. The next layer reveals medicinal notes, iodine. 
    • Taste
      full and rich with notes of sundried tomatoes, seaweed, coals, salt and plums.
    • Finish
      long and exciting: goosberries, peppers and dried fruits.

  30. zinaf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice indeed.

    SGP:457
    • Nose
      Starts on peat smoke; hints of burnt rubber; then slight sweet note emerges (Turkish delight?); medicinal.

      (water) - cured ham (yum) - tons of it.

      With time - vanilla sugar (so this was the lokum note I noticed earlier); pencils.
    • Taste
      A tad sweet; peat; nice oily coating of the palate. A bit of coal. Dark chocolate. Dried and roasted prunes (crusty).

      (water) - much rounder; delicious; more of the prunes sweetness. Later - old ropes.
    • Finish
      Medium-to-long; smoke and coal. Gets drier and earthy (carrot peals).

  31. Zazaz scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Great whisky. Unfortunately weaker than the older white horse bottlings. I remember the explosion of peat and wood from a glass of Lagavulin 16 bottled in the 90s. Not so today, sadly. Still a high quality whisky, but not a 90+ rating anymore.

  32. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    One of my all time favourites.
    Unfortunately, Diageo/Lagavulin are not known for their transparency nor appreciation of their consumer as an intelligent being, so it seems to be purposely hard to identify a certain bottling run for the Lagavulin 16, adding the fact that the standard 16 yo has been showing quite large batch variations in quality over the last years, this can be quite frustrating, especially when you end up with a bottle of a weak batch. I had some that I rated close to 90, other similar looking bottlings of it barely made it into 80s.

  33. BeatF scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    No mistakes, but for me too uninteresting, since no corners and edges. I am sorry that I have to counter the mainstream here and do not distribute a great number of points. Did I catch here at best a rather unfavorable output year? My already started bottle coming from a strange bar has a strangely lame cork. Is it possibly one of the "previous disappointing bottlings" gem. JM? Since I have to just once taste in a very current filling ...
    • Nose
      Ash, peat, light sweetness, wonderfully restrained, very harmonious.
    • Taste
      Still ashy with a very slight bitterness, swept away by sweeties.
    • Finish
      The peatiness gives way to fig and everything says goodbye disappointing quickly.

  34. Master Quill scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I tasted two (`Port Ellen`) bottles. One from 2001 (89) and one from 2006 (87). My score is an average of these two.  

  35. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  36. Junior scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Place: @home
    • Nose
      peat, iodine; after adding a little water, I discern some tangerine
    • Taste

      heaps of well-balanced peat; starts sweet, but develops to sherry-dry; salty; dark chocolate; hints of pepper
    • Finish

      medium-long; liquorice, grassy notes, peaty; nice n warm

  37. Melvin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very good OA!
    • Nose
      Smoke, leather, sherry, bacon maritime
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoke, peat, pleasantly dry on the palate
    • Finish
      Long, warm

  38. christophe_carles scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  39. SpiritHall scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Good balance. What seems to be a nice light Islay turns out to be a more complex and interesting experience; especially the iodine.
    A very good Islay to have as your regular dram.
    • Nose
      Firm peat and iodine first on the nose. Then a sweet aroma follows.
    • Taste
      Creamy, then salty, then iodine and peat.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Spicy, peat and iodine. Oily and dry.

  40. Willie JJ scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Still a great dram, but it seems bland compared to Lagavulin from the past. That could be nostalgia though.
    • Nose
      iodine, carbolic, incense, sea air laced with seaweed and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Lots of wood amongst the sweet/salt malt. Vanilla, coffee and bitter chocolate.
    • Finish
      Shortish and salty.

  41. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The biggest peat attack from a standard bottling.  WOW!
    • Nose
      Strong peat.  Sulphur from sherry.  Vanilla.  Beach bonfires. Emergency room.
    • Taste
      Huge peat attack!  Strong sherry.  Dry on the palate.  Salt and iodine. Herbs.
    • Finish
      Long and peaty.  Spicy.  Sea salt.  Cut hay.

  42. Feusi scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly balanced sherry, peat and smoke in the nose. Fresh (citrus), sweet with a pleasant smoke. Oak and peat smoke in the long finish. Well balanced spicy sherry and peaty smoke, fruity with a perfect body. More i can not even say. Who has never tasted in miss something.

  43. gunnie76 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    Maybe not my whisky to rate. I like peated whiskies but not as smoky as this. Not a topper for me. Sorry peat lovers. Ok but not great.

  44. drkrylov scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    THE BEST!!!
    • Nose
      Sea spray, peat smoke. Stings the back of the nose.
    • Taste
      Peaty dryness like gunpowder tea. As the palate develops, oily,

      grassy, and, in particular, salty notes emerge.
    • Finish
      Peat fire. Warming. A bear hug.

  45. Zitch scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Vegetable peat, rubber, wax, leather
    • Taste
      The peat is well put forward but is not disgusting, very well balanced with salt and iodine.
    • Finish
      Final a bit short on peat for my taste. Less persistent than an ardbeg yet younger.

  46. Timo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    For me best available standard bottling of a single malts.
    • Nose
      The nose is medium. Smoky, campfire, leather, peat.
    • Taste
      The taste is very complex and powerful. Peaty, a lot of smoke, malty, soft.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long. Pleasantly spicy, smoky, peaty.

  47. mmaclean scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    This is truly one of the classic malts of Scotland. You get some smoke, tar, brine, peat and smooth rich finish. If you like Islay than you will love this version. If you like sweet and citrus this is not the Scotch for you, come over to the Glenrothes side. That being said everyone that has a collection will have something from Lagavulin in it for all those sea water drinking earth loving folks.

  48. tomy63 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      barley, smokes, earthy peat
    • Taste
      peat, smoked, iodized, liquorice
    • Finish
      smoke, boisee

  49. Quaker scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Single powerful malt and more meaty than his Islay acolytes of the same price. Do not hesitate to let him get some fresh air during a tasting.
    • Nose
      Peaty, iodized and marine. It is also earthy and has notes of liquorice. In the palm of the hand are smoked meats and very iodized seawater.
    • Taste
      Peat and iodine always. Some notes of smoked fish confirm the marine impressions of the nose. Once the bottle opened for a few months, sweet notes (licorice) melt and come round the corners.
    • Finish
      In the continuation of the mouth but more oriented on the smoke.

  50. JayR scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    A great session scotch.
    • Nose
      Apple, earth, peat,
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, butter, Cigar.
    • Finish
      Bitter, peat, medium. Salt, cigar,

  51. Dede scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great malt at a low price, more animal than young Islays competing with him.
    • Nose
      Powerful and expressive, both marine (iodine, seafood) and peaty, on tar, Lapsang Souchong (smoked tea) and sausage barbecued. Some fresh notes (eucalyptus) blend with subtle notes of slightly acidic fruits, like the small pieces of dried apples found in some mueslis.
    • Taste
      The attack is sweet, fresh and finally light. At this point, we might fear that the whisky is not watery, but no, the middle of the mouth warms up and increases in intensity until iodine and smoked flavors explode in the mouth, still on the smoked tea and the dried apple, with a touch of speck of the most enjoyable. The texture is fluid.
    • Finish
      Rather long for the 43% of this whisky, it is very smoky and slightly marine.

  52. SilentStill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the best standard bottlings of Islay Island. Always my pleasure.
    • Nose
      Beautiful, light, sweet peat smoke, traces of fresh leather, overall quite balanced and round.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet, cold ashes, milder than in the nose, a trace to thin, but again quite round and with a balanced body.
    • Finish
      Of good length and at the same time cozy and warm.

  53. Roel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced whisky that shows a continuous flow of liveliness and change. Clear, it is dominated by peaty notes, but not a one-sided oomph, it is more complex with the peat substrate interwoven.

    This applies to the 2007 bottling (88 points), the 2008 is different (86 points)
    • Nose
      As always a big nose, surprising amount of oak. The peat attending as the greasy medicinal variety (oil, iodine). Seems to be a lot of sherried aroma’s around too, particularly ‘Amarena’ cherries.
    • Taste
      Full salty peated seaweed. Iodine, of course, and dried fruits, dates, ripe cherries. The casks providing dry sherry too.
    • Finish
      Long, dry and rather fruity peat.

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