The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers. Malt Maniacs Awards 2010 & 2011: Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Daily Drams) World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 13 to 20 years IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whisky - Scotch Shortlist for TWE's Whisky of the Year 2013
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDistillery BottlingAge16 Year Old
Lagavulin is a classic example of how smoke isn't a blunt instrument that covers everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the flavours produced in distillation and maturation. Lagavulin isn't 'smokey,' its peat moves into a weird territory of Lapsang Souchong tea and pipe tobacco, fishboxes and kippers. It smells of laurel and light cereal, but is always sweet. The palate shows more creosote, with hints of kelp and a little touch of iodine. Complex.
Customer Reviews: (92 reviews)
After trying Ardbeg 10 thought I'd found heaven in a glass - but this one has just set the cat amongst the pigeons! Perfectly balanced with the right amount of peat and wonderfully complex finish. Needs very little water added - unlike the Ardbeg. Can't make up my mind which one is better, maybe I'll just buy both and carry on deliberating!!
- Degsie - 15th March 14, 15th March
Truer words were never spoken 'Lagavulin has ruined every other whiskey for me' This whiskey makes mere mortals feel like they are enjoying life after death in paradise! An absolute bargain!
- Uncle Cid, 27th January
ive known this whiskey for 20 years but havent had any for years until my birthday when 2 bottles turned up one from my wife and one from my son what a islay malt this is it gives you such a wonderfull feeling i allow myself 1 dram a month with a nip of room temp water mmmmm billy rock nook littleborough lancs
- anonymous, 11th Dec '13
2 more bottles on the way. What more can I say, an excellent dram.
- R mac, 25th Nov '13
This is a wonderful whisky and one of my favorites. I keep it for winter and have just had my first one of the season. Some people never get on with peated whisky ( probably a sweet tooth) so never like it, but if you do, This could be the one for you. Very well made.
- JohnnyNorfolk., 21st Nov '13
On the first sip of this enthralling dram it felt like a mermaid had lept from the shores of Islay and slapped me across the face with her soft briney hand then wispered something pleasingly debauched in my ear, as it develops on your palette your taste buds are thrown into a mesmerising labyrinth when the tobacco like peat flavours lead you to a finish that reminds me of a warm satisfying hug from my favourite social worker.
- The Surgeon General, 9th Oct '13
Have to agree with all the reviews, I have tasted more or less every whisky on offer at an affordable price that is to say however if I were offerd a bottle in the relm of hundreds of pounds I would be tempted to give it a go but know true to my heart it would be lagavulin I would return. Love ya lag always thanks for sharing yourself with me and I drink you with great respect all you chaps before
- i, 6th Jun '13
Best value from Lagavulin series! Top notch, best dram & well crafted!
- Larry, Scotland, 22nd Apr '13
I've had a bottle of this for a while now & have tried many different Islay whisky's (and many other non Islay too!). But the balance of smell,flavour & the ability to transport you to a completely different world hasn't been bettered by any so far. A truly magnificent dram!
- Chris...Newcastle, 16th Mar '13
I was given a bottle of 16 for Crimble and was truly blown away. Very special and what a perfect balance of everything that makes a perfect whisky! It will always have a place in my cabinet.
- Gary Withers, 17th Jan '13
tasted this whisky at our friends over New year's day 2013 what a fabulous whisky full of flavours that left the most fantastic taste in the mouth , this malt is simply the best I have tried and my opinion would be very hard to beat.
- kenny mitchell, 5th Jan '13
I've been hooked on the stuff for 30 years since a friend gave me an almost full bottle because he didn't like it! He was,of course,stone mad.
- anonymous, 9th Dec '12
What can you say,one of the very best malts around.
12 year old limited editions are even better.
- rory m, 6th Dec '12
I was given a bottle for Xmas last yr, & i wouldn't mind another this year either.
Smooth, with a distant smokey warm taste.
- Rick., 22nd Nov '12
muy rica malta, suave pero intensa, y en el final explota con esa dulzura de frutas y cebada.
- Ignatius, 16th Oct '12
Lagavulin 16 yo is today considerably less than it used to be. Ralfy suspects that it's results of new, cheaper production process. Sad but true. Unfortunately, same thing with Talisker 10 yo.
- Mikko, 19th Sep '12
When I first tried 15 yo Lagavulin I was blown away with its gentle power. I don't like the strong, smokey, peaty flavour of Laphroaig but Lagavulin despite being peaty & smokey is so mature and full flavoured, perhaps as sweet as an Islay whisky can get plus its incredibly long, strong finish which makes it the best in the world for me!
- Jon - a lover of single malts, 16th Sep '12
Huge, full bodied, all the smoke and peat you could wish for, but polished as no other malt. Something special.
- anonymous, 17th Aug '12
Just tried it for the first time tonight and must say it is one of the best whiskey's I have tasted I need to go buy a bottle now !
- Beechy, 17th Jul '12
Hm, what can i say. I am Irish whiskey lover, but Lagavulin is the best whisky of world. Amazing!