Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
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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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16 Year Old

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by David Broom for Whisky Advocate

    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.

    92 Points

119 Customer Reviews

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  • 3
    16 July

    I got my first bottle of Lagavulin 16 now in summer 2015 and I have to say this bottle isn''t very peaty at all.

  • 5
    3 July

    So smooth smokey taste is not overpowering . Perfect

  • 2
    3 July

    I can''t believe I''m saying this but this fine product has changed. Ordered one while out, I hardley recognized it. One of my all time favorites, was very different. Little smoke, lack of depth, quick finish. Convinced the bar keep made a mistake, I went to the bar to see the bottle. It was the Lagavulin 16 but seeing it almost empty, I thought that must be it. Asked for a new bottle, which they had and gladly opened. Had another but while marginally better, same feeling of loosing an old friend for this was not what it use to be by a wide margin. I sadly went home, poured my own and the classic smokey amazing 16 was back. I may have cherish the ones I have in case they have changed forever.

  • 3
    4 June

    Re-Review: My older review was based on a bottle purchased in 2013 (which may have been older). I ordered another in June 2015, and feel like its missing something. With the older bottle, as soon as you opened it you could smell smoke across the room. With the new bottle I get less smoke, more bite, less complexity, less development as the whisky is drawn down in the bottle and exposed to air. Sad. Hopefully I just got a bad batch. I might try the LG3 next time instead.

  • 5
    4 June

    It''s damn good.

  • 5
    4 June


  • 5
    8 May

    Amazing! I saw this one morning earlier this week, on a short program about Scotland distilleries.. As inexperienced as I am about alcohol, seeing as I just turned 21 and didn''t have much of an interest in drinking until I had some whiskey fudge last fall and I was hooked on whiskey. I thought I would try Lavagulin for my first real taste of the liquid whiskey, and I fell in love last night with the first sip! I can''t get it off my mind it is so delicious!When I read that it had seaweed in it, I laughed. I had found my beverage! Thanks to the long history of Islay! :)

  • 5
    6 May

    The greatest malt I''ve ever had. I assumed this was just due to inexperience, and for years tried to find better. I have been unsuccessful. Several things to notice: Incredible complexity: some peated whisky is just peat, this is so much more. The most smoke I''ve ever had, but with honey and an awesome finish. Opening a bottle is quite an experience, as the smoke escapes and permeates the room. Note: I visited the distillery, and had Lagavulin from 12 - 43 years old right from the cask. The 16 year old captures the best of all.

  • 5
    25 April

    My favourite malt by far, a simmering combination of peat, fire, and iodine.

  • 5
    20 April

    I have become a fanatic. Enough said.

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