Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £53.55 £44.63 ex VAT (£76.50 per litre)
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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.

Runner Up in TWE's Whisky of the Year 2014
Distillery Bottling
16 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Orange Orange
  • Pineapple Pineapple
  • Brine Brine
  • Kippers Kippers
  • Smoke Smoke

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

176 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    10 days ago

    Superb.!! The single malt for the single malt enthusiast. An outstanding Islay. Complex and delicious to the palate

  • 5
    29 June

    It's a lovely companion after a long day.

  • 5
    23 June

    Mind blowing. Forget about the price range. I have tasted whinkys much more expensive -that are not HALF as good as this. It is dry and complex and I simply can't put it down. LOVED IT

  • 5
    23 June

    An absolute delight great aroma and a treat for the palate a fusion of tastes with a smokey peat overtone. Enjoy and savour

  • 5
    22 June

    I'll preface this by saying my usual scotch/whiskey/bourbon preferences lean more towards the sweet and honey tones from brands like Suntory, from Japan. I'm not usually a "scotch person" because sometimes the peat overtones can be a little overbearing, and the smoke flavor can overwhelm the more nuanced touches. In fact, I don't usually leave reviews. Ever. I just felt compelled to, because this is a brilliant single malt, with a certain brine character that mixes well with its sweetness -- like salted caramels. A slight brine can add to sweetness, and balance it, and in this bottle, it does. I can understand why some of the more hardcore scotch people are giving it three star reviews here, but if you're not looking for that "hardcore scotch" peat and smoke flavor, and you like it a little sweeter and saltier, you can't go wrong with this.

  • 4
    20 June

    I feel you need a good imagination to talk sea side overtones.... what I can say is the smokey pet shines through to complement a sweet oak taste and a smooth finish. It can be a little rough on the palette if you chew it to long, but frankly I love the sensation. A great whisky that refined pallets will enjoy

  • 5
    30 May

    A superb Lagavulin. After at least 16 yrs in the cask, the peat has died down a bit, revealing new layers of complexity on the nose, with phenolic notes and coastal (bay) overtones and brine. The palate is full, smoky, dry, and peaty.

  • 3
    11 May

    It's complex nose and taste make for a good dram but not great. 3.5/5

  • 4
    29 April

    I bought my first Lagavulin a few years ago and I was totally blown away. The smokey intensity, the taste of the seaside, that iodine, and its silky smooth texture, all married together in harmony. Then I bought a bottle fairly recently and most of those flavours were gone - no saltiness and seaside taste; the aftertaste was shorter and had less bite. Its aroma was lessened. I was quite disappointed. However, it's still a nice and complex scotch but at its current price (?53.55) I don't think it's worth it. Unfortunately, for me, it certainly has lost a lot of what used to make it great.

  • 5
    5 April

    This is one of the greatest whisky's - not for those who dislike a strong smokey drink. It has an almost salty brine which gives it a powerful, unique flavor.

  • 5
    2 April

    This is a great one, not the most peaty but the overall is very on point ! Everything fits together and have its part so you can taste a lots of things each seconds and perfectly equilibred !!! Lagavulin had worked hard on and you will absoluty taste it ! Flavorfull and the peaty not to far to remember you are still in the peat and in the sea, islay ! My favorite on the overall if you are looking for all kinds of taste at the same times ( i mean if you are looking for peat go with laphroaig ...) if you want alots and peat with it try this one!! I have to keep one in my closet for the moment i feel calm on a beautifull or even on a raining day ! This will keep you thinking and dreaming for hours !!! Taste it !!

  • 5
    1 April

    Simply the best whiskey in its price range. Takes a lot more money to match its complexity.

  • 5
    23 February

    Insanity in a bottle o' liquid peat. It'll kick yer azz.

  • 5
    14 February

    This is the most amazing Peat Whisky I have ever had in my life!!!!

  • 5
    5 February

    Nothing like it in its price range. Carnival of flavour: dry apricot and smoke that lingers long after you've left the ride. Must have.

  • 5
    24 January

    Got hooked by pure coincidence and can't think of anything else that I can call my favorite malt..

  • 5
    7 January

    My new fave. Complex, Smokey and Smooth. As you get through each level of flavour another kicks in, it lasts an age on the pallet. Awesome dram at a reasonable (for the quality) price.

  • 5
    6 January

    Fantastic smoky flavour. I love it

  • 5
    2 January

    A warming winter whisky that makes you feel like putting on your smoking jacket and slippers and relaxing in front of an open fire .

  • 5
    31 December 2016

    This stuff is beyond amazing. So complex, smooth, lots of peat, and full of flavor. Different flavors hit every 5 seconds. Just when you think it is done it smacks you across the face! Amazing scotch!

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