Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £58.45 £48.71 ex VAT (£83.50 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

302 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 days ago

    Smoke and iodine nose, with a wonderful briny palate. Awesome stuff.

  • 1
    5 days ago

    The single worst, most peat-mossy scotch I ever wasted my money on. The peat definitely does move in a weird direction on this on – not at all what I expected. Like a good smooth scotch, but not this one. Unfortunately not even worthy as a mixer.

  • 5
    30 January

    I was blown away by this scotch. Smooth, smoky and perfectly balanced.

  • 5
    19 January

    One of my all time favorite tipples, love the smoky peatiness of it.

  • 5
    16 January

    Outstanding whisky, but maybe not for casual scotch drinkers.

  • 5
    5 January

    Great whiskey!

  • 5
    29 December 2018

    Wowzers! My new favourite by far: fire and brimstone, a pyromaniacs dream... I'd give it 6* - off the scale!!

  • 4
    27 December 2018

    Definitely worth the price. Perfect smoky and a good taste of tobacco but a little bit too dry for my taste. It gets better and better the more you drink.

  • 5
    27 December 2018

    Smooth with the right amount of peat for us Islay fanatics. Complex and finishes with a touch of sweetness . Great bottle.

  • 5
    26 December 2018

    I’m completely smitten by this Islay that has so much character. I have multiple bottles of famous scotches which come in fancy bottles and gold crested labels and other embellishments, that are simply ignored. I find myself reaching for the unpretentious bottle every time I open the drinks cabinet. Lovely.

  • 5
    25 December 2018

    It's absolutely unique. I love it. You can feel the rough scottish climate cold and windy. Wind, sea waves, rocks and fireplaces smoke. Best single malt I've ever drank. Correction: the best period.

  • 5
    25 December 2018

    Simply the Best.

  • 5
    21 December 2018

    This is only the 3rd single malt added to my new founded collection. It is also my 1st Islay. I chose this one based on the amount of good reviews it has. Nose - smoke, iodine, brine, seaweed, rope, spices. Palate - Smoke, brine, kippers, a very mild spice. Finish - dry, but soft and sweet, followed by an increase in smoke, aswell as the sense of a very salty, smoked meat, with a long finish. Upon smelling this, I was abit wary of my 1st taste of this, and imagined myself choking up, but it is pleasantly smooth, and really is moreish. I'd recommend to anyone looking to try their first Islay. This will be a continually stocked bottle I think. Imagine a drop of water would open it up abit more but im yet to try, as my 1st dram was so complex and quite truthfully beautiful. I think it is an aquired taste though, and you either love it or hate it, but after my 1st sip, I feel like spreading this gem around hither and yon, but Ill be keeping it mostly to myself I think.

  • 5
    21 December 2018

    Does not get much better than this, superb.

  • 5
    21 December 2018

    it is wonderful. can smell the sea salted bogs which makes it unmatchable, in its own class. once you have some you get hooked for that aromatic sensation of the ocean and the bogs. entirely its own animal and should be given a latin species name!

  • 5
    17 December 2018

    My favourite whisky. Smokey & smooth. It’s my go to!

  • 4
    9 December 2018

    I have tried this whisky several times. The phenolic infusion from the peat smoke does not agree with my palate. Nonetheless, I keep it stocked in my bar for my guests who do like the punch this highly rated whisky delivers.

  • 5
    6 December 2018

    It smells like the inside of a vintage aircraft and tastes like an angel cried into the glass. Complex, you get motor oil, smoke, peat, iodine, salt water and citrus hints. Honestly, the absolute best of them all. Open it up with a single drop of water. Be warned, though this bottled beauty is as smooth as can be, the tastes are very potent and not for those who want a much easier to drink whisky. For those who want something smoother maybe Johnnie Walker Double Black would be more appropriate.

  • 5
    2 December 2018

    I made an account especially to give feedback on this marvellous dram. The taste sensation was so great I slept with the empty glass on the nightstand feeling like I'm camping out in the woods. Mature aftertaste that lasts for an hour at least with very present hints of smoky wood and citrus. This one is listed as "always in stock" kind of whisky.

  • 5
    1 December 2018

    Heaven in a glass.

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