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.

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

249 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 days ago

    Smokey notes beautifully combined with fruity sweet finish. Sweet peat monster. Loved it. Got it from the whiskey exchange Edinburgh

  • 5
    10 days ago

    I first was introduced to Lagavulin at a wine store. A person had come in to buy some wine and was referred to me for recommendations. After helping him he went over and got a bottle of Lagavulin. He asked me if I had tried this and I told him I had only had blended scotches. (This was 40 years ago). I asked him what single malt I should try. I'll never forget his reply."There's many a fine single malt laddie,but the only one I would go to war over is Lagavulin". I've drank many a fine single malt, but I have to agree with him.

  • 5
    11 days ago

    I had it 2 times after dinner on my Scotland holiday and loved it !

  • 5
    1 July

    You really can't call yourself a fan of whisky until you try Lagavulin 16. Islay scotches are well-known for their bombastic approach to strong peaty smoke, which tends to garner them a love it-or-hate it following, but Lagavulin transcends those debates altogether. It's simply one of the most excellent scotch whiskies ever. No other dram has quite the balance of peaty aroma and delightfully sweet-n-savory drinkability found here. The campfire smoke combines brilliantly with remarkably smooth fruity flavors and hints of brininess. Goes great with a rib steak or other hearty dishes. Truly one of, if not the best, and definitely in our top three along with Oban 14 and Talisker 10.

  • 5
    28 June

    Its simply amazing. If you like peat, you cant go wrong with this. Keeps you coming back for more.

  • 5
    19 June

    My childhood of crashing seas and heavy skies revisited. Seaweed and peat overtones. Warming but not overpowering. Move over Laphroaig 10, there's a new player in town.

  • 1
    15 June

    Sorry to say that this is the absolute worst Single Malt I have tried- so far. Smells of gasoline exhaust and the taste was very bitter. Have gone back to Macallan 10 year old.

  • 5
    13 June

    I have tired many good whiskies, but this was something special. The aroma is absolutely best in my mouth, even my wife who don't like the taste of whisky in common, fell in love with Lagavulin 16 year old. I have tried to find something I could like as much, tasting many excellent single malts, but not succeeded.

  • 3
    10 June

    My first initial smell had me thinking of floor laquer... BUT it gets better as you drink. Aberlour 18 is much better.

  • 5
    9 June

    My all-time favourite.

  • 5
    8 June

    This is my favorite spirit. I love the rich taste and smokiness. I like Laphroaig 10 but feel that it's not as rich as this. When I swallow this a taste something like chocolate come up in the back of my mouth.

  • 5
    6 June

    I am pretty sure it does not rain in heaven. But if it does, it’s raining Lagavulin.

  • 5
    5 June

    Exceptional. It's possible the 92 point review is even a touch low.

  • 5
    23 May

    Quite simply the best whiskey I have ever tried. Every sip takes you on a different journey.

  • 4
    10 May

    This is a great scotch (I also have the 1999 Distiller's Edition but prefer this one), but requires a bit of preparation, I think, to get the most out of it. For example, by pouring it into a small Glencairn glass you will get an alcohol bomb followed by peat (nice peat), but using a glass that is a bit wider, I think you get better aromas. After a few sips, I always add two drops of water to open it up. As other reviewers note, it is a harmony of peat, brine, and a certain smooth, sweet, mildly fruity taste. I love drinking this slowly with no disturbances. This is a real pleasure to drink.

  • 4
    26 April

    The trick is to add just enough water. Too much will loose its taste too little will keep the peaty scent too striking.

  • 5
    15 April

    As Brian Cox put it Lagavulin is indeed the cognac of scotch whisky. The smoke is so well-balanced with the rest of the spirit and that kippers taste will keep you coming back for more. I would advise that you don't add any water or ice. Savour it as you find it. Delectable stuff. 6 out of 5

  • 5
    1 April


  • 2
    14 March

    very very pungent. All I could smell and taste was smokey iodine and kelp.

  • 5
    4 March

    I don’t drink whiskey, well I thought I didn’t like it until I tried this very good smokey whiskey. I will give it a try soon

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