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

151 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    29 October

    Smokey but not as harsh as Ardbeg... added just a teaspoon of water or one cube might over do it...nice mixture of sweetness and peat, very easy going down!! Nice single malt !!

  • 5
    22 October

    Great, marvelus taste

  • 5
    28 September

    Always a winner and the best. I'll punch anybody in the mouth who says 16 has had a down turn lol

  • 5
    27 September

    Excellent, peat and sweet in Beautiful harmony

  • 5
    25 September

    It's the nearest thing to drinking Angels tears

  • 5
    7 September

    reminds me of the old coal miners sweets very smokey tastes of vanilla and peat aswell dandilion and burdock almost in a way one of the best islay available one to try at least once in your life

  • 5
    15 June

    Should be in every mans liquor cabinet...the beginning the middle and the end. at any price

  • 5
    28 May

    Amrut (Nectar) of Life !!

  • 4
    21 May

    Peaty and rich. Full bodied. Multilayered and pungent. Nose is refined peat, orange, vanilla and tea. Palate is salty peaty smoke, chilli Finish long peat smoke chilli A fine alternative to the other KILDALTON peated whiskies. Guaiacol phenolic compounds more pronounced than the cresols, so more smokey than medicinal. Less peaty than Ardbeg or Laphroaig both of which are mid 20s ppm in the final spirit, this is about half that.

  • 4
    18 May

    One of the very best value for money, easily available, not surprisingly so popular. Not for every day , always remarkable for a stunning delicious smoke that long long lasts in the nose and brain.

  • 5
    30 April

    Nectar of the gods

  • 5
    19 April

    Smoky but also incredibly well balanced in such a way that the peat does not overwhelm the other flavours present. A warming, and complex whisky that definitely gets my vote

  • 5
    26 March

    Comparable to Laphraoig 10, but Lagavulin 16 lingers softly as opposed to Laphraoigs 10 extremely intense expression of 'smokeyness' & 'peat' flavours. The extra outlay is worth it, plus this has 43% abv :-)

  • 5
    2 March

    Mothers milk

  • 5
    25 February

    Finally I found a scotch that I love! I'm an American and a bourbon connoisseur. I love me some Basil Hayden's, Russell Reserve and other super premium/premium bourbons. I had tried several Scotch'es but most tasted like saltwater, peat, smoke and seaweed. On about my 2nd drink all the Scotch'es I had tried gave me that nausea I get from Beam white. Maybe it's too much sugar or I have no idea. But I'm sure all you connoisseurs know what I mean. Anyway I had seen where on, Whisky find the best, this got a 98% score so I thought I'd try it. Trust me, it's outstanding and the buzz is one of the best. I highly recommend this. As long as I can afford this, it will be in my staple as well as Basil Hayden's.

  • 5
    3 February

    The first time i tasted the Lagavulin 16 i wasnt a fan, but after gaining more experience with scotch i came back to it, more aware of the flavor profile and with a new respect for just how smooth this malt is bearing none of the burn or hard finish. Absolutely love the peat and smoke combined with the overall mellowness.

  • 5
    12 January

    Bought a bottle for Christmas and I'm currently drinking the last dram as I type this. It's a very enjoyable whisky but it doesn't offer any surprises, which does make it a good go-to regular. Bottom line; Laphroaig 10 is superior in my opinion but don't pass up the opportunity to try this whisky.

  • 5
    10 January

    Superior Scotch. Great sipping whisky to enjoy while reading the latest best-seller, or contemplating a beautiful sunset.

  • 1
    3 January

    Had a bottle of this in 2013 and it was my favourite dram ever - rich, subtle, complex, lingering. 2015 and it's gone downhill badly. Really nasty chemical note swamping all before it and sending me scurrying back to refuge in Talisker. If i wanted to drink smokehead at my local spit and sawdust i could do so at a fraction of the cost. Very very disappointing.

  • 5
    19 December 2015

    My favourite scotch!

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