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
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
16 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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

226 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    5 days ago

    Smokey, smooth, and very aromatic. Be warned, This is not something I’d recommend for a first timer.

  • 5
    7 days ago

    Wonderful smokey smooth single malt that delights. Tried first on Burns night!

  • 4
    12 days ago

    Enjoying my very first glass of Lagavulin 16...all the smokiness and peat, with hints of the ocean (kelp!?)...I really like how it leaves my palate after each sip...brilliant!

  • 4
    5 February

    Acquired taste this one,but if you like it..you love it!!!!Amazing flavours...great fun to sip and savour and wallow in those Lagavulin tastes!

  • 5
    1 February

    Love it. Agree with Brian Cox - cognac of the whiskies

  • 5
    27 January

    Full of wonderful campfire smokiness. a drinking experience that can only be compared to a brisk walk on a wild Scottish headland

  • 5
    27 January

    One of my favourite malts, Love the nose and the lasting flavour is great with a powerful smoke coming through. Brilliant and Christmas time when I get a new bottle always makes me happy. A must buy for a smoke fan

  • 5
    26 January

    It seems to be a love or hate Scotch. The complexity to me means my palate won’t hit on only one or two aspects. Every sip is slightly different. Never boring! My birthday celebration whisky!

  • 5
    21 January

    Such a great Islay whisky, really changes from peated smoke to sweet with a little water and half hour in the glass. So complex and an amazing finish. Just a few glasses into my first bottle of this one but will have to keep it in my rotation for sure. Just an excellent Islay whisky.

  • 5
    20 January

    Most pungent Islay of all single malt

  • 4
    17 January

    Lapsang Souchong on crack.

  • 4
    17 January

    Wow what a peated smoke hit. It's quite strong and perhaps not everyones cup of tea. It goes great with smoked salmon and blue cheese. If your not sure whether you will like it, why not try the selection box with it in. I will buy this again .

  • 4
    9 January

    Peat and smoke reviews are upfront and accurate. That being said, keep it out of your hand when drinking, the warmth created drastically changes the initial notes. Keep it cool for first sips washed with sour apple while second and third give way to almond butter and burnt plum. Tops.

  • 5
    1 January

    Strong peat start but has a great smooth finish. Have to give it a couple sips and/or a few minutes but it is an excellent Isley whiskey

  • 4
    28 December 2017

    First time a tasted this brand. It's very smokie with long after taste.

  • 5
    27 December 2017

    Complex and very smooth, a must for every whiskey enthusiast.

  • 5
    23 December 2017

    This is complex and unique like all great whiskies. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars. Laguvulin’s neighbor to east, on the south coast of Islay, is Ardbeg. Ardbeg 10 is my favorite Islay whisky and one of my favorites in general. It’s neighbor to the east is Laphroaig. I also like Laphroaig 10 better than this. Both cost a lot less money. Personally, I find this to be more comparable to Caol Ila 12, located on the east coast of Islay. However, if you love the style, you owe to yourself to give this a try. I’m sure that some of you will agree with me and some of you will like this one the most.

  • 3
    23 December 2017

    Not as it was.. A bit deminished. Something amiss with those casks? It would have been 4 stars if Lagavulin wasn't artificially coloured or chill-filtered.. Please Stop It Deagio.

  • 5
    18 December 2017

    Wonderful slightly peaty and really hits the spot.

  • 5
    10 December 2017

    One of the best Islay whiskys I have ever had along with Talisker 18. So sophisticated and smooth, yet so fiercely smoky and peated.

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