Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £55.45 £46.21 ex VAT (£79.21 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

185 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 days ago

    Wonderful! Far from the most expensive malt, it is a many layered, complex example of the finest Islay whiskey. Mild peat blended with a hint of smoke, it is my favourite tipple to enjoy in quiet contemplation. Too much? Nah!

  • 5
    10 days ago

    Received as a gift. Recently retired FDNY put it on the shelf and waited for the right day. 16 years later... Never Forget. Smooth and smokey the way life should be.

  • 5
    12 days ago

    At the price ranges I explore, this is my #1 or #2 dram. (Talisker 10 is the other) What a fabulous drink. All that Islay peat combined with some orange and stuff from the ocean. It's an amazing Islay. I imagine myself sitting by the Atlantic on a chilly day with a fire. And drinking this fantastic stuff.

  • 2
    12 days ago

    Eeeeewwwwwwww, son. This tasted like a campfire

  • 3
    27 August

    Good but not worth the price.

  • 5
    18 August

    Nectar of the gods.

  • 5
    18 August

    Perhaps the smoothest most in depth characteristics of any of the whisky's iv'e tried. The smoothness is brilliant, very palatable and easy to drink. I often like to add a couple small drops of water to unlock some of the subtle flavors. Any Pub I go to if they have this whisky I'll take it over anything else on the menu. If you haven't yet tried it you're doing yourself an injustice.

  • 5
    5 August

    This Scotch is an amazing and economical weight reduction potion. Sip and ponder your way through a single straight shot, and when done enjoy how the taste changes for the next hour or more. Because you *will* taste it for the next hour or more. You see, you won't want to drink or eat anything else for all that time. This one small glass will keep you occupied for hours. Of course if you don't like Islay, forget it.

  • 5
    26 July


  • 5
    14 July

    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 !!

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