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.
Malt Maniacs Awards 2010 & 2011: Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Daily Drams)
World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 13 to 20 years
IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Shortlist for TWE's Whisky of the Year 2013
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

143 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    5 days ago

    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
    8 days ago

    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!

  • 1
    6 December 2015

    Very bad. I used to be a fan but this 2015 offering is a chemical disaster. Perhaps a doctor could use it for sterilizing wounds, Germolene does the same job.

  • 5
    30 October 2015

    Tried this tonight at my local pub. Very nice indeed!! Very smokey but far from in a bad way, went down a bit too easy if I say so haha! Made all the more special when I realised I was getting it at ?3 a glass! Stunning, and will definetly look to get myself more of this!

  • 5
    6 October 2015

    Started the year with Ardberg Ugh & 10yrs, but kept going back to Lagavulin 16, already on my 3rd bottle. Its so precious now that i have started to ration it.

  • 5
    4 October 2015

    Today was the first time I tried this scotch. Inhaling deeply thru the nose, I sneezed every time. Laphroaig is my Favorite, but this is different than all others. My second Favorite for now.

  • 4
    29 September 2015

    A wonderful Islay single malt. Smooth and smokey with great depth.

  • 4
    29 September 2015

    Stunning malt favourite islay malt

  • 5
    21 September 2015


  • 5
    20 September 2015

    Excellent product. Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.

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