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

258 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    11 days ago

    One of the best Islay single malts. Lagavulin 16 tastes like smoking a pipe on a fishing barge by yourself, with nary a coast in sight, or sitting by a crackling log fire by the forest late at night. Smooth and sea-salty without distracting sweetness like some of the other single malts. If you are one of those who is able to its appreciate unique character, you will never go back to anything else.

  • 5
    24 August

    An absolutely stunning dram. I guess you really do get what you pay for! I bought this having previously tried Laphroaig 10, and I'm blown away by the extra complexities in the flavours. Not one to be rushed, and I find a little water helps to open the flavours up a bit.

  • 5
    23 August

    Just try it and you’ll be hooked if you like sweet peaty flavors in scotch. Outstanding.

  • 5
    22 August

    I liked Laphroaig 10 and a colleague recommended Lagavulin. The first time I had this, I was sold. My favourite. Smoky and smooth with a distinct aftertaste.

  • 5
    13 August

    Lagavulin 16 got me into whisky. My first time drinking this dram was truly a phenomenal experience. There is something really special about the smouldering warmth that follows the signature smoky, peaty nose and palate. Love it or hate it, Lagavulin 16 still stands as one of the best single malts on the market, with lots of value-for-money as well.

  • 5
    5 August

    I appreciate all the regions and their expressions but no other whisky comes close for me. Sitting in front of the fire with my dog after a day in Scottish mountains, 2 glasses in to a Laga 16. Can't get much better. Ignore the low star reviews because too smoky or peaty for certain palates. You can't criticise an Islay for having the characteristics of an Islay in the same way you can't criticise a cat for not being a dog (as it were). If you appreciate Islay whisky, know what you are buying and have half an idea what they're about and what to expect, then you can do no wrong here... beats excellent Ardbeg and Laphroaig equivalents....King to the Islay princes.

  • 4
    28 July

    This is a benchmark of Islay Whisky. Yes it has has colouring and produced for masses but nevertheless a very enjoyable experience.

  • 5
    24 July

    Stunning Whiskey. Deep and complex but simply divine. By far the best peated whiskey around and now my go to drink. Highly recommended.

  • 1
    21 July

    This is a very disappointing purchase. Paint thinner has about the same taste, unless I got a bad bottle. If this is how it should taste you would be a fool to buy it.

  • 5
    12 July

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

  • 5
    12 July

    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
    10 July

    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.

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