Review: Lagavulin Aged 16 years Single Islay Malt Whisky

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Lagavulin is located on Islay, one of the legendary places of whisky, if not the most famous. It is one of the 6 Diageo classic malts, and they certainly do bottle some classic whisky. This version is the 16 year old, and comes in at 43%, and is certainly a very different malt (and less expensive, believe it or not) to the 12 year old bottled at cask strength.

I love the way it is presented…a thick box, with lots of little details like the distillery picture and Isla embossed on the bottle and box, along with the lagavulin coat of arms, which is certainly impressive.

Lagavulin is located on Islay, one of the legendary places of whisky if not the most famous. It is one of the 6 Diageo classic malts, and they certainly do bottle some classic whisky. This version is the 16 year old, and comes in at 43%, and is certainly a very different malt (and less expensive, believe it or not) to the 12 year old bottled at cask strength.

I love the way it is presented…a thick box, with lots of little details like the distillery picture and Isla embossed on the bottle and box, along with the lagavulin logo, although really it’s more like a coat of arms.

Nose: New leather comes out fairly clearly, and the smoke is very present –  smoked sausage, salty smoked jerky, bonfires with a few damp leaves added in…and we also have apples, vanilla custard, some fresh bread, and even some berry notes – but dried, like dried cherries. The smoke isn’t necessarily the booming forefront of the nose, but it is found in every crevice and corner, holding it all together. The nose doesn’t jump out incredibly – it takes some time to open up – but I do very  much enjoy it. 27.5/30 (92%)

Taste: A soft, sweet entry with a bit of weight and smoke before some tree fruit come in mid-palate – pears, perhaps – and then the smoke, caramel, and earthiness from the peat slowly ramp up to take over with a tiny bit of heat. It’s beautifully sweet – not too sweet but rather balanced by the smoke and the fruit and the rich, dense oak; perhaps why I find it so drinkable. Smoky, rich, fabulous…28/30 (93%)

Finish: The smoke lingers, and lingers, and lingers. There is some fruit as well – apples and pears, and it is a complex finish. You can almost wonder at the finish as long as you can the whisky – it coats your mouth and almost makes you feel as though you still have the whisky in your mouth. After some time, you get a bit of mossiness from the peat – but it’s fabulous. And for sure, it’s a resilient finish – I brushed my teeth last night and could taste the whisky even after that! The finish is a bit sweet as well, which is always pleasant, with a touch of salt which is interesting – reminding me of salted caramels.  there are even some flavours of chickpeas as well after a good bit of time….it’s sweet, long, tasty…I don’t know if there’s much more I could want in a finish. 19.5/15 (98%)

Lag 16 (1)Conclusion: This is so drinkable, and so beautiful. It’s the ironically beautiful bottle which is so good that you can’t stop from just drinking it too quickly to properly savour it. It just calls you back for more, and more and more…I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bottle that has so effortlessly disappeared. 19/20 (95%)

Overall: 94/100

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