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Nose: More like Lapsang Souchong tea than Lapsang Souchong! One of the smokiest noses from Islay. It's big, very, very concentrated, and redolent of iodine, sweet spices, good, mature sherry and creamy vanilla. Stunning.
Palate: Very thick and rich. A massive mouthful of malt and sherry with good fruity sweetness, but also a wonderful sweetness. Big, powerful peat and oak.
Finish: Long, spicy finish, figs, dates, peat smoke, vanilla.
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Lagavulin 16 is easily the most beautifully crafted thing ever bottled. A distinct but not overwhelming peat flavor with notes of sea spray to begin. After a few sips the notes of caramel and (I am in the minority opinion with this but..) chocolate covered raisins come through. I wish I can give it more than a 10-10 because that just doesn't seem good enough.
17th December 2014
For those who love it would probably give it 5 stars ... the first point it hits your nose ... the strong palette ... the lingering after taste ... would probably leave the people who enjoy this taste wanting more ...
unfortunately ... she is not a lady for me ... she smells like that ash smell when you go to the dentist and they drill your molars for cavity ... then it lingers within your mouth like a long been put out cigar ...
15th December 2014
Extremely smokey, yet remarkable smooth. The peat on nose on this sucker will nearly knock you out, and is overpowering. The taste is mesmerizing, with a sherry sweetness lingering on the palate with the finish. New favorite.
14th December 2014
I had a chance to sit down with a bottle last night. Truely a great Scotch. it got better and better with every mouthful.
12th December 2014
The nose is nothing special (your usual islay malt smoke peaty smell) the palate is a vast improvement. However, the finish is without a doubt one of best I have ever tasted. Very few world whiskies will have you going to bed dreaming of waking up with the same taste still in your mouth as much as this will. It is a must try
8th December 2014
I accept that it's not as good as it used to be but it is still without a doubt the best entry level whisky on the market and for the price it is definitely a bit of a steal, I've had more expensive whisky that were not as good as this but still, in my opinion, were still worth the price I paid. It's far from the finished product but if you get the chance you have to give it a try
Hauntingly brilliant taste. Smooth, smoky peat, and sherry flavor. Great after taste that lingers for a long time where the hints of vanilla comes through. I can still taste it. I would never mix anything with this outstanding single malt. Hands down my favorite Scotch.
27th November 2014
During My stay at twin farms, I wanted to try Scotch and knew about Glenlivet. to my surprise the attended ask me several questions about my spirit choices, after we exchanged notes he asked if would mind trying this, i gave it a try and never once looked back to want the Glenlivet. the smoke and peat is such a great blend. yes these are not for everyone's pallet, but if you like the rich smoke and peat. in a scotch that's meant to be drank neat this is perfect.
26th November 2014
The Irish would say, "Brilliant". But then they say that when I make correct change. Seriously, this is Nirvana for me. I've tried a number of others, many of which were fine Scotches, but that smokey, peaty richness just does me in. "Heaven, I'm in heaven..."
23rd November 2014
This is the best Scotch I have ever had
22nd November 2014
Doesn't get more complex and interesting for an experienced single-malt palate than Lag... If you aren't ready for something like this...that's OK - it takes some time wiht singles to appreciate something like this.
And if you are so fucking stupid that you would mix something as artistic and unique as Lagavulin with ANYTHING, you should be immediately euthanized. Beware the Mix...seriously? What a moron...anyone who talks about "mixers" on a single malt page is galactically stupid...
Spare us all from your stupidity...jump on a kitchen knife...stay away from these pages
20th November 2014
To the folks complaining that Lag is just too smoky--one person asks how to "mitigate the smoke"--this IS A SMOKY ISLAY scotch. You wouldn't go to one of the original meat market smokehouses in Lockhart, Texas, taste their brisket and then go up to the counter and ask them how to get rid of the smoke. You wouldn't call up the Cohiba factory and Cuba and ask them why the maduros you just got taste so...smoky. Here's how to "mitigate the smoke": give that bottle to someone who appreciates it, and enjoy your Chivas and your Tony Roma's ribs.
Ignore Beware the Mix, he's been trolling on several whiskey threads with the same stuff: "doesn't mix well with my Doctor Pepper", "doesn't go so well with my lucozade" etc
The lag 16 gives a peat smoke flavour so refined as to be a standard against which others are measured. A classic peated islay to be kept always on hand to teach of peat smoke pure and tasteful.
16th November 2014
Shared amongst brothers. Very well received. The most satisfying and tasty malt my under experienced palate has tasted. Should have bought 2 bottles.
8th November 2014
Nose is smoky, salty iodine, with subtle mint and citrus. Very smooth on the tongue, thick peat, smoky goodness. Long smooth smoky finish, ahhhh
The show "Parks and Recreation" led me to want to try this whiskey, as one of the Iconic characters refuses to drink any whiskey besides this one, so I assumed it was a man's drink. The show was right. This is a great and powerful, smokey and flavorful whiskey. Definitely worth the price.
31st October 2014
An experienced drinker wouldn't dream of mixing a single malt with coke or anything for that matter especially the Lagavulin 16. Perhaps you are an experienced drinker of cheap whiskeys?
29th October 2014
Is this a joke?
"If like me you like to mix your whisky with coke"
"There are much better drams out there"
27th October 2014
Please be warned by an experienced drinker - this does not mix well at all. If like me you like to mix your whisky with coke, irn bru or lemon then this is not for you. There are much better drams out there.
26th October 2014
I've seen this Scotch described as "massively peaty"...whilst it's certainly peaty....it's not massive...not in the same league as Ardbeg or Laphroaig....but it's certainly very nice...spicy and rich and full of tatse...it's not amazing but a lovely scotch, and reasonably cheap..so try it.
23rd October 2014
First impressions: Caol Ila 12 but stronger. A little disappointed, even though I like Caol Ila 12. I was hoping for something bolder. On second taste, however, the spirit, as it often happens, came to life. Much more smoke on the nose and salt on the palate. As a huge bourbon drinker and a fan of every Islay I've had so far, it definitely ranks as one of the best. However, at the price it is, it should have a higher ABV (46-50%) and no chill-filtering. Price aside, it is great stuff.
19th October 2014
Amazing taste sip it and saviour but don't go near it if you are basic blended and water person. Enough said!
11th October 2014
Smoke all the way.. Not your every dram.
10th October 2014
Shared your gem with a gathering of 100+ US academics in London last week. Stunned by its potent aroma and unending smooth taste, L quickly became known as 'liquid smoke'. My task, should I accept it, is now to ship tasters and/or bottles to our next gathering in October 2015. All help appreciated!
6th October 2014
I had always been more partial to small batch bourbons than whiskey. Once I was offered a glass of Lagavulin 16, it was obvious the reason was because I had never had the right whiskey before. Delightful, bold complex taste that lingers. It has become my "adult beverage" of choice.
3rd October 2014
Mmm, the smell and taste take me to the Atlantic Ocean. Home. Salt and peat smoke on the nose. Big, rich mouthful. Spicy and peaty with a sherry influence. Vanilla and figs. Peat and smoke lasts for several minutes. This commands respect.
30th September 2014
Recent batches of Lagavulin 16 lack the sherry cask influence that was present even just a few years ago. It's still decent - just different, and less complex than it used to be without the sherry cask involvement.
29th September 2014
Прекрасный виски, один из САМЫХ любимых!!! Я вижу, предыдущий комментатор жалуется на взлёт цен на Lagavulin в США. Я не знаю сколько стоит он в Америке, но в Украине Lagavulin 16 стоит 1200 грн. - зарплата 2000 - 3000 грн. (это не описка) Так что братья американцы - не печальтесь, не только вам тяжело!
Someone asked my recently; "what's your favourite whisky?", It's an impossible question, but if I had to answer, all things considered, it would be this, Lagavulin 16.
28th September 2014
Warning: -any positive review you may have seen about LV 16 is an absolute understatement. When Brian Cox says this one is his favorite, now I know why. I give it a 10 out of 10. It is hard to imagine a single malt getting any better.Delicious.!!!! Just the right balance of smoke(peat) , sweetness, complexity, zero burn. Magnificent. Even with recent price run ups in the US, it is worth it.
14th September 2014
In one word: GENIUS!
12th September 2014
If you like smoke and peat, with a hint of sweetness (sherry), you will love this! It has an outside, seaside savour to it. Don't listen to negative reviews. Can't imagine anyone who really appreciates good scotch not appreciating this. It is a favorite among many long-time scotch drinkers.
2nd September 2014
I must have been looking for like months before I found this totally awesome whisky. The USA of course makes the most epic whiskies but this is totally not bad. I would give it like 8 out of 10 and rate it as high as like a Jim Beam.
Big Jim - Kentucky
29th August 2014
Agreed, a mediocre Islay malt. Was great when I starting out in the world of single malts but somehow lacking now.
25th August 2014
This is a very smooth flavoursome scotch,but I find it so overwhelmingly smokey,so as to be undrinkable.Deeply disappointed. Can any one suggest how to mitigate the smokiness?
23rd August 2014
I've been desperate for a regular drinking scotch to have a few drams of on weeknights or quiet saturdays and I have found it. This is such a delicious whisky with just the right blend of sweetness and peat. It is just at the top end price wise of what I would consider to be affordable everyday whisky, but it is absolutely worth it.
20th August 2014
Few years ago this was magnificent malt, but not anymore. No it's just a mediocre Islay malt. So sad.
17th August 2014
i was hesitating to buy this, because of the sweetness. But don't worry at all i took the risk and it payed of big time! This is a very balanced whisky, i would recommend this to anyone who has Ardbeg, Caol ila and talisker.
8th August 2014
A smoky, rich, very smooth and balanced whisky. Highly recommended!
2nd August 2014
Hands down the best single malt. Sipping one after dinner makes the day complete.
30th July 2014
will buy again
whoever makes this you have brought me back to the land of scotch
22nd July 2014
To the person who said women can't appreciate a good whisky, I'm a woman and this is my favourite. It's mellow, honey tasting, but not to sweet with some and vanilla. Words don't do this justice. It's nectar.
19th July 2014
I've been sipping on this whisky for a few hours now, trying out the flavours and letting it grow on me. When you put your nose to the glass, you get a smokiness that is truly beautiful. It's Lapsang Souchong, dark wood, strong, with the aromas of a warm fire or a burning cigar. The Lagavulin 16 is an instant favourite, and it is a whisky that will always be on my shelf. However, I do advise anyone who is new to single-malt whiskies to try something else, perhaps a speyside whisky before moving on to the islas, because the rich flavours of the Lagavulin will be lost on you. It's a whisky to be savoured and taken in little sips. A truly fantastic buy, and the beginning of a new love affair.
11th July 2014
My wife just bought me a bottle of this for Father's day and I was suitably impressed. Wonderful nose, great and clean finish. I am a big fan of peated scotch and smoky flavours. Its going to be difficult to not polish off this bottle quickly.
18th June 2014
Need your help. I know nothing about whiskeys, but reading these reviews I think this may be a good 30th birthday present for my fiance? opinions please xx
17th June 2014
I thought I wouldn't like the peated stuff after being put off a bit by Ardbeg's intensity but a glass of this a few days ago changed my mind completely. The peat was like a scaffold for the other flavors to dance around on. Great balance and loooong finish. Sweeter than I thought it would be, and smoky and coastal in the best ways possible. It stayed on my palate all night, a treat that was well worth the high price.
16th June 2014
As the title says...great raisin and fruit mixed with slight salty/medicinal but thick rolling smoke. Recent bottling I tried is not as oily or viscous as previous ones - something that Jim Murray also notes in his Whisky Bible 2014. Why I wonder? What a useless review below dated 9 June 2014. Really worth reading.....not.
12th June 2014
Yeah.. it's ok, I wouldn't punch the person who gifts this bottle to me, I just would not pay the price myself.
As with most whiskys, burns your mouth and numbs your palate. Drink enough of it and it doesn't matter.
9th June 2014
My son bought me a bottle for my birthday.i was always a Highland Park man but this stuff is incredible.Sweet smokey very complex.i agree with others that a touch of water opens it up.Wonderful!!
7th June 2014
I'm a big fan of Islay whisky's. Although i like this Lagavulin i found the nose to be not too complex and doesn't last very long on the tongue. It can be quite harsh to the uninitiated but i find a teaspoon of chilled Scottish spring water brings out the flavours better. It's not as smooth as say Cao Ila which i find more to my liking. Nonetheless it makes for a nice dram and refines my palette further. If you like smokey, heather, vanilla, nuts (but not sweet) then I would recommend Bunnahabhain 12 yo(Reserve). There was also a special edition reserve for Duty Free (airports) which i bought that was very nice too. This one I would also add a teaspoon of spring water to bring the flavours/nose out.
5th June 2014
Made of the finest unicorn tears, this is is one is my go to.
4th June 2014
As my father worked on Islay as a young man, I had a 'heads up' on this particular brand. It really is a wonderfully rich Scotch with abundant peaty aroma and taste. It does n't scald the palate like some other single malts, rather it warmly envelopes you. Pricey but absolute value for money.
3rd June 2014
If people are going to comment on the whisky or matters involving whisky then I really think they should be up to an acceptable standard of education before you accept their views. Really some of the grammar, spelling and script is quite, quite appalling. Please try and up the standards!
2nd June 2014
Can't beat this stuff. Pure class. All time favourite.
31st May 2014
nothing to add, for me always be no. 1
26th May 2014
Although a person of modest means, your Lagavulin 16 is the only scotch that I will drink. No more Chevis Regal for me! I am totally ruined for any other scotch. I love the smoky peat taste.
20th May 2014
...and the other way around. Try this with anything on the mellow side of Alice in Chains. Jesus christ....
18th May 2014
Suckling on the maternal teat....Magic!
15th May 2014
Drinking some now. You got it DOWN, Lagavulin makers. I know it's bad for me to have just one more, but just one more. So expensive, but perfection is worth it. I can't afford more than a bottle every once in a while, but maybe that's a good thing. My liver will be the better for it. An explosion of WOW in my mouth with every sip. Thank you.
11th May 2014
I am not very very impressed with this scotch. I like smoke in my whiskey and bought a bottle of Lagavulin 16YO with promise of similarities with Lafraugh. However the Lagavulin is not in any way matched with the Lafraugh. It doesn't taste bad, but there's no strenght to it either.
10th May 2014
I bought a bottle for my son. We tasted it, and it was just beautiful!
Son was so impressed that he had to share it with everyone who visited!
Seriously, I'm afraid I would only share with very close friends who had an appreciation of a good
9th May 2014
I am new to the single malt scene and in my limited knowledge must say this is the best whiskey I've ever had. It's an educational experience this whiskey. Like I said I the title this one is my best yet.
8th May 2014
I have just tasted this and it is truly exceptional. It starts with a beautiful mouth feel and then the complexity is amazing.It is what I am looking for when I want an Islay whiskey. I can hardly wait to have some with good smoked salmon.
3rd May 2014
Anyone who describes this scotch as "ok" knows little about Islay scotch and probably is dumb enough to mix it with soda..
2nd May 2014
Ardbeg has had its moments in recent history, unbeatable 5-6 years ago, for sure. Laphroaig will always be a huge favourite and is as good as its ever been but Lagavulin is in a different league at the moment. Its complex deep, rich and all consuming compared to the Ardbeg, much more 3 dimensional; its finesse and refinement put it apart from the Laphroaig. The most complete whisky you can get at the moment, It's a must try in my book
1st May 2014
This is a reasonable dram but nothing compared to the Ardbegs or Laphroaigs. The much more mellow peatiness of this makes it a good cool-down after a couple of the former whiskies though. It's a fun feeling to have the peatiness of a Laphroaig still lingering in your nose while you sip on one of these. However even that said, I far prefer the Distiller's Edition if getting a Lagavulin--the sweetness makes it a bit more rounded than the rotten driftwood flavor I get from this one. Still I wouldn't turn it down, and it's substantially better than many more expensive whiskies I've tried, slightly better than the similar Talisker 18.
29th April 2014
There is no better islay whisky. The Ardbeg freaks need to take heed.
24th April 2014
Just tasted this. I have tasted some great whiskies, this has to be a favorite in my collection! Magnificent whiskey, for its age and price
15th April 2014
This was my first ever single malt. I remember driving home, thinking "50€ is at the very peak of my financial capabilities, so this better be good and worth the reviews". And I wasn't disappointed. Somewhere I had read that if you choose Lagavulin as your first ever single malt, the rest might never feel that good again. Well, it's absolutely right! Not that there aren't any better whiskies in the world: there probably are. But for a first ever single malt: this is indeed incredibly good! Easy to drink, perfect balance between peat, smoke and sherry. After drinking about 15cl, you still feel that amazing peat after-taste even after 10-15 minutes. Truly special stuff, highly recommended!
4th April 2014
Amazing taste, needs 20 swirls before drinking, get ready to have a totally different Scotch experience.
This is a fantastic single malt for those looking for something a little different out of their whisky. It does have a strong, almost medicinal smell (iodine is a fitting reference), but don't be put off. The best part is the intense, smoky finish which comes so smoothly to the senses. While not for the faint of heart, this is truly one of the finest drams for those who like a unique experience from their whisky. My favorite single malt to date.
3rd April 2014
Clear alcohol is for rich women on diets. This is a real drink.
29th March 2014
So far the most balanced regular bottling of any distillery I've tried. At its price range nothing else compares to this beautiful dram.
Have you noticed yours is the only bad review?! this is the best single malt, nay whiskey, period!
25th March 2014
As a Laphroig man i was eagre to taste this .I must say this is very,very nice whiskey.The smoke, peat,Fruity sweetness,oak all shine through really enjoyable taste an overall Excellent whiskey !!!!
14th March 2014
So far my penultimate. And to the ridiculous single bloke commenting below...I hope it is giving you solace. Me? keeping some under my petticoats
7th March 2014
20 years on as a single malt drinker, never tasted anything better as yet. Not for everyone surely, as it takes many years to develop the palate. I used to drink neat but use little ice nowadays. Always keep one at home. Very refined.
5th March 2014
Bought a bottle of this just after Christmas and I'm fairly new to Whisky. Heard a lot of great stuff about it which does NO justice for it. It's not only the best Whisky I've tried, it's one of the best drinks I've tried, Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic.
Make no mistake, this is a man's malt. Not one to argue with but one to embrace with sensitivity to maximise the taste enjoyment.
Of course, the fair sex drinks malts too, but I doubt many of them will swap their Highland Park for this beast any time soon. Indeed even some men may well prefer a dram that's a little less in their face.
Fortunately, my favourite tea is Lapsang Souchong. This is the alcoholic (and cold) version with a peaty smokiness that takes you straight to the distillery building.
But that's not all. Uniquely dominant though the peat is, it's beautifully counterbalanced by rich spicy fruit & a reasonable snooze in the sherry barrel.
I can guarantee that this is one malt that, once tasted, you'll never ever forget.
Right, I'm off for a cup of Lapsang. Then again......!
Each time I have a sip it gets better and better. It's astonishing.
1st March 2014
It is the definition of scotch whiskey to me. So wonderful and beautiful. It's supurb.
23rd February 2014
I taste the edge of the whiskey barrel touching the whiskey. It's so good is amazing. There's a sweetness to it that rolls off your tongue. The smoke and peat is perfectly balanced with the sweetness. It truly is the ultimate scotch whiskey for me.
The best period.
One of the best Islay whiskies there is.
20th February 2014
Absolutely superb. Just the right balance of peat smoke and fruity complexity. Incredible value for money at the price too.
How clever of Lagavulin to mature their 'entry level' at 16 years. It subdues the intensity of the peat and allows appreciation of all the other complex flavours that make this such a knock-out Islay. If you are a peat freak then you may find this underwhelming, but if you like a balanced dram then this is for you. A very fine Islay.
17th February 2014
"Cognac of whiskies" - Brian Cox
13th February 2014
It is how it is supposed tot be, pretty close to perfect.
No need for ice or water.
8th February 2014
tried the 12 as a very new entrant to the world of whisky..never had anything like it. made me smile. a lot. very rewarding so had to try the 16. completely different experience. more refined certainly. a lovely smokiness but no peaty fire like the 12.
for me, next bottle is going to be back to the 12 i think. which is handy coz its cheaper. altho i will prob have to try the 16 distillers edition as ive heard its cracking (for 65 odd quid it better be). long live Laga.
1st February 2014
I am in no way a fan of peated or Smokey Whisky. I can't stand Ardbeg, laphroig etc, but with Lagavulin its different, even though its rich, the flavours of the smoke and peat are well balanced on the tongue. This not only makes it drinkable for me, but something really nice. The. First time i tried it was at a Whisky Live tasting even, they recommended having a smoked cheese along with a lagavulin to promte the flavours, and it works!
Lovely peat although a bit dry and ashy. Very nice medicinal notes. Nice smoothness shows the benefit of those 16 years in the cask. My only problem is the price. Fans of Lagavulin 16 should try Ian MacLeod's Smokehead which, although clearly younger by taste, is considerably cheaper and I will bet money that it is made either by Lagavulin themselves or Lagavulin's sister company Caol Ila.
29th January 2014
and this is not the stuff it used to be very sad
This is an amazing scotch. Smoky, wonderful nose, sweet finish and very easy to drink. Priced reasonably too.
This and the laphroaig 18 at my favorites among the smoky, peaty and sweet scotches. same price as the 18 Laphroaig.
Both benefit with the addition of a teaspoon of water to enhance the favors.
There's cheap booze and expensive booze and they are 2 completely different things. Previous reviewers have described the taste well, and I love me some Lagavulin taste, but nobody's touched on the warm rush that you get when good booze hits your stomach. Lagavulin gives me a warm, spreading rush like no other. After about the third sip, I just melt. Cheap booze can't do that at all. It's right up there with playing Really Loud electric guitar on a good night when your band is tight and almost as good as really good sex. Seriously good Whisky. One of the best drams I've tried. Peace.
18th January 2014
blows like the oklahoma winds.
17th January 2014
Lagavulin 16 year old is like sipping angels water! An experience to savour like no other scotch!
16th January 2014
My friend and I both have a bottle of the Lag16, His is a 2012 batch (L2) and mine is a 2013 (L3).. the difference is BIG ! the 2013 is aggressive on the tong, less smoothness, less peat, LESSSSS sweetness/sherry compared to the 2012.. I had a 2012 last year too.
ps note the batch date by the number following the letre "L" on the lower portion of the bottle
Still very good, but not the "Magical" drink it was just a year ago!
13th January 2014
Love the smokey after taste, you have to be a real scotch drinker to appreciate this scotch. Love it.
6th January 2014
A great dram. Well worth the price. Always keep a bottle of this in.
3rd January 2014
don't want to rant to much as trying to restrain usual verbosity. So straight to the point.... very nice !
2nd January 2014
Should be taken off the shelves.minus 5 rating
I'm no stranger to smoke and peat, I've had and find examples of Laphroaig quite agreeable, and when I saw my first sight of Lagavulin on a bar shelf I was quick to order it. The first comments on the smell as the glass arrived at the table, were from my family, "WOAH, did you order gasoline?" They were right. Actually, I've liked smelling gas in a car shop much better than what was in my glass. I wasn't sure I even wanted to drink it. Further whiffs revealed strong formeyldehiyde medicinal qualities that kicked me in the face and corrupted my brain through my nostrils like rotting black magic smelling salts. My first sip was a horrid disgusting burn of fetid gasoline and what I can only describe as burnt pork soaked in cheap liquid smoke. After reading so many good reviews I'm wondering if what was in the bottle was something quite different or off, because I don't understand how mine was so different and bad! The family jokes about and I will not forget that revolting burnt swine gasoline profile to this day. The worst drink I've ever had. Negative 5 stars.
26th December 2013
To all those that say Lagavulin 16 tastes bad, or like tcp, or crap, etc, face it: Whisky is not for you! Maybe some Ribena or coke, or something along those lines may tickle your fancy. Whisky is for those who understand and enjoy the finer, more elegant things in life. If you really have to drink whisky, why not try Tesco's basics blended scotch whisky. Very nice indeed for the confused palate.
25th December 2013
This is simply a beautiful whisky.
22nd December 2013
Until I've tasted my first sip of Laga 16 YO ( it was 15 years ago or even more) it's stil the best. Only a little bit better than other whisky from Islay, but still first place...
1st December 2013
I was never a Sctoch drinker until I had my first sip of Lagavulin. I always considered myself to be a bourbon drinker; I thought I liked the sweeter flavors that bourbons had to offer. Much like another reviewer stated though, I picked up a bottle on a whim courtesy of my new friend, Ron Swanson. Kind of an expensive whim but well worth it. I took my time with it and really tried to understand it by sipping it slow and trying to appreciate the flavors it had to offer. I was blown away! I discounted scotches before because I had always tried blended scotches or lower grade highland malts and was turned off by the peat taste. Big mistake! I've been missing out on so much for a while now! I've been exploring scotches ever since and this is quickly becoming one of my favorite!! Ironically, Islay malts are by far my favorite, despite the considerably stronger smoke/peat flavors!
23rd November 2013
If you like peated whisky this is the best in my opinion. It is smoother than many and I like that. Its very well made and I would fully recomend it.
21st November 2013
I like Islay malts... I like them all... they are like beautiful women each with their own charm... this one was the brunette that curls up under your arm in from of the fire... and the finish is quite memorable...
18th November 2013
If you like something a bit different then this is it.
The moment I opened the bottle I was immediately struck by the smell of something I haven't experienced in years - medical plasters! Hoping I hadn't purchased a dud, I persevered, and am happy that I did. Make no mistake, the iodine really is pretty powerful - at first it reminded me of the doctor's surgery and wasn't sure I wanted to put my lips to the glass. However, things get better, and the complexity of the liquid really comes through, with serious amounts of smoke, vanilla and some sherry too. To my mind, it ends up smelling more like being at the seaside but it needs some time.
The palate is lovely - very creamy but also very hot, with vanilla and peat. You can't deny the medicinal aspect, but that's ok. The finish is extremely long and very oaky.
I'm currently giving this a 7/10 because it is so quirky and such a shock to the taste buds...and yet I know this score will increase over time. I'm already filling another glass to check I'm not missing something and am constantly lifting the bloody thing to my nose. Really nothing quite like it and this is definitely not for everyone.
Tip: if you want to try it but are concerned about not liking it, I'd recommend picking up a 20cl. Small enough not to hurt the bank account but enough of a bottle to give the taste buds a good exercise.
15th November 2013
I just went to BevMo with intent to buy a 50 dollar bottle of a good peaty Islay single malt I hadn't tried before. They didn't have any, so I agreed to get upsold to a bottle of this instead. I was very excited to get home and try a sip. Having now done so, I can say: it is certainly tasty, but I would still actually prefer the Laphroaig 10 even if it weren't half the price. This whiskey is certainly distinctively Islay, but so is the Laphroaig. The Laphroaig isn't quite as smooth, but it makes up for that in being also quite a bit less bitter (smoky doesn't mean bitter! The Oban 12 I've had was just as smoky as these two, but *crazy* sweet!). Will I enjoy the rest of this bottle? Yes I will. But I wouldn't buy it again, when I could get a bottle of Laphroaig 10 for half the price, and enjoy it (slightly) more.
10th November 2013
What is TCP and how would you know what it tastes like? Lagavulin was my first Islay. I always keep coming back to it. Among the very best malts ever.
9th November 2013
The first exposure was at deer hunting camp.A good friend had my father and i try it. Whilst my father thought it to be lighter fluid, I enjoyed it so much that I purchased a bottle @ 50 American dollars. It did something no bottle has ever done, it lasted a year in my cabinet. My palate not as sharp as many could taste the depth in each drop.Literally I would take 10 ml at a time and put a drop on my tongue .Wonderful explosion of mossy peat smoke.Although more expensive now I am saving!
4th November 2013
To me, this is a beautiful combination of the peatiness of a good southern Islay, with the fruity richness and drying finish of a top quality Speyside (reminds me of the Balvenie Caribbean Cask).
I have never tasted anything that manages to take such powerful and distinct flavors and balance them without making them taste diluted. I could go an entire evening just smelling a dram.
2nd November 2013
Always wanted to try this. recently acquired the same. It was worth the wait. amazing on the nose and palate as well. don't forget to add dash of water it definitely brings out the best. Going to savour this. Will ensure it is always in my cabinet.
25th October 2013
All you have to do is, to look all the commentary on Lagavulin 16 yo, to understand how popular drink it is. When i asked in a tasting, which was the first REALLY GOOD single malt that got them exited about them, surprisingly many said it was Lagavulin. Not as extreme Islay as Laphroaig or Ardberg, but easier to approach, with good balance in taste. Very good first step to the world of Islay.
17th October 2013
I enjoyed the first time I tasted it and I still do after four years of buying it. If you're new to Islay you're in for a taste that will satisfy you in ways word's can not say.
13th October 2013
I have never cared much for the smoky peaty Scotches it the past until tonight. Typically I would order a Mac 12 or 18 if I was in a Scotch mood, I have always enjoyed the caramel, sherry, vanilla, and orange flavors the Mac brought to the table. frankly, it's easy to drink...
a pal of mine by the name of Ron Swanson led me to the the Lag; Ron has a mustache so I knew it was going to be good Scotch. so after having 5 of them tonight, I have converted; this is by far my new favorite scotch.
"clear liquor a are for rich women on diets" - Ron Swanson
12th October 2013
I had tried it because I wanted to see what a party tasting scotch tasted like, so I bought laugh. After making my first dram, my nose was smelling something that drew my attention. Then it came time to go for the taste. I couldn't believe what I was tasting. It was like I was introduced to something I wished I drank sooner than I did. I tried other peaty malts, but none came close to it. I still buy my favorite malt scotch, but I will always buy two of these. I also buy a bottle when I see. it's on sale. I now have 14 unopened bottles. Do you think I am crazy? I think not I just want a good supply just in case.
11th October 2013
And it's fantastic! Just bought the bottle earlier today and couldn't wait to crack it open. The nose took me by surprise with the smokiness, and I have to admit the first sip was different. But the second was heaven! As a Speyside fan, especially Balvenie, this was a completely different whisky and I'm hooked.
7th October 2013
I've been wanting to try this whisky since I've learned about it. I figured since it is about $85 a bottle for the 16, and none of the bars around here have it, I would try Laphroaig 10 first since it's only $53 and it is also a popular Islay neighbor to Lagavulin. It took awhile to get usedto Laphroaig, but I learned to love peat, and the taste of iodine. So Lagavulin was like an older, sherry finished Laphroaig, that has had time in the barrel to mature into a focused Islay whisky, that has some of the medicinal astrigency of an intense Islay, as well as the body, flavor, and finish of a world class single malt. I still love Laphroaig, but after a glass, you want something kinder, like Glenkinchie, or Glenmorangie.
2nd October 2013
Complex and firm. Big body, big flavour, big finish. Enormous personality. Austere, in a old, genuine way. A great experience.
18th September 2013
Complex and firm.
Big body, big flavour, big finish.
Enormous personality. Austere, in a old, genuine way.
A great experience.
Lagavulin 16 is possibly the best Islay Malt i have ever had the pleasure to drink. I would probably go as far to say its the best scotch every. How anyone can say this sweet, peaty honeyish malt is anything less than exceptional is beyond me.
15th September 2013
Best of Islay, best of any peat-heavy dram out in the market. Not as smoky as the likes of Laphroaig but perfectly balanced, with a fruity background and a burning character. Soft and mellow, 16 years have been enough to tame this beast. This is the whisky I would pick for any day of the year, any time of the day.
14th September 2013
I love this bottle. Two years in a row I found separate bottles fairly consistent and delicious. This one is frighteningly easy to drink for something as complex as it is. A classic in its own right at this point.
30th August 2013
If you are trying to experience all the single malts as I have, your journey will - at some point - bring you to Lagavulin. When your journey ends, you will return to Lagavulin. Probably not the whisky most suitable for neophytes, it is a rich and full experience with an excellent balance of peat and character. Having sampled them all, Lagavulin is - expressed in the simplest terms - the best.
25th August 2013
Like a whisky should taste and don't ever change it!!
23rd August 2013
I had a feeling that it would be impressive due to its price, but I was impressed anyway after I took my first sip. Felt like a luxury banquet of dragon meat BBQ with angel tear vodka; holy and smoky. Definitely buy more
13th August 2013
A lovely, lovely dram, the smoothest of the three south Islay peat monsters but for the price I prefer the Laphroaig 10 cask strength. Batch 3 was something special.
11th August 2013
I'm new to Islay malts. I read that Lagavulin has "a burnt rubber taste that works." That made no sense so I decided to try it out for myself. I wasn't too sure about it at first but I think i get the quote now. It does work. Very well. Some drinks will put hair on your chest. Lagavulin will melt them off.
10th August 2013
I love Lagavulin and blackcurrant. The blackcurrant helps the whisky greatly. Tried Lagavulin with Dr Pepper but the whisky isn't up to scratch.
7th August 2013
It's like sitting in the smoke of a campfire fueled by peat and oak, while sea spray is hitting you in the face! A single dram with a few cubes og ice will keep your palate and nose captivated in this world for over an hour.
4th August 2013
Really, "I always mix my dram with Irn Bru" Why would you think mixing an old expensive scotch with soda, would be a good idea? These are meant to be savored and enjoyed with a splash of water, mabey an ice cube or two. What a waste.. I would reserve Scotch an Soda for cheaper blended malts... Just a suggestion.
28th July 2013
This is Laphroaigh mixed with two parts milk.
27th July 2013
Best scotch I've ever drank! Wonderful
10th July 2013
Best scotch I've ever drank! Wonderful
At first the smokey peatiness was slightly over powering but as I added a few drops of water the subtle flavours hidden behind crept through will certainly try again in the near future
25th June 2013
Lagavulin 16 yo used to excellent whisky, but in last few years the quality has gone dramatically down. I wouldn't bother buying this anymore.
21st June 2013
I normally discourage the use of caramel but here it not only adds an enchanting beauty to the whisky, it also enriches the taste even further. This is a whisky that does everything right, from the bottle design to the ambrosial taste it leaves in your mouth. Simply the best islay whisky for its price point.
17th June 2013
After the old fogeys at my bar have had a couple of the usual G and Ts I always pour them a finger or two of Lagavulin. They go home happy.
14th June 2013
Запах - торф.
Вкус - очень мягкий!!!! Можно всю бутылку выпить! Первое ощущение лимончик, дальше очень мягко раскрывается торф.
(Translation using Google Translate: Smell - peat.
Taste - very soft!! You can drink a whole bottle! The first sensation lemon, then very gently revealed peat.)
8th June 2013
forgot my star ratings so here it is
6th June 2013
lady is sure dancing with me this whiskey is shear beauty in a bottle never change my troubled mind I give you my heart lagavulin and would miss you so much should you ever hide I guess I need you too much when talking about malts LAGAVULIN WHO AM i TO JUDGE YOU cheers to all who love this magnificant Malt one and only
i recently bought a bottle of Lagavulin 16 and one of ardbeg oogy to see how they compare, and although think the oogy just wins the islay stakes by a nose (geddit) would certainly buy this again. in my opinion its slightly smoother than the ardbeg but loses a tiny something in being so. id give lagavulin 94/100 and ardbeg 96/100
5th June 2013
oops! almost forgot :-)
29th May 2013
I took my time getting to this pinnacle of Scotches, and so should you if you are a newbie or just a remedial SM Enthusiast. I worked my way from Clynelish to Oban 14 to Talisker 10 (I would also suggest Cao Ila 12 (also the 14) & Scala 16 along the way) ... and then finely I tried Lag. It is as good... if not better than described by the most glowing reviews above. Most people's palates do change as they progress. I would NOT suggest jumping right into this. (Cannot say what an experienced Bourbon or Canadian Whiskey drinker might find though.)
When I was very young (many years ago) I was astonished that adults drank Beer, it tasted so foul to me (and to be certain, some of it was.) But eventually I developed a taste for it, and began to understand what I liked and why I liked it.
It simply takes time.
I dont care how much you spend on a bottle of whisky, i dont care if theres a 40 year old bottle of something somewhere with superior complexity, this is the most delicious scotch whisky i have ever tasted. It smells like a bowl of lemon wedges with vanilla right in front of a peat fire, tastes almost the same. A rich, juicy fruit taste that somehow goes so well with a smooth but deep smokiness. Finish is smokiest aspect, leaves you feeling like you've got something good in your stomach but hair on your chest.
19th April 2013
An Islay legend, and frankly a must have. A great 'smoky bear' of a whisky with such character and distinction you'd really struggle to find better! Great on miserable days where work or weather bring you low, or with smoked fish and Cullen Skink. Nose: Lapsong Souchong absolutely spot on! Rich enveloping peatiness, almost heady with tempting notes of exotic spices (vanilla and almost smoked paprika?), powerful but balanced iodine and a sophisticated smack of sherry. Palate: A mighty ship pulling into harbor on a smoky Islay morn. Dense and embracing oak and malt tones with a growling peatiness, deftly balanced with a beautiful sweetness of sherry and wholesome fruitiness. Finish: The 'Smoky Bear' strikes - peat and sweetness. Long, with heady oak and vanilla, a hint of tar and woven in dried fruit and spice. Quite extraordinary.
18th April 2013
Taste like earth after rain near to the sea. Amainzing whisky.
15th April 2013
I recently started my journey into the wonderful world of scotch single malt whisky. As a beginner i started with mostly Speyside and Highland whisky's; like glenmorangie, balvenie, macallan and dalwhinne.
Then i started to dare myself into island and Islay whisky, and i am starting to think that there is no going back now. So far i have tasted talisker, caol ila and lagavulin. Lagavulin is a fantastic whisky, i love it.... Cant wait to taste what else Islay have in store for me...
Love from Norway
1st April 2013
After enjoying a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15, I tried this whisky. A lot of smell...a lot of taste...a fascinating linger. I really like it. But it's a lot to think about while trying to relax. I still give it high marks but will return to Dalwhinnie for my evening reward. Next stop Ardebeg Uigeadail.
27th March 2013
26th March 2013
Brilliant. Explodes on the taste buds. Suspect the bad reviews are from people who will never like heavy peaty scotch, so just they should stick to the lighter highland offerings.
9th March 2013
i FORGOT TO PLACE A PERSONAL RATING IE IS ALL THE FIVES FOR ABOVE REVIEW.AND FOR THIS ONE :)) SMILES ALL THE WAY WITH LAGA 16.
3rd March 2013
Sorry for all the folk who can't like laga 16 for whatever reason, HOWEVER IT IS AN ICON OF ALL WHISKEY OUT
THERE IS NON OTHER BETTER (FACT) in my opinion I won't go into the nose because if your a humane you will find your own nose explanatiion we are all different, but LAGAVULIN 16 IS THE WORLDS BEST SORRY THERE SIMPLY IS NO CONTEST... PS/ PLEASE KEEP IN RANGE THE PRICE OF US ORDINARY SMALL FOLK. i HAVE SEEN THE PRICE JUMP TO NEARLY OUT OF MY PERSONAL RANGE.
I'm hardly more than a toddler in the Whisky World, but what I have discovered is: I love Islays. They are NOT for everyone because of the strong complexity, heavy peat and smokiness.
Some of my friends, who have always raved about various Laphroaig varieties, have come to realize the long-lasting finish of Lagavulin 16, it's greater variation of flavors with each sip, and the soothing smokiness.
Like most fine drinks, Lagavulin 16 is best shared with good company, after dinner.
Some like it with one ice cube, others 3 or 4 cubes, still others will say you need a drop of water; I prefer it neat. Just pour a little in the glass, breathe it in, and sip for an hour...or so.
1st March 2013
It really is hard to beat this whiskey. This was the first single malt I tried and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first taste. It's very reminiscent of a cold winter's night beside a peat fire. Very earthy and yet has a subtle sweetness. The wonderful smokiness lingers for a very long time.
28th February 2013
They didn't have the Laga Distillers Edition which I was looking for (an awesome dram) so I opted to finally try the 16, and wow, what a whiskey!! I'm new to the Islay whiskeys so I'm not especially into the peat and smoke monsters but I must admit this is really good, the sherry influence is way in the background but it's there. Top class and quite addicting, this one. A shade under 5 stars. Buy it and try it.
23rd February 2013
drink taste and save the experience.It does not any better than this.As a whiskey drinker of over 30 years you will find that all your taste buds will sing for hours after you have drank this wonderful single malt
27th January 2013
initially the smokiness of the open peat flame is overbearing. not for the novice whiskey drinker. then when you get accustomed to the smoke, the smooth underlying character caresses you and treats you to hard islay! the 16yo wood is tasted and has a beautiful intrusiveness fruit finish. a favorite for special occasions but not everyday.
14th January 2013
I had my first shot of wiskey few months ago....I bought Lagavulin just for the color....the first taste of it was so incredible and stunning....i tried few different wiskey but.....Lagavulin it's the best.....
11th January 2013
I am always keen to try new malts and decided to give Lagavulin a go. I always mix my dram with Irn Bru but I found that this whisky just doesn't mix with it at all! Never mind I did try it and will put it down to a learning curve. I' m sure there are much better malts out there.
10th January 2013
I first came upon this whiskey when at the age of 18 I worked in my uncles off licence and wanted to buy my girlfriends father a nice drink. my uncle gave me a second bottle for an extra £20 so I got one for me too. (BTW this was the first whiskey I had ever bought - outside of tasting a House whiskey in a social club, which as you can imagine did not go down well). I had my first taste of it with her dad, (he was a big whiskey fan but had never tried it) It was heaven! Since then * I'm now 30, I have probably had maybe 100+ bottles of this 16 yr old and maybe 15 - 20 of the cask strength 12 yr old! I have just recieved Lagavulin 21 Year Old / 2012 Special Release as a christmas present from my Fiancee, which I am planning on cracking open this coming Friday! I have made it my business to try as many different whiskeys as I possibly could, and have been on 7 whiskey tasting holiday packages to broaden my knowledge a little bit, but I can hand on heart claim that the greatest I have ever tasted is this 16 yr old Lagga, a close second being its stronger 12 yr old brother! - I will let you guys know once I have tried my 21 yr old.
5th January 2013
I'm fairly new into scotch, but still worst I've had. I couldn't believe, afterwards, they charged me $16 an ounce. Must have been a bad batch or something. No way it can taste that bad. I'm serious. I nosed it for probably 10 minutes in disbelief. I am going to by a bottle to give it a fair chance. For now, i am disappointed.
1st January 2013
This is the worst scotch I've ever had. $16 for one ouce? That's pathetic. I've only tried it once, maybe it was a bad batch, but that was terrible. Seriously never drink this scotch. Tastes like crap and it'd kill myself before having having another sip.
An example of a Scotch that even experienced home distillers attempt to emulate. Admittedly, this Scotch is of primary appeal for 'Island Scotch' region lovers and/or those with dare-to-be-different tastes ...
however, it is an enjoyably-complex, well fractioned and aged, top class Scotch...and the price is always amazing for such crafted single malt.
29th December 2012
Not as peaty as Laphroiag but serious nonetheless. This is an awesome dram, not that easy to come by in the 'High Street' and very much the mature whisky lovers choice. Theres no point talking about noses, palates or anything else. Just buy a bottle and see for yourself. You will NOT be disappointed (disclaimer: if you are disappointed, stop drinking Scottish single malts and stick to cheap vodka).
26th December 2012
Having found my taste for Scottish single malts, I must say even though they say Irish whiskey may be the oldest, this doesn't mean its the best. This dram will leave your taste buds with a smokey mellow peat taste to savour. This is a dram that should be drank slowly with some friends.
3rd December 2012
I drink old shot whiskey, recommended in my opinion, I like!
9th November 2012
This was my first whisky love, and no matter what my other, current favorites may be, I'll always stay with Lagavulin
2nd September 2012
I have always drink this one as my favourite and I should start thinking about moving on to another brand because the quality of this one particularly it decreasing every year.
I rate it 91/100 (The older version);
6th August 2012
I discovered Lagavulin in the 90's and it has been my favorite ever. Also like Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Bowmore. Great to drink with a nice cuban cigar and some good friends
27th July 2012
Lagavulin is my top choice from Islay, and one of my favourite whiskies overall. An incredibly strong peat monster, with one of the best finishes out of all whiskies.
22nd June 2012
The very best single malt ever. Laphroiag follows.
28th April 2012
I first tasted this single malt on a trip to St. Andrews in 2004 and I was totally amazed by it, this is truly what GREAT single malt taste like, wonderful earthy, peat smell and flavor with a hint of sweetness, everytime I take a sip it takes me back to Scotland.
27th February 2012
In my price range (up to £40 a bottle) this is by far and away the best single malt I have ever had the pleasure to taste. I can't describe how fulfilling it is. Without a doubt the best I have ever tasted, and I assure you, there have been many. This is miles and miles above anything else. If you want to venture into silly prices for good whisky, try this first. And I'm English, so what do I know eh?!
16th February 2012
Being an Islay fan this is one of the best examples of an Islay dram. It is silky smooth on the palate with what I got as sharp citrus flavours too. The only reason it does not get 5 stars is the finish was a little harsh compared to my favourite Islay; Caol Ila, but that is personal opinion!!
8th February 2012
Tastes simply like TCP.
2nd January 2012
Tried a sample of this at the glenkinchie distillery and bought myself a bottle. More balanced than many Islay drams with the peat smoke feeling more like a part of the flavour than hitting you in the face.
24th December 2011
My favourite of all whiskies. Then Talisker, then Laphroaig!
2nd December 2011
I had this while in a nice restaurant with a dozen friends. The nose is incredible and powerful, people could smell it way down the table. Each sip almost feels like liquid velvet!
30th November 2011
Out of Bruinladdich, laphroiag ,laph Qcask jura, talisker, lediag, highland Park and few more its prob my all time favourite smooth peaty smokey. Currently testing Jura 16year old, really nice but not as good as Lagavulin.
A wonderfully rich flavour.Gorgeous.
15th August 2011
Lagavulin - Simply the BEST!
5th August 2011
this is my favorite islay malt, highly recommended
14th March 2011
five ice cubes into a tumbler,fill with lagavulin till you've covered the lower three cubes.Place on table,go to kitchen,get slice of smoked salmon,squeeze lemon on top. take bite, take slip of lagavulin. HEAVEN
12th March 2011
the best whiskey out there in my opinion, have tried many single malts and this is the one that i call the king
A Whisky for all seasons and times , Best greatings from carinthia ( Austria)
25th February 2011
i love whisky,but this one just taste of TCP to me,and i was saveing it for ages
9th February 2011
As said above, this is unbeatable. A superlative, rich malt, with an unmistakable aroma.
8th February 2011
simply .....the very best i have ever tasted.
19th January 2011
Simply the best dram out there. From the smoky sweet nose to the almost milky, salt, honey, smoke taste. Unbeatable. 100 points.
15th January 2011
Some of you may think that my whisky palate has not advanced enough yet, however I can only say it how I find it and I will be honest I do not find this whiskey enjoyable. I'm obviously just not an Islay whisky fan! If you have not tried this whisky before I recommend you go for the sample first.
27th December 2010
My favorite bedtime scotch. A blast of taste and nose
14th December 2010
One of the older peated whisky. Powerfull, but with balance.
27th September 2010
This is really great whisky.For me,its the best Islay whsiky! Ardbeg Uigeadail is close,but not close enough!
30th July 2010
This is a great starter Islay but it is too monotone, sweet and smooth for my palate. It has a lot of class but is a bit of an old smoothy. Lacks that briny hit, that salt, medicinal, astringency. Too sweet and cloying, like grandma's sherry. Treat yourself to a Bruichladdich Waves or Ardbeg 10 instead.
19th February 2010
My introduction to single malts and still, by a nose, my favorite. It is Islay in a bottle - peaty, complex yet eminently drinkable. This is the yardstick to measure the wonders of the Ardbegs, the succulence of Caol Ila, the earthy roughness of Laphaoig and the subtle pleasure of Talisker. If God made anything better, he kept it for himself.
26th January 2010
At some stage in your journey through Single Malts you will try Lagavulin. It is an experience like no other. After tasting Lagga the rest have to be very good whiskies to remain in the memory! Smoke & peat rich with tastes of the Islay salt it is quite simply unique and treasured amongst Single Malts. Worth every penny!
16th December 2009
Always have this at my local, so thought i'd buy a bottle. Smokey, rich, still sweet though, just great balance. love it. from Brian,
7th October 2009