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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
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Lagavulin 16 Year Old Bottling Note

A much sought-after single malt Scotch whisky with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting tipple. The 16 year old has truly become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery.

If you're looking for a food pairing for this beauty, try intensely flavoured salty blue cheeses, which complement the intense, peat rich, sweet and salty character of this Lagavulin wonderfully.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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 Year Old Reviews


Top 3 scotch all time for me. Was a huge revelation for me the first time I tried it. I’m taking off a half star though due to the price increase (I bought it for £49 in Jan 2021 and now the lowest price I’ve found is 70!!). Really frustrating how much prices have gone up at so many of my favourite distilleries

22nd April 2022

A lovely whisky, nice and smooth

A lovely dram, nice and smooth. Was hoping for more of a smoky kick at the end, but that's not detracting from a very nice weekend treat.

22nd April 2022


An absolute classic , sweet sherry notes combined with a well balanced peat smoke , tastes sophisticated and pleasing with a long finish of smokey vanilla and dried fruits , perfect for a malt moment by the sea.

22nd April 2022

Too much demand?

I sadly wonder if Lagavulin has a bit of a problem meeting demand without affecting the quality. For nearly 30 years, it has been one of my favourite drinks on the planet. But it has become difficult to find in London, the price has risen quite sharply and the first bottle that I have managed to buy for about 6 months didn't seem to be of the quality I remember. It lacked the concentration, complexity and perfect balance of sweetness and peat that I loved. The bottle I have now is a bit boring and certainly not worth £65. I'd rather drink Ardbeg 10 than this bottle, which costs £20 more. I very much hope that I've just got an isolated bad bottle from a bad batch, as Lagavulin has been a life-enhancing pleasure and it would be tragic if it lost its character but looking at the site, others seem to be saying much the same thing.

15th April 2022

Now overpriced

Lovely malt, but it’s getting too pricey now. The jump from £49 to £75 is too much, too soon. It’s a £60 bottle if you get a good batch.

24th March 2022

Complex but balanced, a little pricey

Extremely smooth, doesn’t really need any added water. Has the slight antiseptic taste like laphroaig, the medicinal quality but it’s tempered and not overpowering.
Probably not too moorish, reasonably balanced and complex. My preference would be the glen garioch 12 which is actually cheaper however, but quite pleased with this purchase.
It’s a little expensive, you’re probably paying for the smoothness, there are cheaper bottles I would go for like Nikka from the barrel etc…

22nd March 2022

For the more experienced SM whisky drinker, perhaps ?

I’m new to this SM whisky appreciation society. This 16 yo is the first I’ve had from the Islay area. After having Balvenie double wood 12yo, a couple of Speyside variants (Aberlour 12yo & Glen Moray) this is gradually growing on me the more I try it. The over riding taste/smell is smokey, don’t know what a peaty type is as not had one. Some say this is peaty but smoke dominates it for me. If this was the first SM I had been introduced to, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it or got it ! If you’re an experienced whisky drinker or a newby like me, you’ll always have the ones you keep going back to. I don’t think I could justify £74 odd on this time & again when I really enjoy ‘tamer’ types.
If your starting out on your SM journey, try some others first before the Lagavulin 16, The Aberlour 12yo & Irish Tullamore Dew 14 will dance on the inexperienced tongue. After them...go for it !!

18th March 2022

Sad fact!

Sad fact!

I am an avid collector and enthusiast of Single malt Scotch Whiskey in Vietnam. From 2016 onwards, I have noticed that recently bottled SM Whiskey bottles are of poorer quality than previous bottles of the same type. They lose the flavor of their own identity that brought the love of their fans. That is why I have advised my friends in my SM Whiskey club to hunt and collect as old and as old as possible SM Whiskey bottles. With Lagavulin 16yo, I recommend buying bottles that are bottled from 2016 or earlier, when they still have the red stripe on the cap.

4th March 2022


Heaven in a bottle. To those of you giving this a half or 1 star rating enjoy your crap Jim Beam or whatever junk you drink. This is the literal nectar of the gods.

26th February 2022

A shadow of its former self

Weak, watery, coloured and just bland. I'm still astonished how people can rate this so highly when it's so bad. I think people are stuck in the past, and rate this highly regardless of the taste. Peat enthusiasts should try the Illeach which is from the same distillery and a massive improvement

25th February 2022

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