Scotch - Single Malt

Lagavulin 16yr Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islay, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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99th Percentile
This score falls in the 99th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2015

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2004

Proof66 Notes

Lagavulin 16yr single malt scotch is—obviously—aged for 16yrs and is the benchmark scotch offered by the distillery. It's also considered one of the "six classics" offered by Diageo.

The Lagavulin 16yr was named Best Single Malt Scotch (13-19 years) in the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (the total field of single malt scotch was 46 entries).

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This bottle has 23 ratings and 21 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-12)
I was able to get a very generous 3 oz. pour for $15 at a bar and took full advantage (a 750 ml bottle runs at $103 in my area). Based on 1 dram, I was really impressed and say it's well worth the hype. Very pronounced peat/smoke smell and taste without being smacked in the face like other Islay whisky's. Very refined with an extremely enjoyable finish. Would love to have again, but not sure if I can ever justify buying a bottle with the outrageous price.
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SirDeath SirDeath (32)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-06)
No ambiguity here... you either love it or hate it. I'm firmly in the love camp! A leathery bear-hug of peat jumps out at you and gives way to a subtle taste of the distillery's surroundings. Hints of salt, iodine and seaweed make a nice body and the finish is like settling back in a comfy leather chair and putting your feet towards the fire at the end of a cold wet day. I'm in love!
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Review Comments
peathead (2016-10-08):
Great review! I'm in love too!

cgtboy1988 cgtboy1988 (119)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-09-13)
This is a wonderful scotch. It pairs significant sweetness with a good bit of peat. A bit of fruit as well- not as medicinal as some other Isley scotch. Should not be watered at all- it is perfect at its bottling proof. Personally, I like the firey and dry taste of Laphroaig better, but that is just personal preference this stuff is about as good as it gets. At $80/bottle, a bit pricey but worth it. I got mine $55/bottle, but it is hard to find under ~$70 most of the time.
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flintquatch flintquatch (211)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-01-26)
Peat monster. Yes and again yes.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-07-19)
Slightly overrated. Not bad by any means though. To me this tastes like someone took a little of the cheap, sweet grain whisky that some of the blends use and added it to some Ardbeg 10 year. For this price I think you could do better. Update: While I still think this scotch is slightly overpriced, I have been enjoying it a lot lately. It's a unique Islay where most Islay scotches are young, hairy chested, and manly; this one is sleek, feminine, and refined. It's really an enjoyable pour. Aside from the price point, my only other criticism is that I'd like to try it at 92 proof instead of 86.
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Ron Swanson Ron Swanson (3)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-07-18)
Very smoky and strong! I like this a lot but it is definitely a slow sipper! It is a complex scotch!
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hero6 hero6 (4)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-01-22)
Smells like smokey - leather. I bet it would compliment a cigar.
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scalihan scalihan (44)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-11-26)
The best Islay Ive had.
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qba qba (1)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-06-02)
AWESOME!!! The best whisky I've ever tried!
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NeatPour NeatPour (340)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-05-08)
4.3/5; Top notch smokey scotch. Smoother than laphroaig ten & more approachable of Islay beginners. The balance is great but what surprised me is the gentle background of sweet almost glenmorangie flavor framing that smoke and gentle peat. Really phenomenal
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (135)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-04-05)
My favorite of the three big Islays (Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin). It employs a more artistic balance of sweetness and spice in all that peat and smoke. A benchmark and a classic.
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andr01d_3000 andr01d_3000 (14)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-10-01)
Drinking Lagavulin is like taking a sip of a campfire. This is the first beverage that helped me "get" scotch. The nose and finish are both really complex and you keep coming back for more. Top notch.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (56)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-03-22)
Knock your socks off peaty. Itll put hair on your chest -- guaranteed. Awesome.
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gerodim gerodim (15)
Rating: 1.0 (2013-01-07)
You can feel smoke on the nose. Then you taste it and it's something smokey again. No surprises also at the finishing as smoke prevails. I really don't know how people can like this one...
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thebeardedweiss thebeardedweiss (24)
Rating: 2.0 (2012-11-26)
While its very smooth to drink, I just cant get past the overwhelming smoke. Its probably the smokiest scotch Ive ever tasted. For my palette, there are less-smokey, better-tasting whiskies at better values.
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mattyrain mattyrain (4)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-06-03)
Absolutely love it, although there is quite a bit of variation from bottle to bottle. Some bottles are really heavy on the smoke and peat, while some have very little of either. On the upside, all of them share the same mouthfeel and fantastic salty/seaweedy finish. This is a mainstay on my whisky shelf. Highly recommended!
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mikewfischer mikewfischer (2)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-04-13)
Peaty. Smoky. Medicinal. Ritas fav.
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magezi magezi (67)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-03-09)
True classic! More sophisticated than Ardbeg or Laphroaig. There's of course peatsmoke, but t is not so offensive style. It's hard to describe. Everyone who likes single malts should have tasted it!
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Pavlos Pavlos (7)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-02-09)
This is my first love, the dram that made me fall in love with Islay peatiness and discover more intense drams such as Ardbeg. Lagavulin 16yo remains my daily beater, I would recommend it with the strongest possible way to whicky aficionados!
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degbert degbert (206)
Rating: 3.0 (2011-10-26)
Ah, Lagavulin. This is not a scotch for the faint of heart. You get slammed with iodine, smoke, old wool, and the sea -- and that's just the nose. More sea on the tongue, with earth, mushrooms, and huge balls of peat. Not my favorite, but I can respect its sheer refusal to compromise. If you like peaty whisky, it's a four-star. If you actually enjoy eating peat, it's a five-star Scotch.
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scottiesq scottiesq (3)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-04-05)
Love this one! Peaty, yet has many subtle layers.
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