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Lagavulin 16yr Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    626 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.1 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $90
    Proof
    86.0

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.

Notes

Lagavulin Distillery was illegally producing whisky as far back as 1742 but was legitimized in 1816. The scotches are known for strong peat flavors iodine overtones. "It may not be suitable for new scotch drinkers."
(from Islayinfo)

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). 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2004
StanMemTn (75) (4/5/2014)
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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Muncher (56) (3/23/2014)
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.
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NeatPour (154) (10/22/2013)
Top notch smokey scotch. Far better than laphroaig ten and edges out uigedal which I didn't expect 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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andr01d_3000 (10) (10/01/2013)
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 (58) (03/22/2013)
Knock your socks off peaty. Itll put hair on your chest -- guaranteed. Awesome.
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gerodim (13) (1/7/2013)
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 (19) (11/26/2012)
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 (3) (6/3/2012)
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 (2) (04/13/2012)
Peaty. Smoky. Medicinal. Ritas fav.
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magezi (56) (3/9/2012)
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 (6) (2/9/2012)
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 (123) (10/26/2011)
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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Alchemist (51) (9/24/2011)
The nose gives a woody is smoke and spices, this is echoed in the body which arrives spicy with a rich woody mouth feel developing medium pepper, woodsmoke and giving a nice dry finish. The finish has a slight sour edge but this fades fast leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Ironically if this is left to open up before tasting the sour edge does not fade and is left in the aftertaste making it obvious why a sherry maturation was added to the distillers edition. Irrespective this is a good whisky and recommended if you're not into sherry finishes.
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scottiesq (2) (04/05/2011)
Love this one! Peaty, yet has many subtle layers.
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