Scotch - Single Malt

Lagavulin 16yr Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    674 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.1 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $90
    Proof
    86.0
    N/A

Rating Description

95th Percentile
This score falls in the 95th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

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). 

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)

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Wine Enthusiast

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scalihan scalihan (36) (2014-11-26)
The best Islay Ive had.
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qba qba (1) (2014-06-02)
AWESOME!!! The best whisky I've ever tried!
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (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 (85) (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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Muncher Muncher (139) (2014-03-23)
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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andr01d_3000 andr01d_3000 (10) (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 (58) (2013-03-22)
Knock your socks off peaty. Itll put hair on your chest -- guaranteed. Awesome.
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gerodim gerodim (13) (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 (19) (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 (3) (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) (2012-04-13)
Peaty. Smoky. Medicinal. Ritas fav.
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magezi magezi (55) (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 (6) (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 (135) (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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Alchemist Alchemist (50) (2011-09-24)
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 scottiesq (2) (2011-04-05)
Love this one! Peaty, yet has many subtle layers.
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