Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Lagavulin

16 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


7.5/10
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$92
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$84.99
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This heavy weight is standing in the upper-right corner of our flavour boxing ring. 
 
Lagavulin certainly is one of the most robust, peaty Islay malts around. Established in 1816, the Lagavulin Distillery is located on the Isle of Islay, where you find miles of peat bog that provides the raw material that influences the Lagavulin. 
 
Combined, a slow fermentation (between 55 and 75 hours), slow distillation (around 5 hours for the first distillation and more than 9 hours for the second) and long maturation ensure that Lagavulin develops all of its long, rich and peaty characteristics. This malt spends 16 years breathing the sea-salt air, mainly in refill European oak casks. It's the Quintessential Lagavulin. The classic, and the most popular in the Lagavulin range, it has won too many awards AND too many heats to count! Take it, run, and don't look back. 

 

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  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Lagavulin
  • Bottler
    Lagavulin
  • Age
    16 Year Old

Flavour Spiral™

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smoky
peaty
phenols
sherry
vanilla
black pepper
dried fruit
salty
sweet
What does Lagavulin 16 Year Old taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Lagavulin 16 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Deep amber gold.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Intensely concentrated flavour, massive peat smoke with ultra-intense iodine. The fruity-sherry notes, vanilla and  Lapsang Souchong.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
A rich, dried fruit sweetness of the sherry character with clouds of smoke and strong, barley-malt flavours. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of salty and peppery smoke.
 
Finish
Huge, long, warming and peppery with a distinct appetising sweetness. A little spice lightens the grip of the peat and vanilla. Water brings out Indian spices. 

Comment
Tackle this giant with respect and dram away.

Flavour spiral
Smoky, peaty, phenols, sherry, vanilla, sweet, black pepper, dried fruit, salty.
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Jeffrey
Just did not like it. Bad after taste.
Eric
Not enjoyable at all. Wish this site had a way to adjust what they think I "like".
Caleb
Very smooth and very strong Pete reek. Overall delicious.
David
Smell was nice, loved the color but the finish was very harsh. Overwhelming with the flavors of smoke and peaty.
Tony
Overwhelmingly smoky and peaty. Some hints of Carmel. Not my taste in scotch.
Drake
Great product, but not my preferred style.
Morgan
Smooth and smoky. Excellent
Aaron
Good flavor but more peaty then I usually enjoy
anonymous
Perfekt
Chris
Peaty and warm, lingers nicely in the corners of your mouth.
Grant
Generally not a fan of Islay, but this one I can drink.
Reginald
Peat Monster... Not to my taste. Don't get it twisted, I do mean Peat not Smoke.
Justin
Wow. Very smoky, and smooth.
Andy
A little too peaty and/or smoky for my liking. Every few sips I would get a hint of vanilla, but most of the tasting was full of peat and smoke. I can see why others would like it...just not for me.
anonymous
Best so far
Beth
I don't normally like scotch but I like the layered flavors in this one. Peaty, yes, but nice toffee flavors and maybe leather
Brian
Very good for a peaty, smoky Scotch, but not something I'd keep around the cottage.
Tyler
By far one of the most interesting experiences I've ever had as far as whiskey tasting. Never really dabbled to much with anything else other that bourbon but this is by far my new favorite drink
anonymous
The whisky that made me fall in love with (peaty) single malts! Still a big favorite! Lucien K
Shawn
The peat and smoke were a bit overwhelming for me. Still looking for a favorite.
anonymous
King of single malts. Nuff said.
anonymous
Very strong peaty taste to this fine Scotch which I love. I'm still a newcomer in the Scotch drinking world and I'm still trying to find a way to taste and smell all the things they say it has but with time I'd imagine.
Miguel
To me it kind of tasted like a distilled rubbery shoe. Not my kind of drink.
anonymous
Nice smokey taste, lovely Scotch with every drup.
jed
If I could make a beard oil out of this I'd wear it everyday. Wonderful peaty smell and nice smooth finish.
Jory
Smoky and smooth. Very nice.
Jon
Color: dark gold ... moderate legs Nose: smoke, iodine, Sherry Palate: strong smoke and peat hit the senses first, then the sweet notes are briefly there... then more smoke & bitters Finish: peat & smoke remain long afterward ..This is a scotch canvass done all in pencil & charcoal. I can sense that it's a very mature spirit, but this peat monster masks all other flavors and it just isn't a hit for me.. 3.9
Jonathan
A good dram but a little over rated.
Jesse
If you really like peaty (my absolute favorite) this is the best I've ever had. I usually sip neat, but I must admit, I recently had an Old Fashioned with Lagavulin 16 year at The Whiskey Library, and it was incredibly memorable.
Jacob
Way too peaty for my taste.
Ravindra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYpSF2Hosf0
Mark
One of my favourites, near perfect. Peaty and smokey!
Steven
This stuff is just awful. There's no two ways about it. The smell of phenol, smoke, and peat is all there is and all three simply assault you throughout the drinking process. Similar to what would happen if someone were to drink a mix of turpentine, liquid smoke and cold sore gel. Drink at your own risk.
Chippy
The phenol and peat flavor in this bottle are a little too overpowering and I can't taste much else.
anonymous
Smooth and smokey!!!
William
Very smooth
Brad
To much peat
Eric
I knew I enjoyed Scotch the most of the whiskies, but this helped me understand that I'm a fan of Islay Scotch. Love the peaty taste of Scotchs like this one and Laphroaig!
Christopher
Smoked paint thinner.
Mark
I figured for $20 a month the samples would have been bigger!
Christopher
Love the smoky taste. Really lasted on the palette. Would have loved to have it with a cigar!!
anonymous
As perfect as whisky can get. Smoky, Peaty and sweet all at the same time.
Giacomo
#UFFFFF
Donald
Smoky, smooth
Benjamin
This tastes terrible. I drink a lot of whiskey but wow, I was horribly unimpressed.
Kyle
Solid paired with food. Great smoked flavor.
Jacob
One of my first tastings. Instantly wanted more
anonymous
Love it !!
Nicholas
This is one of my favorites. It's essentially a campfire in your mouth; very smoky, and peaty. There is a long warming peppery finish that makes you wish every drink was the same as the first. Immensely delightful and perfect for a cold autumn day.
anonymous
Arguably one of the best scotches for the price. My top go to.
Angelo
Bad... All day bad. Not like the "it's so bad good", I mean it's like why would anyone drink this bad. Just my thoughts.
Robert
Light notes of almonds, raisins, and honey. Very smooth and subtle. Although I prefer more intense flavors I would definitely consider buying.
Scott
Great peaty flavor
Jim
I love this scotch, but it's not for everyone. It pairs well with a full-bodied cigar. It's worth a try.
Taron
Too much peat
AJ
this stuff smells amazing. smells like leather and tobacco. I would definitely say this is the best liquor i've ever tasted.
anonymous
love it
GM
Nothing negative to say about this one. Just that smokey doesn't fit my tastes. You really need to love smoke to enjoy this one.
Edward
When you want excelence in a scotch this is one of the best an still affordable five stars for me
Stu
I did not care for any of these, and the Lagavulin had a strange taste like medicine or something was added. Call me crazy, but it is just my opinion.
NICHOLAS
If you like smokey, there is nothing like this one.
Eric
Smokier than I expected. What a wonderful taste and a nice spicey finish. Makes me think of a campfire on a peat peat bog. yum
Peter
Deep smokey flavor.
Joe
Smokey.
anonymous
my go to for a smoky scotch.
anonymous
Explosive peat smoke attacks the palate in a satisfying way... spicy sherry notes follow, along with a mild malty sweetness... finishes with a clean crisp brininess with lingering iodine notes.
Alan
Awesome, peaty, smoky and smooth. Great with a couple drops of water to bring out the flavors !
Sam
Very nice. Smoked to the last breath. Overall good taste and smell. Would purchase.
Ryan
Wonderful dram. Rich, vanilla, smokey, hearty oak. There is a nice peatiness to it, but not as much as you'd expect from an Islay of such repute.
Robert
A little smokey for me.
anonymous
Such a soft taste, thats what I was looking for.
James
I can't drink this. Too much leather for me.
anonymous
Lots of good things in here, the taste tells its own story. Very well worth it
Andrew
Warm, and smooth with a hint of vanilla and a big Smokey finish. Not for mixing, Diluting, or watering down with ice. Not for the novice... Keep it neat and enjoy!
T.C.
The smokey flavor does not disappoint and finishes so well. A must have for any collection.
Brandon
I liked the sweetness and vanilla. Not blown away though.
Paul
This was heavy in the peat and wood smoke taste. But letting it set in a couple of ice cubes mellowed it out to be as described. This is worth sharing with friends.
Adam
Initial impression was that it smelled like gasoline but the taste was actually pretty smooth and the most pleasant of the three in the initial tasting box.
Kyle
Never had a peaty flavor before but i think it'll grow on me. Definitely worth buying.
Nicholas
Heavy peat in a good way. Not sure it's my everyday Scotch, but it's what I think about when I think scotch.
Matthew
I liked it.. But not my preferred style. Too much smoke flavor.
Dennis
It was smooth at the end but very smokey almost charcoal almost burnt
Frank
Wow! Definitely understand why they say it is a robust peat flavor. Complex and smooth. Very much lives up to the hype.
Randy
It was ok
Donnie
little strong for my taste
Paul
Just a superb whisky, about the best of the Islays I think, but not to everyones taste.
Stanley
Taste like turpentine
Mr.
One of the best I've ever had! Got it in my welcome box and almost shed tears when this one was gone.
Aaron
Very peaty and smoky. My pallet isn't quite ready for all that yet.
Brian
The smokey and peaty experience is exciting and satisfying. Not what I'd want every time but a real treat.
anonymous
So delicious and smoky
James
Not what I'm used to in a whiskey but the more I drink the more I like it.
Stephanie
Very smokey. Overwhelmed the palate
Marc
I already had a bottle of lagavulin 12 yr and I thought it was good but once I tried the 16 yr.....I'm at a loss of words! As if mere mortals stole directly from the gods! Can't wait to get a while bottle and would gladly pay extra for the 16 yr.
Mark
Maybe my immature pallet talking, but smoky dirt isn't my preferred flavor profile.
Javier
My favorite from the welcome sampler. The nose was great, smoky, I remember well. Smooth and flavorful, almost brought a teat to my eye. Will definitely be buying this bottle soon.
Patrick
Simply amazing
Carl
Wow! Really liked this one. Peat was perfect. Definitely adding this to my collection. As a die-hard Laphroaig fan, this might just change my mind...... Maybe...
Hartley
Very smooth, goes down easy. Smoky iodine flavor was a mew one for me. Tasted like how a hospital smells.
Jeremy
Love it. I think is is VERY smoky.
Michael
Nice smooth and I would share with my friends
Jerome
Tasty.
Neill
A great peaty drink
anonymous
Awesome peat! The best of the best when it comes to flavor and smoke.
Matthew
Love it.
Mr.Tim
Well I just received my first welcome box for joining Flaviar, and I must say the three sample bottle I received and I tried all three and my winning choice is this 16 years od Lagavulin. Very pleased with the smoky flavor and smothness, I will be ordering a full bottle for years to come.
Klemen
Best single malt I've ever had. PERIOD.
Mel
Great peat! Gold in color with a vanilla nose. The taste is intense! Oaky and a bit metallic. The finish is all tobacco.
Dr
Full on the palate and a lingering honeyed feel in the mouth. Love these peaty malts.
Scott
Not my favorite. I find that the peaty whiskies are not to my liking.
Charlie
Too smokey for my taste.
Daryll
Very peaty! Not my cup of tea.
Diego
Smooth and smoky flavor, excellent!
anonymous
This is my new love. Antiseptic iodine smell plus a smell of smokey salty breeze.
Andrea
My number one. A sip equals a day at the spa, years of therapy and a great night with friends.
Byron
Smokey, peaty and surprisingly smooth. An excellent single malt.
Garren
By far my favorite of the Islay peats! My go to drink!
Dietmar
Lovely and peaty
Chrisman
My absolute favorite spirit. I love the peat.
Geoffrey
I never drank scotch until I drank this. Incredible.
anonymous
Smokey, tasty and the best damn scotch there is..
anonymous
Favourite whiskey so far
Steve
Simply the best.
Joshua
I love this whiskey, it's like drinking a camp fire.
Page
It's a peaty heaven, complex and delicious. It's perfection in a bottle, and matches any occasion perfectly.
David
Nice smokey and peaty flavor, very smooth
anonymous
The best scotch with a lot of peat. Simply amazing.
anonymous
My fav
Nathan
No question the best. Unmatched with a medium to full body cigar.
Andrew
Spectacular!
anonymous
Best Islay scotch - peaty but not over-whelming.
anonymous
Fantastic. Perfectly balanced Islay scotch.
Dumitru
One of the best smoky whisky.
anonymous
Great!
Will
One of the very best, smokey and balance, a perfect finish of heat and sweet.
anonymous
What's not to like?? Amazing whisky, smoke that lingers for hours and a complex palate that will bring enjoyment each you have a dram. The perfect night cap.
anonymous
So good
Jason
simply amazing, the smokey front and smooth finish have given me a new found respect for scotch. pairs perfectly with a robusto cigar or a well seasoned grilled to perfection steak!! this is a scotch i brag about having in my collection!
anonymous
just a great Whiskey!
Charles
Powerful, bold- the definition of scotch. A bucket list scotch for sure.
Cheyne
It's hard because I love Islay whiskies so much, but this is one of the most wonderful whiskies on the planet.
David
One of the great single malts of Islay. No fire or burn...just warmth. Smokey, complex, aromatic...close to perfect. This is Scotch.
Chad
Very good scotch. If you haven't had it, change that.
Stephen
Really powerful aroma, bold taste, and a glorious finish. You'll have to love peat to enjoy this but if you do you'll be in heaven
Gerald
Simple complex. Mid level peat, massive nose. A very lively front end with a earthy smooth back end. Hands down the king of Islay.
Curtis
Fruity notes, the right amount of peat and lovely medium finish.
Chris
Top quality. Excellent entry point for whiskies when introducing friends to the spirit.
anonymous
The most perfect whiskey I've ever tasted
anonymous
Strong earthy flavor - powerful
Derrick
Smooth, great smokiness. A perfect cigar or pipe Scotch.
Clayton
Strong character, pitted almost to perfection for those who like a well balanced taste.
Daniel
Genuine !! Imprescindible !
anonymous
My single favorite scotch, but I love peat.
Yogesh
Absolute delight!
Elliott
Love the peaty flavor. My kinda scotch. Recommend it to all my scotch drinking buddies.
anonymous
Great
Robert
What scotch is suppose to be
anonymous
One of my all time favorite Islay scotches, I was drinking it before Ron Swanson made it huge.
anonymous
Perfecto!!
Brandon
One of my favorite Islay single malt scotch. I also like the 12 year cask strength!!
anonymous
The Best!!!
Zbigniew
Nice smooth start with a string finish. Defenitly something I will have to add to my collection
Shaun
Absolute favorite
anonymous
The grandfather of the Islays. Simply the smoothest, richest Islay with a powerful (but not overbearing) smokiness.
Anthony
This is the first Islay single malt that I had ever tried.. The first of many and it is still my scotch of choice. A luscious peaty smokey goodness. It overwhelms but in a good way. Better not try it or you might get hooked..
Phillip
Wow! The smoothest Scotch I have ever had.
Michael
For me, it doesn't get any better than this peaty beauty!
anonymous
Not that big a fan of the peat
Andrew
Excellent choice
Uroš
Top-notch Scotch with a peat cherry on top!
Jason
One of my favorite Islays. Very distinctive without being overpowering.
Kevin
Currently my favourite!
anonymous
Lagavulin 16y is in my top three list of favorite whisky
anonymous
The smokeness is awesome
Matt
The best.
anonymous
One of the greatest single malts ever!
anonymous
My top... My 10.
Rick
My favorite peat... So smooth with a great finish a staple for my bar
Pawan
Smoky peaty Happiness Can't go wrong
anonymous
Nice smokey,
anonymous
Zware geturfde whisky
anonymous
Very unique taste.
anonymous
Терпкая сладость, лакрица. На губах ощущается солью.
Peter
Dark fruit, moderate smoke, Sierra Nevada. So complex, slight spice, dark tobacco. Rich, thick mouth coating, smooth.
anonymous
Heavily peated but no long lasting taste
anonymous
Rauchiger Islay
anonymous
Favourite whisky of all time.
Edwin
Simply the best scotch.
anonymous
The one and only Lagavulin 16! Full of rich algae flavors
Amit
Wouldn't throw it away of someone bought it for me
Filip
Whiskey is my choice of spirit and I have tasted plenty of them. However Lagavulin certainly has a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because of the rarity of seeing this flask in a bar. Or maybe it's because the somewhat special taste of the sea, that reminds me of my home. Enjoy every drop wisely.
anonymous
Nose: an
Marcus
A smoky delight.
anonymous
In short - the best single malt I've tasted so far, and I've tasted quite many...
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