A much sought-after single malt 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 meal pairing for this beauty, try intensely flavoured salty blue cheeses, which complement the intense, peat rich, sweet and salty character of this Lagavulin wonderfully.
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.
Awards for Lagavulin 16 Year Old
- Gold – Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years – 2016 – World Whiskies Awards
- 1st Place – Best Single Malt Scotch 13-17 Years – 2015 – International Whisky Competition
- 1st Place – Best Peated Whisky – 2015 – International Whisky Competition
- Master – Islay 13-18 years old – 2014 – The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
- Gold – Liquid Gold Award – 2014 – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
- Double Gold – Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Yrs – 2013 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Winner – Best Single Malt Scotch – 13 to 19 Yrs – 2013 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Master – Islay 13-18 years old – 2013 – The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
- 2nd Place – Best Single Malt Whisky – 2015 – International Whisky Competition
- 2nd Place – Best Single Malt Scotch (Islay) – 2015 – International Whisky Competition
- Silver – Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years – 2014 – World Whiskies Awards
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2014 – International Wine & Spirit Competition
- Gold – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2013 – International Wine & Spirit Competition
- Silver Outstanding – Scotch Single Malt – Islay – 2017 – International Wine & Spirit Competition
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Lagavulin 16
Quote 1 “My go to daily dram. Yes, an expensive habit but you only live once. This gem is an inculcation of the spirit of Islay. The amazing nose and delicious palate make it a sensory experience. We can all use a little “me” time with something a memorable as Lagavulin 16. Cheers!”
Quote 2 “When I first tried laga 16 I was a little underwhelmed. I’d read so many reviews of it being ‘the one’ but it seemed just another Islay. Some iodine, some smoked kippers and the rest of the usual suspects for Hebridean whisky. Next to my Ledaig 18 it seemed a little one dimensional. I did however persist and keep returning to it.
One magical night after a dram of a single barrel cask strength bourbon I came back to it. A few drops of water, 15 mins to open up and I took a sip. Suddenly it revealed itself to me in all its glory, the balance is just exceptional. It opens with a salvo of mellow smoke, followed by a flash of aniseed on the tongue before sherry and chocolate sit on top of a blustery western shore. It fades into the distance leaving smoked meats, chocolate and oak, finally dissipating to fennel seed on the back of the tongue. I don’t know why it took me so long to fully appreciate its glory but it’s a great, great whisky.”
Quote 3 “The title says it all. As a fan of peated whiskeys, there are 2 bottles I return to: the Lagavulin 16 on Fridays and better days and the Talisker Dark Storm on weekdays :-). Its a wonderful whiskey, the aroma peated but not too agressive, woody and relaxing. The taste reflects the peatiness (as opposed to a Laphroaig where smell beats taste)
with some sea and leather in there. If you take the peated whiskey trip: start with a Talisker Skye, work your way up to Talisker 10, Dark Storm and finally a Lagavulin. Hope you will appreciate it as I did.”