Lagavulin 16 Islay Singe Malt – whisky review

Lagavulin 16

This time there’s classic of the classics on my table: Lagavulin 16. The basic version of the great whisky, bottled at the distillery.

Lagavulin 16

Lagavulin means „hollow of the mill”

Scotch Single Malt

Region: Islay

16 years old

43% ABV

Strongly peated: 35 PPM

Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, finished in ex-sherry casks

Chill filtered

Color: amber + 1, with the addition of artificial caramel

Tasting notes

Nose: very subtle. The whole forest in one glass. Old wood, prunes, hay, sweet Sherry, dried figs, dates, ripe nectarines, marzipan, sea air. Everything is wonderfully enveloped in a distinct accent of the smoke from the campfire. The alcohol is very well hidden. 22/25

Palate: smoked plums, smoke, wood, maple syrup, marzipan, cappuccino, resin, arugula, apricot kernels, chocolate liqueur. Pretty sweet – just like in the smell. 21/25

Finish: smoke, arugula, honey, semi-dry wine, ripe bananas, cocoa, something lightly burned – but it’s very pleasant. Quite long and really … reeeeeeeeally pleasant. 22/25

Balance: there’s nothing to complain … except for two things 😉 chill filtration and the addition of artificial caramel. Besides, this Whisky is almost perfect. 22/25

Overall: 87/100

Other reviews:

Murray (2017): 95/100

Serge (2017): 87/100

Ralfy (2016): 87/100

Price: in Poland, from about PLN 210. In Germany, in the Edeka store for 50 €.

Lagavulin 16yo


I compared a few sixteen-year-old Lagavulins. You can sense the minimum differences in different bottles (from different years), but it is always the same – a very high level. A brilliant Whisky.

I’m always happy to come back to it. I can highly recommend!

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