The Single Malt Lagavulin 16 years is a legendary bottle, one of those whiskey that never disappoint. It is a distillate with an intense flavor, peaty, spicy, fruity, mineral, but everything is dosed with grace and rigor.
It is a whiskey produced on the island of Islay, a true Mecca of whiskey where there are now only eight distilleries. But are not the whiskey tour that interest us or the poignant views that can be enjoyed in this remote part of Scotland.
It is the sea itself, which, with its breezes and saltiness makes whiskeys produced on these shores unique, marking them with intriguing balsamic and herbal aromas.
Another key feature is the intensity of peat, this Lagavulin 16 is not definitely peaty and sooty as the Ardbeg, but neither round such as a Macallan whiskey.
If you combine these features to a painstaking selection of ingredients, a distillation made with love and a 16 years barrel aging, only good things can happen. It would be appropriate to speak of terroir (for all 8 distilleries), since they are products of their kind.
Ok, after the concise but necessary introduction, let’s taste this Lagavulin Scotch whisky Single Malt Islay 16 years.
Lagavulin 16 years’ bouquet
As soon as you approach the nose is all a swirl of dark and smoky aromas, but intertwined with alpine herbs, salt, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits such as dates and nuts.
Then came sweet notes of bread, spicy memories, tobacco, but what make it great is that they are well mixed, aging has actually done its job, not only marked with smoky tones.
The overall aromaticity, sea memories, and iodine flakes are where they should be, declined gracefully.
What does Lagavulin 16 years whisky taste like?
The palate is broad, warm and alcoholic, but well polished. It expands vertically with menthol memories, exciting minerality and good alcohol progression.
Balance and roundness are always the key words, there are no burrs, but a lot finesse. The finish is herbaceous, very long, so long that it’s lost among the reefs of a midsummer night.
Do not expect a smug, puffy whisky, it’s a tough bottle, thick, peaty and very mineral, multi-faceted but which knows how to caress the palate with a sweet and savory play of light and shadows.
Lagavulin 16 years price
46-50 €, it is worth every penny.
Lagavulin 16 years pairings
It’s a wide-ranging action whisky, from chocolate desserts to salmon: salmon with teriyaki sauce, chocolate salami.