Lagavulin Islay Single Malt 16 years: review and tasting notes
The Single Malt Lagavulin 16-year-old is a legendary bottle, one of those whiskies that never disappoints. It is a delicious distillate with an intense flavor—peaty, spicy, fruity, and mineral, but everything is dosed with grace and rigor.
It is a whisky made on the island of Islay, which is a real Mecca for whisky but only has nine distilleries left. But they are not interested in the whisky tours or the poignant views that can be enjoyed in this remote part of Scotland.
With its breezes and salty air, the sea gives the whiskey made on these shores a unique flavor and aroma of balsamic and herbal notes.
Another key feature is the intensity of the peat. This Lagavulin 16 is not as peaty and sooty as the Ardbeg, nor is it as round as a Macallan whisky.
Only good things can happen by combining these features with a meticulous selection of ingredients, a distillation made with love, and 16 years of barrel aging. It would be appropriate to speak of terroir (for all 8 distilleries) since they are products of their kind.
After the concise but necessary introduction, let’s taste this Lagavulin Scotch whiskey, a Single Malt Islay aged for 16 years.
As soon as you approach, the nose is a swirl of dark and smoky aromas intertwined with alpine herbs, salt, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits such as dates, and nuts.
Then came sweet notes of bread, spicy memories, and tobacco, but what makes it great is that they are well mixed. Aging has done its job, not only as marked by smoky tones.
The overall aromaticity, sea memories, and iodine flakes are where they should be, declined gracefully.
What does Lagavulin 16 years whiskey 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 keywords.
There are no burrs, but a lot of finesse. The finish is herbaceous, very long, so long that it’s lost among the reefs of a midsummer night.
Expect no smug, puffy whisky. It’s a tough bottle, thick, peaty, and very mineral, multi-faceted but knowing how to caress the palate with a sweet and savory play of light and shadow.
Lagavulin 16 years price
It is well worth the 46-50 €.