Lagavulin 16yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Lagavulin 16yr

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  • Distiller:

    Lagavulin

  • Bottler:

    Lagavulin

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    16 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: The nuttiness and fruits come in on the palate and works so well with the lingering smoke on the back end.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish has honey and orange notes with a hint of smoke.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Smoky malt fades to smoky oak fades to smoke for a long and savory finish.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Peat smoke is integrated throughout the dram and that lavish mouthful of whisky that you are experiencing leads to the discovery of seaweed, fruit, and tobacco. Hedonists, this one's for you.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: You might not like it, but if you enjoy whisky, it is essential for you to buy a bottle of Lagavulin 16, and drink it. It might take you the rest of your life, but it’s important.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: It isn’t exactly the most gracious and easy of introductions to the world of Islay whisky, but it’s one of the best.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Monster
  • Excerpt: The oily and thick texture gives an incredible character to the whisky. Amount of Sherry influence in this whisky is so amazing that it can also behave like a benchmark to other Lagavulin expressions.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: A standard for peated whiskies: big, bold, assertive - very balanced and full.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The flavor that magically includes the innate intense peatiness of Islay malts and the masterly employment of oak barrels phase defines “classy Islay.” Concludes sweetly, without sacrificing the tangy, astringent peatiness that is inherent. Gorgeous.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Sweetness and smoke, both together and a bit less peat. Its there, but not overpowering and certainly more subtle than the 12. Light vanilla and some mild citrus.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: Iodine, rich peat, and caramel on the early nose, with sherry, sea salt, and charcuterie.
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  • Intro:

    This is an older, but lower proofed version of Lagavulin 12. Now the pride and jewel of Parks and Rec and Ron Swanson alike, it has reached some level of cult popularity despite the merits of what is in the bottle.

  • Nose:

    Sweetness and smoke, both together and a bit less peat. Its there, but not overpowering and certainly more subtle than the 12. Light vanilla and some mild citrus.

  • Taste:

    This is definitely a much lighter dram than the 12, this is likely attributed to the 12% drop in ABV. A little more blended with no particular flavor dominating under the smokey canopy. I like that I experience a bit more fruit and sweetness here, especially brown sugar and cream. That being said, it really feels "weak". I think I'd rather take the improvements garnered from the boost in proof than the additional sweetness here. I'm not as impressed as with the 12.

  • Finish:

    Surprisingly the finish doesn't seem as long as the 12, but its also less harsh. The smoke lingers a bit more but there's less richness and complexity here.

  • Overall:

    This bottle is fine. It's really just fine. I understand why some people are annoyed with it - it's every fanboys favorite and I'll even admit I have a bottle and box signed by the Duke himself. That being said, you can find better quality product in the same product line and in many others - often for a more reasonable price, also.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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