Lagavulin 16 Year

Product Details:

  • Name: Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Type: Single Malt Scotch
  • Age: 16 Years
  • Region: Islay, Scotland
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 43%

Tasting Notes and Technical Description:

Visual Appearance: Lagavulin 16 offers a deep, rich amber color, almost akin to burnished gold. The slow, oily legs that coat the glass hint at the complexity and the full-bodied nature of the whisky, a testament to its lengthy maturation.

Nose (Aroma): The nose is intense, filled with a signature Islay peat smoke that is both earthy and medicinal. Underneath the smoky façade, you’ll find layers of brine, seaweed, and a hint of iodine. These maritime elements are accented by subtler notes of dried fruit, specifically raisins and prunes, and a touch of leather.

Palate (Taste): The first sip confirms that this is a robust, full-bodied whisky. The palate is a skillful blend of flavors ranging from intense smoky peat to sweeter undertones of sherry, caramel, and dark chocolate. Mid-palate, you'll experience a crescendo of spices, notably black pepper, before giving way to a chewy, malty sweetness that complements the overarching smokiness.

Finish: The finish is exceptionally long and warming, dominated by smoky, peaty nuances and a lingering saltiness that calls back to its maritime origins. A final, surprising hint of licorice and oak leaves a complex, satisfying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of Lagavulin 16 is exceptionally oily and viscous, filling the palate with its complex flavor profile. Despite its formidable character and 43% ABV, the whisky is smooth, with the alcohol perfectly integrated into the experience.

Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:

At Third Base Market & Spirits, Lagavulin 16 is revered as a classic example of Islay whisky, appealing to aficionados who appreciate a deeply peaty and complex spirit. Its 16 years of aging, full-bodied character, and intricate flavor profile make it an outstanding choice for anyone looking to explore the smoky end of the Scotch whisky spectrum.

Pairing Suggestions: Given its bold, smoky profile, Lagavulin 16 pairs excellently with rich, flavorful foods. Consider blue cheese, grilled meats, or even dark chocolate to counterbalance and complement the whisky’s intensity.

Availability: While Lagavulin 16 is a highly sought-after bottle, we maintain a well-stocked inventory at Third Base Market & Spirits. Nonetheless, it’s always good to secure a bottle when available, given its perennial popularity among whisky enthusiasts.

To sum it up, Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt is an iconic Islay whisky that delivers a complex symphony of flavors, from medicinal peat to malty sweetness. With its profound character and lasting finish, it stands as a must-try for anyone interested in exploring the deeper, smokier nuances of Scotch whisky. Whether you're new to the world of peated whisky or a longtime devotee, Lagavulin 16 offers a memorable experience that epitomizes the richness and complexity of Islay spirits.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
James McClelland
Second Hand Review

I gave this as a gift, so I can't speak from personal experience. But my brother says, "It is the BEST!"

nonso ubajekwe

In love with this . Phenomenal smokiness

Mark McClure
Big boy petey Scotch like NO other

When the temps go low .. I look for a good petey, smokie sipper to spend evenings by the fireplace with and, this is the simply t h e best.

Wally Mccord
It never disappoints

A very nice Isley Scotch . The sixteen year is my favorite. I have over the years enjoyed it and highly recommend a finger’s to sip to relax .

Tom B
The original smoke powerhouse

Still the most visceral response I've ever had to any spirit--the big campfire and bacon nose grabbed me right away and instantly convinced me 20+ years ago that I not only loved scotch, but had found one I could instantly cite if anyone asked whether I had a particular favorite. It's probably still my all-time favorite whisky. The smoke hits from arm's length, if not from across the room. The alcohol is quite subdued in comparison to other smoke-bomb whiskies, though it warms you within seconds after a sip. I wish I could always have this on my bar, but I'm too tempted to drink it all the time, and the price is just beyond reach for an everyday drinker.