Lagavulin 16 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $100) SKU #620021

$62.99

WA 94 WE 92
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K&L Notes

Lagavulin was established in 1830 and has the driest start of all single malts. Full amber in color, with a dominant sherry nose. Full-bodied yet smooth. The dryness is offset by the sweetness of the sherry character. Salty notes and a huge powerful peaty finish. A connoisseur's malt, and with consistently high marks from late critic Michael Jackson.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    5/26/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Lagavulin is a pillar. Without a doubt one of the most important distilleries in Scotland, it is the darling of Diageo and continues to crank out ultra high quality smoky malt year after year. Even though cranky critics like to lament how Lag 16 year doesn't taste like it used to, I've had it along side bottlings from the last 3 decades and I have to say, while the style is slightly different (OBE might be in play here), it without a doubt continues to be one of the most special whiskies on the market. Quality, flavor, and depth are unsurpassed at this price point (and our price point continues to be pretty seriously low all things considered). The Lagavulin is an oily best, rich and peaty, but with a balance that makes you itching to get the glass back up to your lips.
  • James Knight
    By: James Knight
    6/17/2014
    K&L Staff Member
    Earthy, smoky, ashy, and underneath it all, sweet and chewy. I waited nearly a month and a half after opening the Lagavulin 16 to review it; I figured it would reveal itself over time, that this lion would lamb out a bit. Well. I agree that it is defiantly smoky (as Dave Broom says), like a hearth, with some caramel candy and smoked meats like, say, the Talisker 10 (aka the Precious...in my regard) on the tongue. Nosing is hot and spicy, and the finish is like hot smoke. Richer, with less thin, iodine character than some Islay single malts--maybe a hint of singed seaweed. A serious Islay at a whacky good price.
  • Tristan Stringer
    By: Tristan Stringer
    8/7/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    For my palate I'm not sure this single malt can be bested around its price point. It carries heavy smoke without being overpowering - and the complexity on the finish begs to know why you would spend more on lesser scotches. A first love for many scotch drinkers, but don't be surprised if you keep coming back to this bottle after you explore the multitude of offerings on the market around this price-point.

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Customer Reviews

  • By: Hayes 2/14/2013

    It's like you were on the beach on a breezy, balmy night, and made a campfire out of still-wet driftwood with seaweed clinging to it. Then you roasted a marshmallow that blackened and fell in the wood and you fished it out and ate it. Very delicious.<br><br>Brine, Peat, campfire wood, with faded burnt marshmallow in the back of your throat on the finish. All infused with a soft frame of iodine.

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