Lagavulin 16 Year Old – ‘Til Death (or poverty) Do Us Part

Lagavulin_16_ScotchThis one has been hailed as a supreme delight by authority and amateur alike and my opinion is the same. This is one of the first great single malts I was introduced to and it remains among my very favorite.

A somewhat light, rosy amber in color, the nose on this refined libation keeps shifting from wet to dry, from something like a peat-soaked chardonnay to smoke from a distant campfire; from warm wildflower honey to chocolate Necco wafers; from moist tobacco to pure dark powdery cocoa; from distant melon to a light heather breeze.

The palate confirms many of these things, especially the layers of shifting, delicate layers of peaty smoke, the not-too-sweet honey and a bit of brine and spice, flowing over the tongue like ambrosial cream to a long, warm, peppery, honeyed, smooth, smooth – with just a bite – finish.

As long as I have a job, I’ll have a bottle of this in my cabinet.

2 thoughts on “Lagavulin 16 Year Old – ‘Til Death (or poverty) Do Us Part

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more. I love this Scotch. This is a must have in any Scotch collection. I don’t currently have this one in my cabinet, but I do have an unopened bottle of the Lagavulin 12. Some claim that the 12 yr is an improvement over the 16. It’s hard to envision this since the 16 is one of my favorites.

    • Yes, the Lagavulin 16 is a truly great whiskey and one of my favorites. I had a bit last night, in fact, before dousing my taste buds in Octomore 5.1 and numbing my tongue against any further whiskey experimentation! The Lagavulin 12 is another thing altogether and it doesn’t take the place of the 16 in any way. The 12 is cask strength and more heavily peated. It trades some refinement and sophistication for pungency and power. I remember that, when I first opened my Lagavulin 12, with a friend, the peat and smoke filled the room as soon as it was poured and I don’t think we actually tasted it for twenty minutes or more. It’s a great experience and another world class whiskey from Lagavulin.

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