Whiskey Review: Lagavulin 16 Year Old - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Lagavulin 16 Year OldEditor’s Note: We welcome another whiskey review from the Whiskey Noobs review team.

Lagavulin was our 1st journey into the world of Islay. The 1st time we breathed in the peaty goodness that is Lagavulin and experienced the taste of a peat bog we knew that scotch was for us. Lagavulin is a distillery located on the island of Islay off the south western coast of Scotland. The distilleries there are know for their peaty character and Lagavulin is one of the leading distilleries in the world. They have been distilling peaty goodness since 1816 (just two years after the Star Spangled Banner was written and the British burned the White House!).

I still don’t understand why it took as long as it did for us to sample such a delicious spirit! Getting the idea yet that we enjoyed this scotch?

Aged in bourbon barrels, the 16 Year Old is their flag ship whisky and can be found in just about any liquor store. It is on the pricey side coming in around $100 a bottle so if peated whisky is not your thing you may want to pass on this one but for peat lovers this bottle is well worth the price.


Color:  Amber

Nose:  Peat, an iodine saltiness, smoke, underlying sherry sweetness

Palate:  PEAT!  smoky oak, sea salt, orange, toffee, with spice towards the end

Finish:  Smoke, peat, freshly cut grass, peppery, long and heavenly.

w/ Water:  Ruins a great scotch.



Color:  Deep amber

Nose:  Peat, smoke, salt, oaky sweet.  All that is good in a well peated Scotch.

Palate:  Peat punches you in the face, followed by his buddy smoke.  Then it hits you up with salt and orange and spice.  Great for a fireside drink on a brisk autumn day.

Finish:  Smoky, long, & peaty.  Long with pepper, too.  Surprisingly more complex than just peat and smoke everywhere.

w/ Water:  Completely falls apart.  Better without.


Should you want to hunt down a bottle of Lagavulin 16 Year Old here’s a list of online liquor retailers carrying it for your consideration.

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