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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Smoked Demerara Sugar!

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

5th Jul 2016


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I decided to give this much-talked about whisky at one of the local bars. The place was loud, and so was this whisky...

NOSE: complex Demerara sugar sweetness with that lovely bacon smokiness and a touch of peat. Dried fruit. A tiny splash of water tones down the smoke and reveals some sweet herbal, tarragon notes.

TASTE: explosion of flavor. Rich, almost sherry-like sweet with undertones of peat which really is not that prominent. It's accompanying the experience, not leading it. There's a touch of caramel closer to the finish.

FINISH: the finish alone is worth the candle. It's truly very big and long and warming with lovely dried fruit, burned wood and iodine.


I really didn't get much smoke and peat, as was promised. The bottle had been probably open for ages at that place. Nevertheless, it was a very lovely dram with a beautiful, beautiful finish which I've really fallen for. The most dominant note throughout all the senses here is this Demerara sugar which is infused with smoke, peat, herbal notes, dried fruit, and caramel.

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Pete1969 commented

Just enjoying a dram of this tonight and totally different experience (check the previous comments about Batch variation from a number of members)

My bottle started out mild peat, little bit of smoke and fruity rich very similar to what you describe move on 2 weeks and.

Dirty oily smoky and mouth coating this is a total peat monster with a rich fruit underpinning. Spicy/peppery when held for any length of time on the tongue and a finish that goes on until tomorrow.

When I first opened this I thought I understood why so many members had a downer on the more recent batches but how that has changed now. This is my favourite Islay Standard bottling it blows the socks off Ardbeg and Laphroaig my caveat being I have only had one batch if the rumours are true I got lucky. Never had a Batch variation in Laphroaig 10 a little with Ardbeg10 but if I did not get the bruiser I am currently sipping I would be devastated.

PS Bruichladdich and Kilchoman I do not count as standard Islay in any expression and not got round to Caol I'll and Bowmore

3 years ago 0

Georgy commented

Pete1969 mind you, I tasted that whisky in a bar with load music and quite a bit of distraction. I find that unless it's a specialized whisky club or your own bottle - you can't be 100% sure of what this or that whisky is really worth. So although it is significantly more expensive , if you are to be objective, you just have to buy a bottle and revisit if for at least a few weeks to be able to make any kind of judgement. For me Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig QC are the best Islay can offer for a reasonably good price.

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