The Lagavulin 16 is a classic that should be in every single bar. If your bottle is empty, run straight to the store to replace it, for it is an affordable standard whisky that raises the bar very high. I will gladly try this bottlings from 23rd December 2015, with thanks to Pat for the sample.
The nose is powerful and soft at the same time with loads of medicinal elements and peat, sea salt and more maritime elements. I am transported straight to the rocky coast of Islay, where a feisty wind almost blows me from my socks. But there is also a doused wood fire, vanilla, caramel and oranges on this lovely, warm nose.
It rolls silky soft accross the tongue, caressing your taste buds with surprisingly sweet notes from caramel, oranges and dark fruit. Obviously some wonderful, classic Lagavulin traits kick in as well: iodine, salt, peat and smoke.
This continues in the medium long finish.
Ah… a classic, like I said. More sherry influence than I remember. And indeed: this is a must-have. That reminds me… off to the store!