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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

A memorable beginning

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@DellnolaReview by @Dellnola

11th Oct 2011


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Nose: Less peat and smoke than the 12, but certainly not subtle, green tea, charcoal and wood chips, pine needles, sawdust, bitter mint, some brown sugar, highly unripe strawberries, bandages.

Taste: Bitter lemon, peat, salt and pepper, sea water, ash.

Finish: Peat, lemons, cooling mint, an extinguished campfire.

This was my first Islay whisky and wow did I hate it back then. I ordered it at a bar shortly after beginning my whisky journey and was stunned by the vile nature. I couldn't bare to finish it........Strange how things change. I remember very clearly thinking about that medicinal peaty flavor for weeks afterwards and I became more curious. Fast forward to now, and I have 3 bottles of Lagavulin in my cabinet. The point of the story I suppose is, don't write off a whole group of whisky (or anything) based on a single first impression. You could end up missing out on something great.

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PMessinger commented

@Dellnola awesome review my story is a bit different my bottle was a gift from my wife. It was exspensive and I've been dragging my feet on opening it because I was afaird I would not like it or that I would be let down by the hype of this whisky. You have an awesome review thanks for sharing. :)

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