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Lagavulin 16 Year Old


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@BDeVriesReview by @BDeVries

4th Nov 2009


Lagavulin 16 Year Old
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  • Taste
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It consistently astounds me that this bottle only costs about $60 US dollars. I see there are more than a few reviewers before me that have accurately analyzed the taste. I seek here to put things in more metaphorical terms.

Nose: Home, loving home. The nose of this Scotch makes me homesick for a place that never existed. A hug from a father with the scent of burning leaves lingering in his wool sweater. A mother at a woodstove, my favorite meal steaming atop it. Their unconditional love overwhelming me.

Palate: kissing a mermaid, the mermaid of your wettest dreams. You've just learned how to breath underwater and you can stay with her forever. But she won't mind if you leave to live a life above as long as you come down every once in a while...

Finish: the piano reverberation at the end of "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles - the first time you ever heard it, with the girl who took your virginity deftly, wonderfully, and with impeccable musical timing.

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jdcook commented

Wow - if I didn't already love this dram, I certainly would now. Very cool.

14 years ago 0

Matthew_Gidley commented

very well said, sir. without a doubt this is my favourite malt.

14 years ago 0

jeanluc commented

Quite beautifully put. The Beatles reference gave me goose bumps - I hear the piano echoing in my mind right now.

14 years ago 0

brucefraser commented

Wow! exceptionally well written review. I'm heading out to seek a bottle of this today!

14 years ago 0

yossiyitzak commented

Sweet Fancy Moses, pure poetry and dead on! It's amazing when tasting can go beyond the taste and bring you to a level of felling. Well done.

14 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

I haven't tasted this one but plan to, but besides that, whenever Mr DeVries writes a review, you simply have to read it. Thanks, B!

14 years ago 0

scotchaddict commented

I've always found poetic descriptions a little silly but the description of the nose as a loving home is spot on, like a fire's been burning at the hearth. You certainly have a way with words!

14 years ago 0

antihero commented

This review is awesome. Thank you.

Indeed this is a brilliant bottle.

14 years ago 0

antihero commented

@ BDeVries:

Hope this is not offside with you. I actually linked to this little review of yours from my website (www.liquorature.com). Thought that others should see it. Hope you don't mind. Let me know.


13 years ago 0

PeatAndMeat commented

Still the best review :)

13 years ago 0

Shaman commented

@BDeVries: I am heading out to my camp and we had decided on a "dry wood" long WE... (I know!) just read your review and now I feel like I am unfaithful... Your description is so in tune with what this malt can evoke... Thanks for this one.

13 years ago 0

Carlito commented

Awesome! I will for sure stalk your profile from now on!

13 years ago 0

Sebrunet commented

Wow! Your review is quite welcoming! I tasted it through your words.

13 years ago 0

GMalcolm commented

That's the best review I've ever read.

13 years ago 0

LeFrog commented

Oh yes - @BDeVries and this review have cult status around here :)

13 years ago 0

Victor commented

Excellent poetry for an excellent whisky!

13 years ago 0

RobertH commented

Recently acquired. While I think the smoke comes a little more forward than the other flavors, I find it to be a favorite among family members, artist types, and myself.

Great review.

13 years ago 0

Jaap commented

Amazing whisky with a amazing review. You just said what I always think with drinkin' this peat except for that Beatles song. Will follow you from now!

12 years ago 0

Lakeboy commented

I'm just discovering this website and the reviews. Nicely done, makes one of my favorite even more special. I particularly liked the "Day in the Life" reference. Now I'll not have a wee nip of this whiskey without thinking of the song.

Also one of my favorite songs as well -- thanks!!!

9 years ago 0

achapman commented

This is one of the best if not the best whisky l have tasted to date. The before, during and after taste are all accurately described.

8 years ago 0

jeanluc commented

Still one of my favourite reviews on Connosr. Had to revisit and heart it.

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Ol_Jas commented

@jeanluc , you gotta use your Connosr super powers to feature this one on the main page!

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