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One of my faves; Lagavulin 16 reminds me of a more mature, tamed, more refined and balanced version of its Islay cousin Laphroaig 1/4 Cask -
On the nose, Lagavulin is peaty, smokey, with a solid oak undertone, as well as slightly fruity, and syrupy; very pleasant, but needs 5-10 minutes to open up a little -
Taste is fantastic, more peat, aged oak, however, sweeter with notes of sherry or berries; though not sure if this is aged in sherry casks?? A very balanced and harmonious coming together of smoke and sweet, with a long lasting finish.
The finish lingers, and is complex as the peat and smokey oak dissipates and makes way for wonderful maple syrup, and floral/berry notes.
An interesting dram for those seeking full flavour, balance, and a sophisticated concert of flavours complementing each other as they progress from nose to finish - Highly recommended.