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And here I was thinking that heavily peated whisky wouldn't be to my liking yet. But this Lagavulin made me see the light! After several careful encounters with Laphroaig and Ardbeg, I now tasted this Lagavulin 16 Year Old (that I got as a birthday gift).
The beautiful dark color and intense viscosity get your anticipation levels peaking.
The nose is very powerful with a truckload of iodine and peat, with quite a bit of salt. Close your eyes and you'll find yourself on the shores of Islay during a storm! Easy, baby, easy... I'm new to this. Several gentle sniffs bring out the subtler nuances with some vanilla - that was not expected! Great nose!
You do not want to dillute this baby, believe me. The dram is deceptively silky and coats your mouth completely. But... what is this? It starts with sweetness, even chocolate? That's not what I got from the nose. What is going on... But then - ah! The dram explodes in your mouth (you will actually widen your eyes in surprise, I know I did) with the peat, smoke, iodine and salt. Oh, yes! What a complexity. I love it!
The party continues during the finish and one cannot help but wonder: 'would it really hurt to pour me another one?!'
I can only add five more words: you must try this one!