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Where would I start? I could go on and on about Lagavulin 16's greatness. Lagavulin 16 year old was the reason for my whisky madness. Whisky is something that I've liked ever since I got my first taste of it. Actually, ever since the first glance for it. But before Lagavulin 16, I didn't adore whisky that much, it was just a tasty and rough way to get hammered. Lagavulin 16 made me appreciate whisky like it should be appreciated.
Same thing happened with films when I saw Trainspotting for the first time. I had always enjoyed watching movies but after Trainspotting, I wanted to explore and study them. Both, Lagavulin 16 and Trainspotting are great examples of Scottish craftsmanship. True eye openers that managed to yank me into the world of great movies/whisky.
They both made me realize there's more in the industry than the ones you see every day at every shelf. You just have to look further and find it yourself.
Lagavulin 16 years offers an interesting journey of dryness and smoke mixed with nice flavors without too much complexity. Trainspotting offers you dry humor in a simple storyline with an interesting way. True masterpieces of their time...alltime.
Nose: Smoky right form the start. Sweet and spicy with iodine and peat. Enriched smoke turns into sweet peat towards the end.
Taste: Powerful peat with hints of oak and a malty side. Smoke is there all the way but stays delicately in the background with sweet notes.
Finish: Long with spicy peat and smoke combined together. Has some nutty notes and a bit earthly feel.
Balance: 'Thick beauty' that manages to advance in a consistent way. Still my absolute favorite, after 60 whiskies tasted...a true benchmark from Islay and Lagavulin.