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I received an older bottling of Lagavulin 16 from the family of a deceased uncle. The bottle was half empty upon receipt. I know the bottle has been around for several years, but I am not sure how to determine the exact date. I have had Lagavulin 16 on four separate occasions over the last two years, but none could match the richness and complexity of this bottling.
Nose: rich, buttery, and soft peat comingles with sweet red fruit and sugar.
Palate: matches the nose. Exceptionally smooth. Sweet, buttery arrival on a bed of soft, rich, and subtle peat.
FInish: sweet spice emerges for a long, warming finish replete with notes of red fruit and subdued sweet peat.
Absolutely fantastic - the best Lagavulin 16 I've had (the others would have scored in the low to mid 80's). I imagine that exposure to air over time helped to subdue the typical bonfire peat of this whisky, but the results are wonderful.