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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

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@UisgebethaReview by @Uisgebetha

16th Oct 2014

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    25
  • Finish
    24
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    97

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They’ve not changed the presentation of this whisky in my memory. A regal dark green box, dusky green bottle, understated but assured, as consistent as the contents.

Massively smoky on the nose with some sweetness. The sweetness seems to have a tree resin quality, while the smoke is the main show with whiffs of kippers, sea weed and phenolic peat smoke.

The taste is remarkable with a huge array of flavours overwhelming the palate. It takes time to explore but there is smoke (of course), some bitter malty hints that have been likened to Lap sang tea, peat, coffee, sherry, sea weed, woody resins and bitter chocolate. The mouth feel is rich and full but for a south shore Islay it lacks the mouth puckering phenolic burn, peaty yes but mellow with all the flavours. The bitter flavours come to the fore through the finish but it’s a satisfying long end.

This whisky blew my socks off years ago and it still surprises me. Never disappointing.

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4 comments

@mct
mct commented

Having read your review, now i regret choosing the Highland Park 18 over this one since i only had a budget for one bottle hehe

This 16 y/o will surely be my next purchase :)

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Mct, they are two quite different beasts. I consider the Lagavulin to be much peatier than the Highland Park.

2 years ago 0

@Uisgebetha
Uisgebetha commented

mct, their both fantastic whisky's in their own way, I would not be without either.

2 years ago 0

@mct
mct commented

thanks for the tips guys :)

about one year ago 0

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