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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

This is Peat Perfection!

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@goldfilmReview by @goldfilm

4th Nov 2014

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This is the closest Ive tried to a perfect peaty malt. Lagavulin would definitely get into the category of bonfire, leather, iodine, but also a raisin and a toasted pistachio marrying in your palate. It's one of the peat monsters; I've gone through Talisker, Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and all of them have their own distinctive element. But Lagavulin stands out with the perfect combination of ABV, strong peat, rich, almost weird sweetness and smooth yet complex finish.

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4 comments

Rigmorole commented

I tasted a glass a few days ago. Yes, it's still quite nice. This said, it used to be better and much less expensive. Ah, those were the good ole days; when drinkers in the US were not turned on to scotch whisky and instead were content with their vodka and gin. I miss being able to walk into my neighborhood liquor store and buy a bottle of Pappy's right off the shelf. Of course, back then good scotch whisky was hard to come by in Oregon. The liquor control commission didn't try to get very many interesting bottles into the state since demand was low. Ah, but a trip to Scotland back in the 1990's was like visiting Valhalla when it came to the wonderful bottles one could stumble across there, even in the lowlands.

4 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Are you still stocking your cabinet? The Springbank 12 cask strength is quite nice. So is the Taketsuru 17 (Nikka)

4 years ago 0

@goldfilm
goldfilm commented

I was considering the Springbank 10, I'll try to taste the CS, never thought about it! The T17 is also in my "to taste" list, thanks for the suggestions...

4 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael commented

Of all the smokey/peated Islay single that I've tried over the years...IMHO nothing is quite as good as the Lagavulin 16 yr.

Hands down my favorite.

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