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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

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@Phil73805Review by @Phil73805

20th Feb 2015


Lagavulin 16 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Legs: Thick and slow

Nose: Out of the bottle it’s rather closed, meaty smoke and salt. With a little time some complexity starts to become apparent, intense peat smoke followed by a hint of vanilla and toffee. With a few drops of water (no more!) it really opens up. The sweet smoke makes some space for a wonderful creamy caramel vanilla surprising in its intensity. With some time I’m starting to notice a pleasant menthol thread in this fascinating nose.

Palate: Mouth coating with a sweet caramel vanilla arrival followed quickly by a tongue tingling spiciness and the signature Lagavulin peat.

Finish: Warmth in the throat, plenty of peat smoke, subtle sweetness and a lingering saltiness.

I started to experience some palate fade before the end of my exploration and so used some of the clear memories of my first ever taste a few weeks back.

While there can be no doubt that this is a classic single malt, the intensity of that caramel vanilla in the nose and on the palate leaves me wondering what an unpeated mature Lagavulin spirit would be like. Blasphemy I know and yet...

Without wishing to bang on about this old chesnut, the score would be dangerously close to the limit if this expression was non-chill filtered, natural colour and bottled at higher strength.

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NAV26 commented

@phil73805, do you have any bottle code, I just picked a couple of bottles (L 4 244) up in Conakry and wanted to know how they might compare to the bottle in your review?

9 years ago 0

Phil73805 commented

Hi NAV26, the bottle code of mine is L4302CM000 and on the line below 08679900. Being a beginner I have yet to come to grips with bottle numbers and batches unless it's categorically stated on the label.

9 years ago 0

NAV26 commented

@phil73805, yours is the 302nd day of 2014, mine are the 244th of 2014.

9 years ago 0