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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old Reviews

    Lagavulin 16 Year Old 82
    Based on 92 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Lagavulin
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    16 Years
    Alcohol
    43% abv.
    Region
    Scotland: Islay
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.

    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Mr Bob

    7750/99
    Color
    light cold (Dalwhinnie15)
    Nose
    leans towards orange peels after tasts
    Body
    not thick plenty of soul
    Palate
    peat is there some sea not much salt
    Finish
    warm finish very much refined

    At first thought was near Lagavulin 16 However with Dalwhinnie the bite came with an after tast of orange peal laga 16 remains my all time fav but the expensiveness unfortunatly prohibits my enjoyment of Lagavlin 16 so alternativly singles like Dalwhinnie are a good substitute but lagavulin will always offer the best rewards as far as a peat whiskey is concerned. if you can live with the price difference then Lagavulin 16 is the best on offer and Dalwhinnie a probable 2nd choice, although Dalwhinnie is not as pugnant a peat or pure peat lagavulin 16 is exactly pure peatish and richer in every one of my sences, maybe 2 extreams one not so murkey as Dalwhinnie and Dalwhinnie cleaner with that sharpish orange peal after tast both great Whiskey's

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Antique wood, rustic honey.
    Nose
    Camp fire in a glass.
    Body
    Confident without being overwhelming. Putting on a woollen sweater in your mouth, warm, comforting, yet with minimal itchiness.
    Palate
    Nuts. Little salt, just the earthy taste of leftover Christmas walnuts. All pale in comparison to the overwhelming peatiness.
    Finish
    Depth with echoes that mellow as it lingers, you want to enjoy the present sensation and look forward to the next mouthful.

    Simply love it, share it often and use it to educate family and friends on the differing tastes and textures of Scotch whisky. If left with only one whisky to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Burnt amber
    Nose
    Smoke and peat and more smoke and more peat.
    Body
    Thick mouthfeel. Slightly oily. A big beautiful body.
    Palate
    Plenty of warm, dry and tasty smoke. Peat, tar and a flash of sweetness.
    Finish
    Long, smoky, satisfying finish. Best enjoyed on a cool evening.

    Not for the newbie. Best appreciated by Scotch lovers with a few years of experience.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by BottyGuy

    9350/99
    Color
    Pale Amber
    Nose
    Smokey Campfire
    Body
    Buttery Smooth
    Palate
    Initial Peat, caramel comes through, a little salt and iodine on the finish
    Finish
    The caramel, salt linger on as the smoke wears off.

    I can see why Lagavulin is polarizing, it's not as smoky/peaty as Arbeg or Laphroaig, but not as smooth as a Balvenie or a Highland Park. To me it strikes just the right balance. It's really my favorite winter scotch, perfect when drinking straight, I don't think water improves it.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9850/99
    Color
    golden
    Nose
    peat smoke, iodine and seaweed
    Body
    full bodied and smokey
    Palate
    a haymaker of pleasant peat smoke, iodine and brine
    Finish
    a long, warm and smokey finish

    Not for everyone

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Medicinal
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Iodine, disgusting
    Finish
    Warm, bad aftertaste

    Not what I expected. Read great reviews but I was disappointed!!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Medicinal
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Iodine, disgusting
    Finish
    Warm, bad aftertaste

    Not what I expected. Read great reviews but I was disappointed!!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Whiplash

    9550/99
    Color
    golden, dark impressive
    Nose
    aromatic like most spirits, nice but nothing special for me
    Body
    Scotch, it is a thin liquid
    Palate
    definitely has some sophistication, peat and smoke are there along with some other stuff.
    Finish
    Nice long finish, pleasant

    Lagavulin 16 y.o. is supposed to be the holy grail but I prefer the Laphroig Quarter Cask and my all time favorite is Ardbeg Uigedahl. Hope you are enjoying a good dram of your choice !

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    pale amber
    Nose
    Rich peat, with a Smokey earth tone that tell your pallet what's to come
    Body
    A full filled body that pleases you in word can not describe
    Palate
    The second you taste it you taste the peat with a sweetness of flavor that you know you're having as scotch that has your name written all over it
    Finish
    Stays with you calling you to have another sip because you know your drinking nothing but the best

    If honey is the nector of the Gods, this has to be the next best thing

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Heavy smoke & peat smell
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    Strong lingering peat

    Best of all peaty scotch

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9650/99
    Color
    rich gold
    Nose
    Fresh Smokey campfire, with a hint of cinnamon.
    Body
    Light and smooth
    Palate
    Like smoking a cigar while smoking some ribs in the backyard on a hot summer day, with a small hint of spice that bites for just a second.
    Finish
    The finish is strong and Smokey with a lasting warmth down to your stomach.

    This is a real man's scotch with a smooth finish that lasts on your tongue. The maturation in an oak cask takes most of the sweetness away while letting you enjoy the Smokey rich clean flavor. This scotch will leave a fragrance that lasts hours in a room if left in a glass. This is a sophisticated, flavorful,Smokey, and smooth scotch that intrigues your taste buds. Enjoy with the boys, as woman may find it a bit overwhelming.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by James S. Biehnsen

    5050/99
    Color
    Nose
    Body
    Palate
    Finish

    I've tried numerous things people have told me are an acquired taste, but whether I liked them or not, at least I could understand what the manufacturer was going for. That's not the case here. I've read all the descriptions of "iodine" and "medicinal", but I swear, this vaults way past medicinal and right into industrial. This can't be what was intended.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5550/99
    Color
    dark amber
    Nose
    Overwhelming smoke and peat
    Body
    Oily, hard to allow to stay long on the pallet
    Palate
    Initial far too much smoke but mellows once swallowed.
    Finish
    A bit of rough but long lasting, only gets a rating above 50 because of the sweeting finish

    INitial reaction is too much peat, making it impossible or almost to savour. BUt the aftertaste almost compensates being rich and fruity. Not a whisky I enjoy, like drinking a disinfectant called Pinetarsol

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9350/99
    Color
    Glittering gold
    Nose
    Obscured nose, opens up with a drop of water, smoke, peat, a floral background, grass
    Body
    Thick, full bodied, creamy
    Palate
    Smoke, earth after rain, a touch of sea water, tea
    Finish
    Long as it gets for a 16 yo, a lasting warmth, comforting and delicious

    Worth every penny of its steep price,the best entry level malt from Islay. Considerably softer than its rivals. A most balanced masterpiece.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Smoke and peat
    Body
    Oily
    Palate
    Peat and dry smoke
    Finish
    Not hot at all. Medium long

    I have to say this is a great whisky. I wish they didn't chill-filter it and added colorant. It's a great whisky to have in your collection. Just a little over prized but I got mine at the duty free. I would like to see it at 46% abv

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by The Seeker

    9550/99
    Color
    My Glencairn nosing glass showed an almost green hue to the dark amber gold.
    Nose
    Massive peat grips you by the face then slaps you. The other reviews that describe the smell of Band Aids are spot-on. Lapsang Souchon tea. So much depth and intensity of aroma. Incredible on the olfactory senses.
    Body
    Full bodied and oily.
    Palate
    Peat overdose, smoke, iodine, sea salt, a hint of burnt fruit. Subtle sweetness hidden behind a thick veil of more peat and smoke. If you can handle its undiluted intensity you'll find a whiskey like few others. Did I mention peat and smoke?
    Finish
    The longest but most pleasing finish. Should you be foolish enough to over-indulge you'll still be tasting it the morning after, hopefully!

    The first Islay I tried. I feel it's best described as oily liquid smoke. Not cheap by any means but quite sublime. I once thought it was only bettered by Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Having returned to it I feel it's more subtle quality and smoothness over QC may give it the top spot. Incredible stuff.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Definitely Smoke and Peat but there's a sweetness of vanilla
    Body
    medium bodied
    Palate
    Smoke and peat first but then caramelized pears. The sweetness was surprising and nice
    Finish
    Very smooth with very little burn

    Very good starter islay whiskey as far as taste goes. I highly recommend this one.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9450/99
    Color
    My Glencairn nosing glass showed an almost green hue to the dark amber gold.
    Nose
    Massive peat grips you by the face then slaps you. The other reviews that describe the smell of Band Aids are spot-on. Lapsang Souchon tea. So much depth and intensity of aroma. Incredible on the olfactory senses.
    Body
    Full bodied and oily.
    Palate
    Peat overdose, smoke, iodine, sea salt, a hint of burnt fruit. Subtle sweetness hidden behind a thick veil of more peat and smoke. Water makes it easier on the senses but if you can handle its undiluted intensity you'll find a whiskey like few others. Did I mention peat and smoke?
    Finish
    The longest finish. Should you be foolish enough to over-indulge you'll still be tasting it the morning after.

    The first Islay I tried. As polarising and extreme a single malt as you'll find. I feel it's best described as oily liquid smoke. Not cheap by any means but quite sublime. Possibly only bettered by Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Honey
    Nose
    Starts heavy alcohol, but eases steadily to include many listed above. Give it time.
    Body
    Smooth, rich, buttery.
    Palate
    Read above
    Finish
    long and wonderful

    I was one of those who didn't respond favorably at first sip. But do your homework -- let it sit for a minute, give it a sprinkle of water and let it work its magic. I think plenty of others have made more artful descriptions of the Lag 16. To those of you who would be so crass about it, understand that the reason its my favorite bottle right now is all the things you claim it to be. If you want a lighter scotch, go to it, there are plenty of good ones. I'm drinking a dram now as I write and I would regret it if the Lag 16 were changed to meet your needs. Find your preference; leave my drink as is.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Mr Darcy

    9050/99
    Color
    Young sauternes
    Nose
    Oaky leaf smoke, Banana, Creamy citrus, Mowed grass.
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Warm peat, ashes, Flora, Sweet malt, Veggietable, Earthy soddy.
    Finish
    Warm balanced long thick smokey, oily / viscus slow finish.

    Islay grand standard

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Pale gold.
    Nose
    Vanilla.
    Body
    Light-medium.
    Palate
    Leather, peat and acid.
    Finish
    Tapered wormhole linger into gravel.

    Good drop, strange aftertaste. Bitterpeat.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Brandon Smith

    9550/99
    Color
    Golden amber
    Nose
    Heavy smoke and essence of the sea
    Body
    Rich and full bodied, slightly oily
    Palate
    Whisky aged near the ocean with intense smoke, salt, and medicinal overtones. Yet it's sweet and perfectly balanced.
    Finish
    A warm lasting finish that leaves a long sweet smoke on the palate. A bit spicy at first, but not overpowering.

    One of my favorite Islay's. Very intense, yet smokey and smooth. Not a whisky for beginners. You don't have to like it, but appreciate the complexity of this unforgetable scotch.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Peat, wood & leather
    Body
    Smooth peat, almost muddy chocolate, just beautiful
    Palate
    Yum
    Finish
    Long and delicious, even for a non-peat drinker it's amazing finish

    I'm more of a smooth Speyside guy,and just bought this beauty for my wife who lives peaty Scotch. Even though it's beautifully peaty with a surprising sweetness to it, i love it. It's quite an exception for an off the shelf scotch. It's a keeper ( unfortunately not for too long)

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    Golden Amber
    Nose
    Peat and smoke balanced with spicey overtones
    Body
    Some sweetness blooms when held in the mouth, balances well with the peaty nose.
    Palate
    Smokey and nutty, surprisingly somewhat sweet.
    Finish
    Balanced finish leaves a great taste behind.

    Fantastic, excellent balance between the strong peat/smoke and complex spices. Great lingering finish.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by AndyLondon

    9550/99
    Color
    Dark and rich
    Nose
    Heavy smoke and peat.
    Body
    Smooth.
    Palate
    Smoke and spice. A short sweet note.
    Finish
    A long finish. Smoke.

    An exceptional Islay whisky with a complex flavour.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9650/99
    Color
    Golden amber.
    Nose
    Peat, smoke, iodine, some vanilla and wood shavings.
    Body
    Full body and a bit oily
    Palate
    Dark caramel, cacao, more Peat.
    Finish
    A long finish, like a campfire that dies down to a smoldering. Very nice

    An excellent dram, it's a keeper. Had to give a few points extra (would rate it 92 overall), because of the little kids that gave this excellent scotch only 50 points, I guess it's something for the men among whisky drinkers, not the boys...

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    peat smoke sea salt and sherry
    Body
    full
    Palate
    big attack intense sokey dryness quickly followed with sherry sweetness then mellowing to a fine balance of salty sea air and grasses
    Finish
    a nice long hit of islay peat

    a whisky site with a resident troll,, i guess they are everywhere now, anyway as always this is a top flight whisky definitely one of the best available today

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5950/99
    Color
    E150
    Nose
    Smoke, heavy smoke, nauseating smoke cover up its redeemable qualities. Blech, I plug my nose on this one.
    Body
    At 43abv it lacks the creaminess of a non chill filtered whisky. Maybe cask strength would improve this.
    Palate
    So overwhelmed by carbon based carcinogens, I swallow quickly.
    Finish
    My mouth will taste like shit in the morning. Where's my Balvenie?

    Smokey. No place a speyside lover should go. $60 at Costco? I guess that why this is my 2nd and last bottle.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Edmund Cheung

    9550/99
    Color
    Dark Copper Bronze +1
    Nose
    Smoke, peat, Fine Cigar Ash, Dry Sage, floral bundle, dry fig, Warn Leather like a comfortable Couch or Baseball Mitt. Perhaps hints of dark Brown sugar and Maple Syrup.
    Body
    Full whole mouth and tongue comforting feeling. Creamy raisin Bread Pudding feel covering with white pepper and fine ash.
    Palate
    Extremely smooth. Smoke and Peat like a very fine misty Cigar smoke before making O rings. Mild Maple and toffee and Hazelnut coffee sweetness. Smooth soft leather with dash of white pepper. Hints of flora, vanilla, and dash of salt.
    Finish
    Wow smoothness lasts more than 40 seconds with transitions to creamy smoke and leather and dried figs. Still has finish 10 minutes later with NO reflux or burn.

    WOW Gunsmoke and a fine cigar is the summary. Everyone has to judge a whiskey by this merits and quality and NOT necessarily by its flavors and smells. All Whiskeys should have their distinct characteristics and Lagavulin definitely has its own Polar richness and body. If you do not like Smoky and Peaty Whiskey, then do NOT review this one unless you can be objective in evaluating its intrinsic qualities = Rich Smoke, peat and smoothness.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    heavy smoke
    Body
    silky smooth
    Palate
    absolutely a beautiful sea salt and wonderful peat flavor reminding you of Scotland
    Finish
    Warm and lasting finish

    Hey moron, don't drink Grey Flannel cologne...

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Peat, sea breeze
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    Delicious peat, seaweed,slight vanilla, smoke
    Finish
    A nice, long finish, as any Islay should have.

    This is a wonderful Islay. It seems as though every negative review has come from someone that had no idea what they were getting into in trying an Islay scotch. They aren't for everyone, but this is an exceptional whisky.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    lapsang souchong, smoke, some peat, old sherry
    Body
    medium bodied
    Palate
    smoke, sultanas, mild peat, some salt, bit oily, well balenced, sweet sherry, some lemon zest
    Finish
    caramel, sherry, smoke, mild pepper

    well balenced but lacking definition, it seems a little bland and too sweet ... def not worth $90! ... it would be interesting to see how it would turn out if it were aged in bourbon barrels

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    medium Amber
    Nose
    Orange peels
    Body
    medium and round
    Palate
    peat-o-rama!
    Finish
    consistant and long finish. No bite

    Like drinking a campfire (in a good way!)

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    Gold
    Nose
    Sharp iodine smell
    Body
    Full bodied, thick
    Palate
    A bit peaty with medicinal taste
    Finish
    Long finish, spicy at back of throat and warms you quite a while

    Don't get as strong a taste of raw alcohol as the Laphroaig. I don't mind either brands.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Spittoon
    Body
    Mouth full of Copenhagen
    Palate
    Tastes like you drank a spittoon
    Finish
    Never goes away...

    Have a friend fill his/her mouth with chewing tobacco. Now have your friend spit into your mouth. That's what this tastes like. Easily the worst single malt I've tasted to date.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Hambone

    9650/99
    Color
    Light mahogany
    Nose
    Iodine; smoke; forest floor
    Body
    Oily; thick
    Palate
    Heavy peat; salty
    Finish
    Extremely long; unforgettable

    Breathtaking

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Dark
    Nose
    Just what you would expect from a good Islay whiskey
    Body
    See "Nose".
    Palate
    See "Body".
    Finish
    Nice, long finish - not as long as Laphroaig 10, but then these are different flavors as well. Someone said the finish is "way too long", well if it's a good whiskey, it should be.

    IMO Lagavulin has a unique flavor among Islay products which makes it worthwhile to be on my shelf.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Peaty
    Body
    Surprisingly smooth
    Palate
    Combination of peat with lighter fruity undertones
    Finish
    Leaves my mouth feeling invigorated. The aftertaste is less smokey, but similarly rich

    My favorite scotch whiskey. Smooth and smokey

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    nice amber color
    Nose
    smells like stale cigarette smoke.
    Body
    overwhelming.
    Palate
    old burnt iodine
    Finish
    way too long.

    Taste like drinking an ashtray, and taste stays with you way too long. Very disappointed.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7750/99
    Color
    walnut
    Nose
    Ashtray, heavy smoke
    Body
    thick and consistent
    Palate
    Strange balance of smoke and mainstream Scotch whiskey
    Finish
    Sweetness prevails

    It taste like Johnny Walker Black mixed with cigar ashes, no peat, no resemblance with Laphroaig at all. Balance of flavors is very strange. Grossly overpriced.The 16 years maturation is probably the reason for the price.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9650/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Smoke
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Peaty
    Finish
    Long
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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7250/99
    Color
    Perfect Amber
    Nose
    Nothing really but a faint smoke.
    Body
    Oily and thick, coats the tongue.
    Palate
    Definite smoke, but not much else. Unlike cheap Islay I've had where it's huge smoke and then a nasty, alchol taste this is just smoke.
    Finish
    The smoke is still there, and you don't feel the liquor the way you do with some others. Entirely too smooth for my taste. If I wanted an Irish whiskey I'd have bought one.

    You know, I can understand why people like it but I don't care for it. Too smooth for my tastes, I like my scotch with a more kick.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9850/99
    Color
    Rich amber with dark tones
    Nose
    very earthy with unique peat that first overwhelms then sooths the palate lasting a long time
    Body
    full body
    Palate
    smokey aroma followed by a slaty peat that turns to a long lasting pepper taste that stays with the palate
    Finish
    long tangy finsh that is somewhat hot

    Absolutely the best gentlemans scoth on the market. must be taken with a heavy cigar and one ice cube to release the maximum flavor. Enhances the flavor of a grilled steak or great cigar.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    vanilla, classic peatiness, oh so sophisticated and pungent at the same time. glorius!
    Body
    oily oily oily, thick and gracious. beautiful.
    Palate
    vanilla, peat, medicinal something or other and citrus. oh so classy!
    Finish
    way longer than me

    p.s. i'm giving it a 99 to offset the mental midget who gave it a 50 (3 times)

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    smells like booze
    Palate
    Grey Flannel cologne
    Finish
    long

    This consistently tastes like Grey Flannel cologne to me.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Wulf

    9650/99
    Color
    Golden-amber
    Nose
    Challenges the drinker with a heavy smoke, but with a hint of sweet undertones and clandestine complexity.
    Body
    Bold, slightly oily, and full-bodied.
    Palate
    Intrepid and distinguished with a strong and direct peat and malt flavors, yet with subtle sweetness of toffee and sherry. Unabashed. Unapologetic. Unrelenting.
    Finish
    Long and smooth. Maintains the smokey flavor while still malty and sweet. Simple, but elegant.

    Lagavulin 16 is a quintessential Islay scotch that is not for the faint of heart.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9450/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    heavy smoke, hospital smell
    Body
    thick
    Palate
    Iodine and peat
    Finish
    definately a very long finish

    Classy and Refined. Definately intend to keep a bottle in my collection

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Ephnright

    9950/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Peat
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    Heavy peat but very smooth. Even my wife likes it. She calls it liquid smoke light.
    Finish
    Heaven in a bottle. You're sad when it's over.

    My favorite single malt, hands down. It's $110/bottle here. It's usually my fathers day present.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Steven Burvenich

    9550/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    Islay: sea, salt, grass. A Pepper mix blended in. classic Vanilla.
    Body
    Full body
    Palate
    Peat, sweet salt, vanilla, sweetsour burn building up, pepper. Burning its main taste to the top.
    Finish
    After burning it's taste back to your nose, the finish stays there. Afterburning. Yummy !!!

    the best Islay Classic for me. balanced yet pronounced. Character. Sweet smoke yet burning. Campfire and furnace. What a dram.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by ScottyB

    9250/99
    Color
    Golden amber, e150 probably.
    Nose
    Lovely smoke, like a just doused campfire. Phenols, seawater, vanilla, black pepper, white pepper.
    Body
    Medium-full, Viscous, Lightly syrupy.
    Palate
    Peat smoke, Seawater, Phenols, Vanilla, a touch of Green apple.
    Finish
    Ridiculously long, peppery, numbing due to the phenols. Smoke and salt hang around forever.

    I really didn't like the Ardbeg 10, but this is so much more balanced. There's a ton of peat characteristics you would expect form an Islay, but it's so much more complex than the other offerings I've had from the island. There's a real development from nose to palate to finish. I'm mostly into Highland and Speyside malts, but this is so good it may actually be my new favorite. Highly recommended.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Body
    oily
    Palate
    Burnt rubber, cough syrup, metallic, leather.
    Finish
    Leaves my mouth feeling assaulted, taste buds somewhat in shock. Couldn't finish the measure I poured. Definitely an acquired taste, one that I won't pursue. But one that is nevertheless deeply layered and extremely complex.
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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9650/99
    Color
    Nice amber, gold.
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, bbq
    Body
    Full body instantly brings happy thoughts of early hiking trips and campfires with burned meat and stories of the past.
    Palate
    Peat, wood, a touch of vanilla wit a touch of sweetness.
    Finish
    Nice long finish, not annoying to your throat. I guess, reading some of the reviews, this is not a drink for 'beginners'. Definitely one of my favorites!

    Wow, clearly a whiskey with an identity that you'll love or hate. I love it!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Burning Rubber, Cough Syrup, Hospital Smell, BBQ Brisket
    Body
    Smooth and rich
    Palate
    Bitter Melon, fresh laid asphalt,
    Finish
    Long, Strong, and draws attention from nearby people AND animals.
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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Peat, Peat, Peat, Peat...did I mention Peat? And why would this ever be a good thing?
    Body
    Painful
    Palate
    A kodiak bearhug ripping you to shreds, tongue first of peat.
    Finish
    Thank God!

    A lovely single malt for anyone who likes to have a big mossy mouthful of dirt that pickles the tongue and destroys the palate. No smoke, all peat...so horribly overrated. Didn't the peat bogs preserve bodies for thousands of years? Maybe that is the motivation for this atrocity.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Deep, earthy peat smoke that is not overpowering, medicinal iodine with faint vanilla in the background. Reminds me of the seashore on a cloudy Autumn afternoon. Beautiful!
    Body
    Medium to full body. Wonderful mouth feel, slightly oily.
    Palate
    Peat smoke up front, followed with medicinal iodine and brine, and subdued sherry in the background.
    Finish
    Medium to long finish, smooth as glass, very well balanced, with a sweet ending.

    My first love in single malt scotch. A true classic.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Burns

    9650/99
    Color
    Deep amber
    Nose
    Peat smoke and honey with a touch of citrus. Inviting.
    Body
    Oily, soft. Coats your mouth.
    Palate
    Peat up front, creme brulee and a touch of honeyed molasses. Smoke like Soochong tea.
    Finish
    Long and dry, full of smoke. Doesn't let you forget her.

    The love of my life. There isn't a spirit around I'd rather spend an evening with. there are really no flaws in this.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Darker than most
    Nose
    Rancid band aids. Hospitals
    Body
    Thick, oily
    Palate
    Iodine
    Finish
    Thank god

    Never want to taste or smell this again. Overdone in a big way.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Copper / rich amber
    Nose
    Sea tang, iodine, smoke, peat.
    Body
    medium
    Palate
    Iodine, salt, peat are the main impressions. There's a touch of honey in there somewhere. Fairly smooth without the sharp bitey tastes of some other whiskies.
    Finish
    Long distinctive finish leaving you breathing smoke and phenols.

    This was the Scotch that got me into single malts. Wonderful, amazing stuff.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    Copper
    Nose
    Walnut, wood.
    Body
    Of medium viscosity, between water and oil.
    Palate
    Salt, iodine, leather.
    Finish
    Very little afterburn, and warm resonance that lingers.

    A very satisfying whisky with loads of character (still trying to work out all the tastes) without being based solely on overpeatiness.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Slick

    8950/99
    Color
    amber, tobacco steeped brown
    Nose
    heavy peat, earthy, thick and dank, iodine
    Body
    thin, crisp, light
    Palate
    huge peat, sophisticated medicinal
    Finish
    long, warm and hairy, it fumes

    hard to beat!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Deep golden honey
    Nose
    Peat
    Body
    Some lovehandles but not too heavy
    Palate
    Medium peat to heavy sweet
    Finish
    Godzilla fire

    Entry level bliss

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8750/99
    Color
    Deep gold
    Nose
    Peat, salt, smoke
    Body
    Light body, not oily or creamy
    Palate
    Slate, cacao, tabacco, hint of iodine
    Finish
    Medium finish, ends dry and quiet with more granite and slate

    A bit austere; not at all sweet. A nice changeup from sweet Highlands scotch. Not as peaty as Laphroiag, which I liken to Anbesol.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Earth and granite. Some peat evident
    Body
    Full and earthy
    Palate
    warm, stony, and natural
    Finish
    A long finish, reminds me of a nice cigar.

    Smoky and refined, I always come back to this!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Madcow

    9650/99
    Palate
    A complexity of flavors matched well but not over powered by the Peat.
    Finish
    Satisfying

    By far my Favorite scotch. It has amazing Balance of flavors with many subtle flavors that just make this a home run.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by RickyRuffcutt

    9050/99
    Color
    Dark honey
    Nose
    Smokey, sea notes...something in there reminds you of bacon as well.
    Body
    A bit creamy, medium body.
    Palate
    Smoke, Sea salt, peat, hints of dark chocolate, ash....very very slight orange peel flavor
    Finish
    Warm, spicy, medium to long.

    This is just at the point of being great. As usual with great things, people will either love it or hate it. This whisky leaves no room for those with weak opinions.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Whiskychugger

    8950/99
    Color
    desert camel
    Nose
    slithers of tropical kiwi with subtle scent of soy sauce
    Body
    the thickness of full cream milk and marshmallow with a crispy potato crunch
    Palate
    slightly eggy with a malt vinagerette infused with a lively kick of rice crispies
    Finish
    bubbly - much lke fairy liquid - a complete whisky not for the faint hearted but will certainly have you wanting more

    A truly tantalising experience which tickled all my senses

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Dmessmer

    8850/99
    Color
    Gold with touches of red. Really striking.
    Nose
    Sweat and a hint fruity. Really announces itself.
    Body
    Coating and smooth.
    Palate
    I definitely agree with everyone who has mentioned dark chocolate, that is the overwhelming flavor I get every time. Also hints of orange and a mild smokiness.
    Finish
    This is where the smoke becomes most noticeable, though it's still not the full on attack of a Laphroaig or Ardbeg. Finishes very quickly and very cleanly.

    Not at all what I was expecting, but delightful nonetheless. Despite its peatiness it still has a subtle refinement. This is definitely a desert Scotch for me, and one that I'm still figuring out. I don't know if this would become my go-to Scotch, but I'll certainly be sad when I finish the bottle.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Papa Whisky

    9050/99
    Color
    Deep satin sheen gold
    Nose
    Lightly fruity and floral, the smoke and peat lurks around but is kept under control, slightly medicinal not like smelling a band-aide itself, but like a handful of band-aide wrappers, sea air (but from a distance).
    Body
    Medium-full, light oil
    Palate
    Similar to the nose, it starts out fruity and floral, dark chocolate, smoked/dried squid, then the peat and smoke emerges to join the festivities, tiny essence of medicine, more smoke and peat, hints of salt.
    Finish
    Long , warm, and wonderful.

    Wow, what a wonder whisky. The nose pretty much shows up in the palate except for the first half of my first dram where dark chocolate was evident, but was replaced by smoked/dried squid for the subsequent tasting (amazing). This whisky is intricate, flavorful, and alluring. Did I mention scrumptious? I’m definitely a fan.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Eye-lah Guy

    9650/99
    Color
    Heavy amber in the glass
    Nose
    Sea salt and hospital iodine, significant as one might end up in urgent care if not prepared for Lagavulin; peat lurks none-too-subtly behind the curtain
    Body
    Thick, oily, demanding
    Palate
    Piles of up-front peat and smoke naturally dissipate into fresh coastal spray of iodine and seaweed, with a wink of mocha and dried fruit. This is balance and complexity at its summit!
    Finish
    Finish: A lasting crash of warm, smoky peat and black oak hit like a hapless dinghy against the jagged island rock. As on the salty coast, the desire to repeat the natural order is reflected in the adventure of the next pull of this unparalleled dram. Each subsequent experience is as exquisitely revealing as the first.

    Everything an Islay should be; unabashedly oily and in your face, yet stealthily effective in its ability to masque subtle undertones amidst the spectacle with unparalleled complexity. Kicks your ever-loving ass to the canvass, and yet you rise up for more; stronger and wiser for the beating. Yeah, this is the best Scotch whisky.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Golden
    Nose
    Smoke and peat, followed by salt, and balanced with a hint of banana, liqourice, and caramel. A hint of vanila and wood lingers in the background
    Body
    Full bodied. Creamy.
    Palate
    Smoke and peat, with chrismas pudding, sticky date pudding, and banana bread coming though, balanced by nuts, charcoal, and woodfired pizza.
    Finish
    Long, strong, and elegant, it coats your mouth and throat in peat as it goes down, warming your body from the inside out.

    The most balanced and elegant whisky i have ever tried, and prehaps it is the most elegant islay of them all. Im a sucker for islay scotches and this is no exception. Gets a 92 so i have room for even better whiskys i may yet come across. Im barely 21.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    Tea
    Nose
    Like a guy named Pete smoking a cigar
    Body
    Liquid, moves around the glass
    Palate
    Burns my mouth for the first 3 or 4 glasses
    Finish
    It lasts as long as it takes to drink it

    The World's best Flavored Scotch !

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Gold to amber
    Nose
    Peat and dried apricots.
    Body
    Smooth, full bodied
    Palate
    Smoky peat and unsweetened apricots
    Finish
    Very long finish, and strong to the end

    Excellent

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Chief

    9850/99
    Color
    Beautiful!
    Nose
    Sea, peat
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Peat & sweet, the sea
    Finish
    Forever

    BY far and away, my favorite dram. All others are ranked apart from it's lofty perch.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Smilin' Peat

    9050/99
    Color
    Maple syrup.
    Nose
    Smoke and burnt sugar. Seaspray. Nothing harsh. You do not need an experienced nose to appreciate this Islay.
    Body
    Rich and unctuous. A blanket for the tongue.
    Palate
    Complements the nose completely. No surprises. Positively juicy with pipe tobacco, vanilla, aromatic honey and a touch of the sea.
    Finish
    Melts into you like the hands of a great masseuse.

    Hands down the best "affordable" Islay I've tasted. It beats 'em all with a trifecta of colour, body and nose. A bit pricey, but just plain worth it. Michael Jackson's rating is spot on!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Drunk&dangerous

    9050/99
    Color
    bit darker amber
    Nose
    medium smoke, rich pattern of fruits. smell palette mixing up perfectly. best "smelling" whisky i have ever had.
    Body
    oily, thick.
    Palate
    smoke, fruity, a bit of "horse sweat" along. would expect a bit more from the gorgeus smell, but still very good.
    Finish
    smooth and long lasting.

    my absolute favorite scotch in it's price range. exceptional smell.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Insinuendo

    8750/99
    Color
    Bronze.
    Nose
    On the nose, smoke is prominent. There are hints of smoked bacon and maple. The smoke is that of a campire, and hot embers with a hint of sweetness.
    Body
    A full bodied big boy!
    Palate
    The mouthfeel is decadent. It is rich and creamy and sweet on the very tip of the tongue. On the mid-palate, its complexities develop into dry leaves, fresh ashes, tobacco, clove and black and white pepper.
    Finish
    The finish is lengthy and warm… “Takes out the fire, but leaves in the warmth.”

    Right off the bat, this bottle seduced me with its beautiful bronze robe. The elegance is obvious and luxurious.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    dark caramel
    Nose
    Sherry releasing peat smoke, iodine.
    Body
    Oily and substantial
    Palate
    Powerful peat smoke rising to sea air/seaweed
    Finish
    Big peat finish
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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8850/99
    Color
    Copper
    Nose
    very complex, at times peaty smokey camp fire like other times sweet slight vanilla
    Body
    medium
    Palate
    also complex, campfire, little spicy earthy/peaty/smokey other times sweet, smoked walnuts and toffe
    Finish
    medium long

    This replaces my previous review which I scored it a 50. At first reminded me of Talisker with the fish/oyster taste. Do not go off of first dram. A very good winter malt that grows on one. Excellent winter whisky.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Dark amber
    Nose
    Water that had dead or alive fish
    Body
    thin
    Palate
    like drinking water that had fish swimming in
    Finish
    extremely long

    I find it very hard to believe any one likes this whisky. It has NO SMOKE taste or smell. I love smokey tasting single malts but this is like drinking water that had dead fish swimming in it.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Peat, smoke, salt water, citrus
    Body
    Full, bold
    Palate
    Extremely salty, heavy peat
    Finish
    Long salty finish

    I liked everything about this scotch except for the fact that, to my palate, it tasted like someone took half a sprinkler bottle of salt and poured it into my dram....way to salty for me. I'll stick with Laphroaig and Arbdeg.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by YAK

    9650/99
    Color
    Dark amber
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, Campfire
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    smoke
    Finish
    warm smoke finish

    This is one of my favorite bottles of scotch!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Adder

    9450/99
    Color
    Deep Amber
    Nose
    Citrus, smoke and something deep I can't quite get
    Body
    Full bodied, thick , heavy, creamy
    Palate
    Smokey honey and dark chocolate
    Finish
    Long long long finish, honey and citrus again fading slowly

    I'm a Islay fan and tried this because bottle shop was out of my usual Lagavulin 16yo..I am amazed, so much flavour in a non Islay malt!

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Rowey

    9150/99
    Color
    Golden
    Nose
    Peat, medicinal iodine, coal, smoke, wood, salt.
    Body
    Soft, slightly oily.
    Palate
    Salt, peat, iodine, pawpaw and smoke, Politely understated.
    Finish
    Long, smokey and earthy.

    Beautifully balanced and elegant. The gentleman of Islay malts.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Light honey
    Nose
    Hospital bandaging
    Palate
    Smoke, iodine and band-aids. Then more iodine.
    Finish
    Iodine, iodine and iodine

    IODINE. A smooth but powerful whiskey that will be adored by anyone with a strong penchant for hospitals. Personally, I don't get the attraction, and could live long and quite happily without ever crossing paths with this distillate again.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Dark, golden
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, almost a beacon note
    Body
    full bodied
    Palate
    peat, smoke, nuts.
    Finish
    Finish is strong and unique.

    I tried this for the first time a few weeks ago, now i have bought a bottle. It definately is not an everyday scotch. Interesting change, love the heavy smoke.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by ColoradoDram

    9350/99
    Color
    Medium-dark amber, some orange.
    Nose
    Balanced fruit and floral spray, ocean mist, a milder vanilla-Listerine, a slightly burnt cinammon bagel in the toaster.
    Body
    A gorgeous silky bath of oil, full bodied.
    Palate
    Iodine, sweet cough syrup, peat smoke, peppery wam kick, buttery toffee later in the dram.
    Finish
    Very smooth - no attack if you drink this neat. Medium warm but pretty long, a nice peppery end and salty dry aftertaste.

    This is a complex flavor-rich Islay if ever there was one. The medicine and peat smoke build and build, but enough sweet and salt persist to keep balance. I love it.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Ken

    9050/99
    Color
    medium amber
    Nose
    rose, ginger, Mandarin orange
    Body
    Medium body to light
    Palate
    Sweet to start, slightly fruity slightly tending to citrus - orange in particular
    Finish
    smooth, not biting, lasting memory

    I generally like Islay but I personally find this to be a GREAT appartif, EXCELLENT aroma and smoothness, single malt though it be, on the order of Chivas, and MUCH better buy at less than $20! I shall return to this one time again, IF consistent will HIGHLY recommend

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Prosper

    7050/99
    Color
    golden
    Nose
    iodine, salt, wood smoke, peat.
    Body
    medium, slightly-watery body, strong, punchy flavor intensity
    Palate
    salty, peaty punch. very dry. hints of smoke; slight iodine
    Finish
    Hot, dry finish. What tiny little maltiness there is quickly fades, leaving a dry smoky burn.

    Not my thing. I don't like the balance of flavours. For a 16yo, it seems a bit harsh still. For a nice smoky islay blast, I'll stick to Laphroaig and Talisker.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Red Hare

    8450/99
    Color
    Amber gold
    Nose
    Smoke, peat, heather, honey, salt, iodine. Faint hint of apricots
    Body
    Watery round the edges, oily in the middle
    Palate
    Salty and tangy. Lemony. Intense smoke, little sparks of sherry and vanilla.
    Finish
    Long and lingering. Burst of sherry and vanilla, quickly fades to smoke all the way to the end.

    Not as aggressive as Laphroaig. Very drinkable. Tastes like a smoky Speyside would.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Eddie

    9550/99
    Color
    Amber, Dark Gold
    Nose
    Burnt Wood, Peat and Salt Air
    Body
    Full, Rich and Syrupy
    Palate
    Sweet, Dry, Peat, Salt,Oily and some Smoke. This one had a lot going for it. Sip after sip it seemed to have a different flavor show up. I liked it.
    Finish
    Long Sweet and a little smoky, Peat and Malt stayed a while and tasted very good

    This is probably the best Islay I have had, It impressed me a lot. Now I'am tasting a little Licorice.

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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Saul

    8050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Iodine, Sweet, Peat, Smokey
    Body
    Thick and swishy, Full bodied
    Palate
    Salt, Tangy, Logs of peat, Balanced
    Finish
    Long, Powerful, but gentle
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    Lagavulin 16 Year Old
    Review by Rich

    8950/99
    Nose
    Here is the smoke, and the gentle malt underneath. Powerful, even at a low alcohol percentage it is hard to breath in too deeply without being overwhelmed.
    Palate
    Dry at points, smoke, the malty sweetness comes and goes.
    Finish
    Long and rolling peat, but perhaps shorter than I remmember it.

    This was the 2005 version, which scored a couple of points less than before. A bit thinner than in the past few years, or is it me? Still wonderful.

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