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The definitive Islay malt—intensely flavoured, smoky and rich. The windswept Isle of Islay instils a strength of character into everything it produces and its here, nestled in a small bay that our beloved whisky has been made for over 200 years.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl 43%
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Aged in oak casks for at least sixteen years, with massive peat-smoke but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.

Serving Suggestion: 
Best enjoyed from a traditional whisky glass, neat or with a little still water. Room-temperature water can bring out the hidden aromas and flavours of the whisky, making it more mellow and easy to drink.

Region A roaring bonfire from the coast of Islay.
Appearance Deep amber gold.
Body Full, rich bodied.
Nose Intensely flavoured, peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness.
Palate Dry peat smoke fills the palate with a gentle but strong sweetness, followed by sea and salt with touches of wood.
Finish A long, elegant peat-filled finish with lots of salt and seaweed.

Awards

Don't just take our word for it...
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 97 Points 2018
International Spirits Challenge Silver 2008
International Spirits Challenge Gold 2009-2010, 2013-2015, 2018
International Spirits Challenge Gold (Best in Class) 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold (Best in Class) 2007-2009
San FransiscoWorld Spirits Competition Double Gold 2003-2008, 2011, 2013-2018
The Scotch Whisky Masters Gold 2012
The Scotch Whisky Masters Master 2009 & 2011, 2014
World Whiskies Awards Best Single Malt Islay - 13 years & over 2000,2001,2003, 2009
Ultimate Spirits Challenge 97 Points 2018
International Spirits Challenge Silver 2008
International Spirits Challenge Gold 2009-2010, 2013-2015, 2018
International Spirits Challenge Gold (Best in Class) 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold (Best in Class) 2007-2009
San FransiscoWorld Spirits Competition Double Gold 2003-2008, 2011, 2013-2018
The Scotch Whisky Masters Gold 2012
The Scotch Whisky Masters Master 2009 & 2011, 2014
World Whiskies Awards Best Single Malt Islay - 13 years & over 2000,2001,2003, 2009

Expert Reviews

Insights from some of the best in the business

The best nose so far, seaweed, salt, cherry. What a comfort whisky for that miserable cold day, gently lingering with a gentle drying but the flavours keep coming back. Fantastic!

Sukhinder Singh 2011, Whisky Magazine, Issue 95, p.103

Rich, chewy, slightly oily texture. Deep peat, thicks smoke, iodine, brine, charcoal, seaweed, tea (Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong), and the aromas of a summer barbeque. Vanilla and light caramel soften the intensity, while subtle citrus fruit teases. Powerful, yet polished and seamless. After all these years, this whisky is still one of the finest standard-issue peaty, smoky whiskies!

John Hansell, 2011, The Whisky Advocate Fall 2011, p.96

The smoke hides behind dried oak tree bark and sultanas and the palate with a flavour of cherry drop sweets and black tea.

Joel Harrison 2012, Whisky Magazine, Issue 103, p.103

A true classic in every sense that offers breathtaking depth.

Jim Murray 1999, Whisky Magazine, Issue 6

Lagavulin is a classic example of how smoke isn’t a blunt instrument that covers everything in a fog, but an element that works with all the flavors produced in distillation and maturation. Lagavulin isn’t ‘smoky,’ its peat moves into a weird territory of Lapsang Souchong tea and pipe tobacco, fishboxes and kippers. It smells of laurel and light cereal, but is always sweet. The palate shows more creosote, with hints of kelp and a little touch of iodine. Complex.

Dave Broom, 2012, The Whisky Advocate Summer 2012

A monster truck nose with rich smoke, lychee and unripe pear, with prickly smoke and banana skin notes on the palate, and a superb long dark chocolate and smoky finish.

Dominic Roskrow, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.149