If you’re a whisky connoisseur or aspiring to be one, you need to make a permanent spot for the Lagavulin 16 in your bar!
Back when I was introduced to the world of single malts, this was one of the first few on my list. And one that has managed to stay on the list. A classic of the malts of Scotland, it originates from the Isle of Islay which is known for its distinct smoky whiskies and this one, in particular, is much older than the drams from the adjacent distilleries. I always make sure to bring out this one when I’m entertaining anyone at home or sitting down to unwind.
On the nose
A powerful smoky nose, to the extent that you can smell the smokiness of the cork, as you uncork a fresh bottle. The complex smoky notes fade away to reveal a subtle sweetness.
In my mouth
You can outrightly taste the peaty smoke flavour on your tongue because of the intense nose. Soft notes of sweetness, salt, and oak add a great depth of flavour to this single malt. While I loved the complex flavour palate, I know a lot of people who do not enjoy this as much, so you might want to stay away from this one if you don’t prefer smoky whiskies.
The sea notes fade away and to reveal a bit of saltiness at the back, definitely a single malt for the discerning drinkers.
In a line
Put this peaty whisky at the top of your list. And for those who are still new to whisky – this may not be the best place to start as it is one of the smokiest single malts I have tried.