Lagavulin 16 Year

Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

3.0 out of 5 stars
When I started my whiskey journey, this was the first bottle over 50$ that I purchased. I have since become a peat head and have enjoyed the hell out of anything that smells like decaying algae, laphroiag being my favorite islay distillery. I come back to review this after more experience under my belt and a total of 40 different bottles I’ve tried (I know, I’m still a baby)...but let’s go. Nose: the peat on here isn’t as dominant as I remember. Small whiffs give me the peat I remember. Some sea life like smells, shellfish. Cheesy, sweet dark over ripe plum, prune, smoked meats slathered in brown sugar. Musty peaches, light zest Palate: mild compared to the other peat bottlings I own. Ginger, and fish sauce, Cigar smoke, oak, vegetal, fish tank water. Slight vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, plasticy finish. Not quite the great bottle that I remember. While the 16yr bottling draws attention, there are younger islay peats that I’d prefer that give me a peat bomb yet still delivers on the sweet flavors. That’s a ride I like to go on. I do have it disclaimer that I had some laphroiag at cask strength right before this which may have messed with my flavor profile. Overall, good dram. Not one I’m pining after though.