Hello again everyone,
Quite a famous one to review today, it's the Lagavulin 16yo.
I'll be the first to say this isn't my favourite malt. I like Lagavulin but I always found the 16 quite flat. But I'd never had it from a proper glass.
Well, how can you judge something you've never even tried properly?!
True. So I did. And I found it a lot better. I think it is also the batch, because I found the new one very different. I've included both sets of notes.
Lagavulin 16 43%
Tasted on 2 separate occasions (but same bottle) in late 2014 from a tumbler
Nose: Lots of classic Islay peat smoke with chocolatey malt, some hay and grass, wood smoke, woody spice, burnt oak, soft fruit- Apple and lemon.
Taste: Soft and light. Malty chocolate, smoky barley sugar, soft peat smoke, quite fruity- Apple with developing citrus- Lemon. Then more smoke develops with burnt oak, burning hay and grass, bonfire.
Finish: Short length. Smoky notes fade very quickly leaving a hint of salt.
Tasted early 2016 from a Glencairn
Nose: Medium. Fruit and smoke. Some lemon and lime citrus.
Taste: Very smoky and sooty, ash, Lapsang tea, some fruit, then more citrus. Oily and full. Not sure how I found the other batch light, this is pretty full on.
Finish: Long length. Citrus, lime, peat.
Same Mark as the new 8yo, Lg5 and Cask Islay.
I'll admit it's a good whisky. But for £50 I'd prefer an Ardbeg. Although, I'm always very tempted by the price in France, which I've seen at £35.
Score Average: 75.6
Best Score: 91
Worst Score: 44
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good