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Whisky Advocate’s #6 whisky of the summer issue

May 19th, 2012

Lagavulin 16 year old, 43%, $90

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

Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 92

9 Responses to “Whisky Advocate’s #6 whisky of the summer issue”

  1. Josh West says:

    Its amazing how much the price has gone up in just a few years.

  2. It’s like sitting at a bonfire next to the Atlantic ocean on a warm summer night! Beautiful isn’t it, worth the extra $$$.

  3. Joshua says:

    I actually just picked up a bottle after reading all this information about this whisky and its reviews. It was pricey though!

    • It is a bit pricey, but it’s perfect as a “special” dram especially if you want to share it with someone. One of the best Islay whiskies going! Of the whiskies I have in my collection, I love sharing this one with my father in law (he’s a fantastic father in law 🙂

  4. M Lange says:

    The first whisky in these posts that I could actually buy!

  5. Jim Curr says:

    In Ontario the price for this is around $130 Can. However, it is certainly a fabulous Whisky at any price. We all like to hunt for “bargains”, special Whiskys that we love and are inexpensive too. Sometimes however, you just have to put your money down and bear it! Lagavulin 16 is just that special.
    No whisky lover’s kit is complete without it.
    It was a favouite of “The Unofficial Lakehead University Faculty of Education Water of Life Society 2009/10”. Thank you.

  6. Jobi says:

    It’s good to see this review. Like many others I noticed a drop-off in quality for the Laga 16 in recent years. I hope it’s on its way back to becoming the grande dame of whiskies.

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