Whisky Advocate’s #6 whisky of the summer issueMay 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
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