Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tasting: Lagavulin 16

This review has been a long time coming, and I have been postponing it, over and over again, but now it’s finally time to take the bull by its horn, and face the music.

What I’m about to review, is an absolutely fan favorite, and a holy cow among Scotch lovers. Too much have already been said and written about this whisky, so I really think there’s no more to add.
I guess it’s like trying to review Beatles’ Abbey Road all over again; it doesn’t really make sense, because all of us already know it’s a masterpiece, and knows about the influence it had, and still has on musicians today.

But then again, you really can’t run a Whisk(e)y blog, without reviewing Lagavulin 16, can you?

I think not, so here goes.

Lagavulin 16
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Lagavulin
Region: Islay
Age: 16 Years
Proof/ABV: 43%
DK Price: $78/550dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 90/100

Tar, rubber tire, hemp rope, light peat, ripe dark plums.

Deep and complex. Mouth coating. Thick and oily rich, with smoke, sherry, caramel, bitter orange and brown sugar, in perfect balance.

Long finish with sea salt, oak, dry tobacco and black pepper.   

I can remember exactly where, when and who I drank my first glass of Lagavulin 16 with, some whiskies just have that kind of impact on you, and ever since that first sip, I have always kept an open bottle in my collection.

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg