Islay malts are world famous for their smoky flavor and smooth disposition, and the Lagavulin 16-year-old — the label’s primary bottling — is no exception. This whisky presents a delightful gift to the palate: The initial nose hints at sweet peat, with the first taste dominated by unmistakeable but not overwhelming smoke. The aftertaste lingers, colored a bit by honey and caramel and a faint suggestion of herbals.
This whisky presents and interesting middle ground between the more aggressive Ardbeg 10-year and, say, a typical Speyside malt.
For Scotch drinkers who like their smoke without fire, and can appreciate an evolving flavor pattern, the Lagavulin 16 makes and excellent and cost-effective choice.