On the Nose
Peat.. but for me it wasn't as intense or harsh at all (like a Laphroaig, for example) but more like a bonfire from a distance. Complex undertones of toffee caramel, and very subtle red berries. I was reminded partly of some seaweed on the beach. Once settled, some sherry notes come through on the high end of the nose.
On the palate
Dry peat smoke (more in the taste than the nose), with slightly salty notes on the tongue. For a 43% ABV whisky, it packs a powerful punch and leaves behind mouth filling spice!
I was reminded of smoked ham, with the oak vanilla coming through as it settled in the glass for a short time.
Lots of flavour... and a whisky which gives more intricate notes the more you become accustomed to it.
I preferred this whisky neat, for me the addition of water removed the complexity which I enjoy.
A classic, fantastic peated whisky. One I save for special occasions. If you haven't tried Lagavulin, you really must! It's a fantastic dram and worth every penny.
Would I buy again?
Absolutely! Having a Lagavulin 16 Years Old in the collection at all times is a necessity!
Want to try it for yourself?
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