Lagavulin is a part of Diageo’s Classic Malt Selection of distilleries and over the years their 16-year-old has been an ambassador of not only the brand but Islay itself. Produced with care and precision, time is taken with every part of the production process at Lagavulin. Resulting in a rich, densely smoked whisky full of dry, chewy fruit, meat and oak notes.
Appearance: Deep amber.
Nose: Rich peat, piles of seaweed and vanilla.
Taste: Smoked kippers and maritime equipment, chewy dried pineapple.
Finish: Dry woody spice, smoked sea salt.
Overall: Intense peat and smoke, maritime notes with a rich underlying sweetness.
This malt has probably converted more devout followers than Saint Andrew himself. Even if you hate heavily peated Islay whiskies you should get this, when you reach the end of the bottle you’ll be left wanting more. No brainer as a gift for any peat-head or Islay fan.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Lagavulin 16 you could also try Talisker 18, Bowmore 15 or Highland Park 18.
Lagavulin use very high stills coupled with slow distillation. They fill their 11,000 litre wash stills to 95% capacity, limiting the amount of copper contact the liquid has. The cut that is taken is larger than most, meaning more of the phenol heavy distillate is retained.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
The Lagavulin distillery is one of the three Kildalton distilleries located in the south of Islay, the others being Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Distilling is said to have started here in 1826 but illicit operations go as far back as 1742.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
An iconic Islay malt, the Lagavulin 16-year-old’s big, bold, chewy character has made it one of the most infamous drams on the market.
Water, Malted Barley, Yeast.