Let me open by being perfectly honest…Lagavulin 16 is my all time favorite Scotch as of this writing. I have purchased it numerous times, and I absolutely love it!!
Therefore, the environment for this tasting will be mixed. I have enjoyed this dram in the summer, over a cigar at a friend’s house. Even bathed in crisp sunlight, this whisky has a solid deep amber color, and a thick, full and rich body. I have also enjoyed it in the bitter cold of winter while watching some NFL Football. (that is when you know you are a Scotch hound…when it literally becomes the exclusive alcoholic beverage of choice regardless of event) It simply works under any climate, setting, and has the great ability to accelerate a conversation.
Lagavulin is an
There seems to be a slight difference in the peat influence with the ‘Big 3’
Nose: Layered and deep. There is the trademark peat smoke there, but the beauty is a subtle sweetness, and the iodine (band aids) and seaweed that comes through. Showing the exposure to the coastline and the extremely slow process this spirit has gone through. I would imagine this is what
Palate: Insanely complex, like a word problem with too many variables that you have to read over again. After the dry peat smoke, the substantial sweetness of berries and vanilla pass over me. Chasing after the sweetness are the sea and salt notes. Buried deep and not getting tangled with anything is the wood…as it all starts to dry your tongue.
Finish: Extremely long and elegant. The peat is there, and so is the sea. The sweetness is what is so surprising. I am blown away by how consistent this flavor profile is from beginning to end.
Their little catchphrase on the packaging is spot on…this Scotch “Takes out the fire, but leaves the warmth”. I have to say this dram is one of those experiences that filled a void in me that I didn’t know existed. It has the earthy peat you want out of an