Lagavulin 16 years Single Malt
Lagavulin 16 years single malt, a pungent and potent dram and one of the classics of heavily peated Malts. Today, the Islay distillery Lagavulin is owned by DIAGEO and located in the south of the island of Islay, between the two well-known competitors Ardbeg and Laphroaig, and purchases its malt from the same malting plant, Port Ellen Maltings.
After production, 35 to 40 ppm smoke is still adhered to barley malt, after fermentation and distillation it is only 16 to 18 ppm. During maturation, this content decreases even further. Nevertheless, this residual portion is still sufficient to leave the Lagavulin 16 years single malt strong smoke flavors.
With 2 wash stills and 2 spirits stills, Lagavulin produces around 2.5 million liters of alcohol every year. The Lagavulin 16 years single malt is one of their flag ships. It presents itself with a golden hue. When panning, a rich oily edge forms on the glass. Like all smoky whiskeys, it should also be opened at room temperature and breathe for a few minutes in a nosing glass. Then you will feel an intense peat smoke in the nose. And it is recommended that you take your time to get used to it. Afterwards wonderful woody and fruity aromas become recognizable.
The first sip is heavy on the tongue. Cigar leaves, ashes and tar, in an elegant marriage of faint ideas of sweetness and sherry, spicy wooden hints of oak and pine develop to a very complex experience. With a long, ambrosial finish with richly peaty, deep, smoky flavors this single malt will remain at the tongue. An intense dram for admirers of peaty single malts!
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Nose: Intense peat smoke with iodine and seaweed marks, rich dark sweets
Palate: The dry peat smoke fills the tongue with a gentle sweetness, which softens the sea and salty taste with a hint of wood.
Finish: Long, elegant, smoky flavor with plenty of salt and seaweed