I bought my first bottle of Lagavulin last year after seeing it featured in the hit US sitcom "Parks and Recreation". Everything Ron Swanson said about this whisky is true (Nectar of the Gods he called it). It's heavy and smoky with a satisfying burn, stays on the palette forever.
My only complaint is that it has ruined all other Scotch for me. If I sit down with anything else I'll wish I'd gone for the Lagavulin instead.
I first came across this many years ago at a tasting at Oban distillery. A woman in the party took a slurp and proclaimed 'its gone orff'. It isn't to everybody's taste. If you like it peaty and smokey this is for you. It is my favourite dram of all. Over the intervening thirty years or so I've quaffed a few bottles and enjoyed every single one.
Drank a whole range of whisky over my short existence and the time im "legally" allowed to drink (and a tad bit before) and I have never enjoyed a really smoky whisky, well I tried bowmore and it put me off smoky flavors. Now this is just a perfectly beautiful whisky and completely different from any I've ever had which adds to the beauty. Simple classic elegant bottle which is definitely a pro as the new weird shaped bottles are not appealing to me one bit and it has a wooden top which I love on a bottle. Mr Ron Swanson from parks and rec perfectly sums this whisky as "Gods elixir" on which i would agree. Good to just drink and great as a gift, plus price value for a 16 year old whisky is excellent. I normally enjoy Glenfiddich but this is my new favorite yet is completely different.
Only my first bottle of the stuff, but it is my new favourite. As a drinker of £25-£35 whisky I have been hugely impressed with this. I like the Islay whiskys anyway but this is a cut above the ones that I have before and well worth the step up in price. Will definitely push the boat out again.
Do you like smokey whiskey? If the answer is no then you will hate this. A lot of the negative reviews on here are from people who clearly don't like smokey whiskey. When you smell Lagavulin 16 you get a lot of smoke. Whiskey connoisseurs can apparently pick out creamy vanilla but I think they lie. The initial smokey hit subsides and you have lots of wonderful complex tastes. This is one of the benchmark Islay whiskeys - it is not cheap, but compared to a lot of other £50 bottles it is of higher quality. This would always be my go to whiskey for winter - delicious.
Definitely worth buying, tasted great, was my New Years Eve drink and I loved every drop. Scotch obviously isn't for everybody and as Nick Offerman said, this whiskey "Will fuel your backhoe". It is very strong but it is one of the best scotch whiskeys I have ever had.
After some 18 months of exploring the world of single malt whisky thanks to a bottle of Tamnavulin gifted to me on my birthday, trying some of the more well known brands (Highland Park, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Bowmore ect) I had always had my eye on this especially as it is the favourite of online reviewer Horst and after seeing all the positive reviews, so when Amazon reduced the price to £39 I knew it was time that I tried, and so pleased I did, so smooth, sweetness and peatsmoke all in perfect harmony to make it a lovely drinking experience. Not normally the price I can afford but for a special treat it takes some beating
Came to this bottle after a binge of Ron Swansons wisdom, was not disappointed. This whisky is super smokey, not quite like anything I've ever had before, but I love it. Have been through 2 bottles over the past couple of months and have another sitting in my bar at the moment. I dont think this will be my 'go to' whisky but its certainly worked its way into a regular position on the shelf.