Lagavulin 16 YO

Lagavulin-Scotch-Whisky-16-year-oldMy wife gave me a bottle of Lagavulin 16 YO (a southern-Islay single malt) for our last anniversary. It’s I enjoyed it immensely, and I’m not sure how she will top it next year.

Appearance: Deep amber gold

ABV: 43%

Nose: deceptively rich; a slow build-up of smoke with hints of barbeque steak, subtle maritime breeze, and elements of tobacco, tea, heather and citrus.

Palate: rich, velvet smoke, well-steeped tea, malt, a pinch of brine, and a crack of pepper.

Finish: long, luxurious, a hint of peppery-sweetness, fading to a heavenly, smoky dryness.

This is a complex, rich, well-balanced dram, with a hefty smoke component. I found that letting the sample open up for several minutes prior to tasting helped liberate the full spectrum of its constituents; there is a lot happening in the glass, and it should be savored slowly and peacefully. I’ve now finished the bottle, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear after finishing the last drop.

Highly recommended

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About db johnston

A father (of two daughters), husband, and wannabe writer/artist wrapped in a Buddhist veneer, with an eclectic employment history as; a Labourer, Instrument Mechanic (in a Gas Plant), Industrial Salesperson, Telecommunication Technician, Nuclear Energy Worker, and a few I can't recall at the moment.
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