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UPDATED! Lagavulin 16y with Jono, Vanni, Jeremy & Valérie

Guest Reviews
Reviews with Jono
Reviews with Vanni
Single Malt

The last of the new scotch, the Lagavulin is also the last entry in the Classic Malts Strong Collection and it definitely lives up to its name.

Jono – Tanned, wooden & very sweet.
Vanni – leather & bacon.
Me – musty, leathery. Peaty & very potent.

with ice
Jono – mellows very nicely.
Vanni – less smokey, better straight.
Me – fruitiness comes out.

Lagavulin 16y – 43% 200ml – $33.85 – Islay

Try it? Definitely! Buy it? maybe a small one first.

Simon – Well, this is a first. We’ve had articles with later contributions being added before publication, but this is our post-publish update AND our first guest post! Take it away, Jeremy & Valérie:

Let’s open with the disclaimers. In terms of adjectives used to describe me, classy probably doesn’t rank in the top 30. Alcoholic might, but only if modified by highly functional, so I don’t know if it really counts. My experience of Scotch whiskeys, while fairly long, is also rather thin. I only recently learned that Peaty and Smoky were more than just good nicknames for pirates. In spite of this, Simon has asked me to provide a review of Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey aged 16 years.

Since I’m new to this, I’ll simply follow the format Simon et al. have set out. Since I lack a little confidence, I’ll drag my wife along with me.

A little context: I bought this particular bottle because I reached a milestone that required purchasing at least $150 worth of booze for my friends on a day when no one could get drunk. Buckabeer was out of the question. So I bought the most expensive bottle of Scotch Belleville had to offer (along with a fairly cheapish Châteauneuf-du-Pape) and hoped for the best. I wasn’t disappointed.

smell (just to be clear, we wrote down our notes before sharing to avoid bias)
Jeremy – mossy smoke, citrus, cherry
Valérie – my grandmother, wood, moss, orange blossom

Jeremy – silky, warm without burning, pepper, nutmeg, citrus, smoky aftertaste
Valérie – black licorice candy with an aftertaste of campfire

Jeremy – still silky, newish leather, some of that citrus and pepper from before
Valérie – same as before but sweeter and with attenuation of the smoky aftertaste

Try it? Yes. Buy it? If you’ve got a little extra burning a hole in your pocket, or if you’re looking to impress.

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