The ’Classic Malts’ Islay representative is a superbly balanced single malt, showcasing sweet and dry sherry elements alongside the heavy Lagavulin peat. This 16 year old Lagavulin needs no more introduction as everyone knows what it stands for, with its long string of award wins. A true Benchmark Single Malt from the Lagavulin distillery.
Nose: sweet soft peat, with plenty of barbecue and burnt oak. Rich sweet sultanas and raisins. Some slight breadiness. Slight drying iodine, with wood spice and stewed tea. Creamy vanilla.
Palate: Filling peat. Rich and malty, nice sweet wine and drying dark fruits. Oaky peat with some wood smoke and spice.
Finish: Medium, quite spicy with some figs.
Overall: A genuine Islay classic, and deservedly so. The extra age here make it really stand out from other “entry level whiskies” adding a delicious layer of vanilla oak creaminess. This remains one of the most masterful examples of good peated sherried whisky. A rewarding and reliable dram.