Dram Review: Lagavulin Aged 16 Years (White Horse Distillers Glasgow, Bottled Circa 1990)

[43.0%・Bottled Circa 1990・16 Years Old・Original Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

The seaweed driven peat is fascinating, thin crust of sea salt brushed against fine layers of tar and curry spices; with a faint underlay of creamy fragrance.

Palate & Finish:

A refined cut of peat that draws out a burst of lemony zing; followed by a gentle insert of soft vanilla that comforts the tastebuds before a return of the sooty peat note.

The peat is lengthily drawn out with the dark chocolate mocha note chicly blended within.

Thoughts:

A classic peat-orientated dram from Islay, close to scoring two stars..

I actually know a few gentlemen who would only drink Lagavulin 16 as a rule of life because this was the whisky that roped them in all those years ago.

Who knows, I might just have been an one-whisky-guy too if this were my first proper scotch.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas