After reading many good things about the Lagavulin 16 I couldn't resist any longer. I was intending to wait until the autumn or winter before entering into Islay territory but as they say the flesh is weak and as I discovered ( again ) today so is the mind
; so today I just bought my first bottle of Lagavulin 16.
So here are my first impressions ( to be updated after a couple of more drams ).Colour
: much darkes than expected ( keeping Caol Ila 12 in mind ); it clearly shows it's years.Nose
: I poured my first glass and after the initial nosing left the room for about 3 minutes. After re-entering the room I could smell it clearly; this was a first for me! As far as I think I understand the difference between peat and smoke it has a lot more peat on the nose than smoke. It reminds me a bit of HP but stronger
and even a bit sweeter.Palate
: Peaty for this novice to Islay ( the Caol Ila 12 was too long ago ) but whith the nice sweetness as promised by the nose. Can't put a name yet to the sweetness; that will take a couple of more drams ( it's a tough job but 'll manage ) Finish
: Long and dry; giving much warmth....Comments
: All in all much eacher accessible than I thought it would be and paving the way for many more Islay whiksies to try out!!
Not sure they will enter easily in my top 10 ( if at all ) but I like to try new stuff so it will certainly have is change to impress the hell out of me in the coming months and years!!