Where can I start? Still, after over 200 whiskies tasted, my absolute favorite dram. I could go on and on about the grandeur of Lagavulin 16 year old. It is the reason, why I started my whisky tasting hobby. Whisky has been one of my favorite drinks ever since I got my first taste of it. But after Lagavulin 16YO, I started a quest for finding something that can top it. When I was younger, I didn’t adore whisky as much as I do now. Whisky (the cheap ones) was just a great and rough way to get drunk. Lagavulin showed me the grand side of whisky. It made me appreciate whisky the way it should be appreciated.
This absolute royalty of single malt whiskies, the Lagavulin 16 year old, has been matured mostly in Ex-Bourbon American White Oak casks. Getting its final touch, when finished in Ex-Sherry European Oak casks.
Same thing happened with my other passion, the movies, when I watched Trainspotting for the very first time. Movies had always interested me a bit but Trainspotting made me a movie freak. After Trainspotting, I needed to explore and study the movie industry. Lagavulin 16YO and Trainspotting are amazing bits of Scottish craftsmanship and artisan spirit. True examples of how something so great can grab you and push you deep into the world exploring great movies/whisky.
These both made me become aware of the fact that there’s more in both industries, than the products you mostly see every day at every store shelf or every theater. You just have to look further and find it yourself.
Lagavulin 16 year old gives you an intriguing expedition with strong dryness and smoke mixed with good flavors and just enough complexity, not too much though. Trainspotting offers dryness as well, in the form of humor. Together with a simple storyline told in an interesting manner. Epic masterpieces of their genre and era.
Brian Cox says it best: “The cognac of whiskies. Works like a depth charge. Pow”