This 16 year old Islay, matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, doesn’t come across as terribly different than other Lagavulin expressions I’ve tried. Moderately smoky with solid peat character, it’s tempered by the sherry finish, but not overwhelmingly so.
The body is rich and silky — and I’ve never seen a Lagavulin this deeply amber in color — and quite easy-drinking for a Scotch that’s normally more appropriate as a sipper. Nice apple fruits appear in the core along with modest citrus notes, all laced with that well-integrated peat smoke.
While this whisky isn’t my favorite of the Classic Malts bunch, it was — surprisingly — the one I drank the fastest. Interpret as you will.
B+ / $77 / malts.com