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Lagavulin

The single malt whiskies from Lagavulin, such as the legendary Lagavulin 16 Year Old, are amongst the world's smokiest with thick lapsang souchon enveloping the palate without remorse. One of the trio of Ìleach distilleries gracing the isle’s South-Easterly shore, each sharing a characteristic peat smoke as well as being Scotland’s most pungent and perhaps most revered. In 1816, the Lagavulin whisky distillery was founded by John Johnston.

Surrounded by dark peat bog and drawing its water from the Solan Lochs, Lagavulin sits at the head of a bay and not far from the ruins of Dunyvaig castle. The best-selling Islay single malt scotch until 1998, when it was overtaken by the neighbouring Laphroaig, Lagavulin is currently experiencing problems in meeting whisky demands. The recent difficulties stem from a few decades when working conditions were decidedly lax; a two day working week led to very low production and it was not until 1981 that a five day week was finally instated.

Lagavulin holds claim to Scotland’s slowest distillation with five hours for the first distillation and a further nine for the second. Despite the pungency of the single malt, there is a certain smoothness to the palate which many attribute to the leisurely rate of distillation. The heart of the Lagavulin range receives global acclaim and there have been almost no independent bottlings. Currently as much as 98% of the spirit is earmarked for maturation as a single malt and Diageo have included Lagavulin in their Classic Malts range.

Lagavulin Whisky Distillery

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About Lagavulin Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01496 302749

Distillery Founded

1816

Distillery Capacity

2 250 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Near Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1816

John Johnston founds the distillery.

1825

John Johnston takes over the adjacent distillery Ardmore founded in 1817 by Archibald Campbell and closed in 1821.

1835

Production at Ardmore ceases.

1837

Both distilleries are merged and operated under the name Lagavulin by Donald Johnston.

1852

The brother of the wine and spirits dealer Alexander Graham, John Crawford Graham, purchases the distillery.

1867

The distillery is acquired by James Logan Mackie & Co. and refurbishment starts.

1878

Peter Mackie is employed.

1889

James Logan Mackie passes away and nephew Peter Mackie inherits the distillery.

1890

J. L. Mackie & Co. changes name to Mackie & Co. Peter Mackie launches White Horse onto the export market with Lagavulin included in the blend. White Horse blended is not available on the domestic market until 1901.

1908

Peter Mackie uses the old distillery buildings to build a new distillery, Malt Mill, on the site. Mackie had previously been agent for Laphroaig but the owners were not content and terminated the contract. Malt Mill was an attempt by Mackie to compete and force Laphroaig out of the market.

1924

Peter Mackie passes away and Mackie & Co. changes name to White Horse Distillers.

1927

White Horse Distillers becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

The distillery is administered under Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1952

An explosive fire breaks out and causes considerable damage.

1960

Malt Mills distillery closes and today it houses Lagavulin’s visitor centre.

1974

Floor maltings are decommisioned and malt is bought from Port Ellen instead.

1988

Lagavulin 16 years becomes one of six Classic Malts.

1998

A Pedro Ximenez sherry finish is launched as a Distillers Edition.

2002

Two cask strengths (12 years and 25 years) are launched.

2006

A 30 year old is released.

2007

A 21 year old from 1985 and the sixth edition of the 12 year old are released.

2008

A new 12 year old is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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The 1995 vintage of Lagavulin's delicious Distillers Edition. This stuff is finished in sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry casks, and it's bloomin' marvelous. Very smoky and very thick, sweet and...  More info
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