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Lagavulin

Lagavulin is one of a trio of distilleries sat on the south coast of Islay, producing some of the smokiest whisky Scotland has to offer, with the Lagavulin 16 Year Old standing as their most storied expression. Located on the shores of the Lagavulin Bay, the distillery is home to two pairs of stills - Lagavulin has a long distillation time, and many believe this imparts the intense richness of the single malt whisky.

John Johnston founded the Lagavulin distillery in 1816, though there had been as many as ten illicit distilleries in the area since 1742 - naughty! Lagavulin was home to legal distilling under Johnston’s eye, however. Shortly after it opened, a distillery named Ardmore was opened close by, though this became part of Lagavulin a few decades later.

In 1836, John Johnston died and Lagavulin was bought by Alexander Graham, a spirits merchant from Glasgow. 25 years later, the distillery came under the ownership of James Mackie, who brought in his nephew Peter Mackie to work at Lagavulin shortly afterwards. During his time at the distillery, Peter Mackie became well known for working incredibly hard indeed, earning the nickname Restless Peter.

Mackie founded the Malt Mill distillery in disused Lagavulin buildings in 1908, though it closed in 1962. However, it’s legacy lives on throughout Lagavulin - the buildings now house the Lagavulin visitor centre, the stills have been incorporated into Lagavulin’s distilling equipment and a sample of Malt Mill whisky is kept at Lagavulin.

Lagavulin decommissioned their own floor maltings in 1974 and they began to get their malt from Port Ellen. The distillery ran a two day working week until the 1980s, which has resulted in some problems meeting the high demand for their whisky over the years. Lagavulin Scotch was one of the six whiskies marketed as part of the ‘Classic Malts of Scotland’ (along with Cragganmore, Dalwhinne, Glenkinchie, Oban and Talisker) when it was launched in 1988, and that only increased the demand. The distillery’s spirit stills are actually larger than the wash stills, along with a 4.4 ton stainless steel mash tun.

Lagavulin celebrated their 200th anniversary in 2016, producing a number of limited edition bottlings. These included a Lagavulin 8 Year Old (which would eventually become part of the distillery’s core range), a Lagavulin 25 Year Old and the Lagavulin 12 Year Old (a regular feature of Diageo’s Special Releases).

In 2018 it was announced that Georgie Crawford, distillery manager of seven years, would be leaving to revive Port Ellen distillery. Colin Gordon, who was previously site operations manager at Port Ellen Maltings, took over the role, with the changeover taking place just after the Fèis Ìle festival.

Lagavulin takes the title of the second best-selling malt on Islay, with Laphroaig being the first.

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting tipple. The 16 year old…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
621
RRP $61.02
$54.35
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

70cl, 56.5%

The yearly Diageo Special Release of Lagavulin 12 Year Old is always a treat, and 2019 does not disappoint. You've got the classic Islay smoke, you've got fruit, you've got a pinch of sea salt - and…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2019)
1
$122.10

Lagavulin 8 Year Old

70cl, 48%

After the wonderful reception that the Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary Edition received when it was released in 2016, the Islay-based distillers decided to add this delicious expression to…  More info

Lagavulin 8 Year Old
24
$57.74
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Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Lagavulin 16 Year Old

3cl, 43%

This singular Christmas cracker features a true Islay legend. Behold, a Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker that contains a wax-sealed 30ml dram of Lagavulin 16 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky!…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Lagavulin 16 Year Old
$6.65

House Lannister & Lagavulin 9 Year Old - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection

70cl, 46%

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the licensing agreement, we're unable to sell this particular whisky to customers in certain countries. Hit 'Read more' below for the full list we can send to: Read more…  More info

House Lannister & Lagavulin 9 Year Old - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection
4
$72.13

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2018

70cl, 53.9%

A distillery bottling of 18 year old Lagavulin, to commemorate the Fèis Ìle 2018, the Islay Festival. The single malt rested in both refill and rejuvenated American oak hogsheads as well as ex-Bodega…  More info

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2018
$305.37

Lg10 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 57.4%

It's the tenth expression from Elements of Islay's "Lg" range! This complex single malt has all the sweetness and maritime saltiness you could hope for. Only 986 bottles were released of this Islay…  More info

Lg10 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
$96.55

Lagavulin 2001 (bottled 2017) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Lagavulin's Distillers Edition bottlings are allowed a finishing period in casks that previously held sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez Sherry. The result is a magnificent blend of classic Islay salty peat…  More info

Lagavulin 2001 (bottled 2017) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
18
$90.22

Lagavulin 16 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2017

70cl, 56.1%

A celebratory single malt Scotch whisky released to mark Fèis Ìle 2017, this Lagavulin bottling is 16 years old and was double matured in Moscatel casks before it was bottled at 56.1% ABV. Each cask…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2017

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

70cl, 54.5%

It's the 2016 edition of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival bottling. A collectable bottle released during their 200th Anniversary year - the whisky was drawn from refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 49.5%

This is the Lagavulin Fèis Ìle 2016 release - an 18 year old single malt drawn from European oak ex-bodega Sherry butts and refill American oak hogsheads selected by Iain McArthur. 2016 saw the…  More info

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2016

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 57.8%

The Diageo Special Releases welcomes back the Lagavulin 12 for 2018. This is the 18th incarnation of the Islay single malt, which has only missed the very first edition in 2002. The limited release…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
20
$110.98

Lagavulin 1994 (bottled 2010) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Perhaps the best of all the Diageo Distillers Edition whiskies (a selection of their classic malts that are finished in wine casks). This delicious 1994 vintage Lagavulin was finished in Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1994 (bottled 2010) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Undisclosed Islay 7 Year Old 2007 (Single Cask Nation)

75cl, 56.7%

Distilled in 2007 at an undisclosed Islay distillery, this single malt then spent seven years in a single refill bourbon hogshead. The liquid was then bottled in 2014 at cask strength by the Jewish…  More info

Undisclosed Islay 7 Year Old 2007 (Single Cask Nation)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1980s

75cl, 43%

An old and rather rare bottling of 12 year old Lagavulin bottledby White Horse Distillers, we reckon sometime in the 1980s. A collectible Islay single malt. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1980s

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1990s

100cl, 43%

A pretty collectible 16 year old Lagavulin, bottled by White Horse Distillers in the early 1990s. This edition comes complete with original presentation box. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1990s

Lagavulin 8 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 48%

Back in the 1880s Alfred Barnard, author of The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, enjoyed an 8 year old Lagavulin he described as "exceptionally fine". As part of their 200th anniversary…  More info

Lagavulin 8 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition
55
$57.68

Lagavulin 24 Year Old 1979 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

A rare vintage bottle of Lagavulin, distilled in 1979 and then matured for 24 years in oak casks before being bottled by Murray McDavid for the Mission series in 2003. The bottle has been signed by…  More info

Lagavulin 24 Year Old 1979 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2003)

70cl, 57.8%

It's the Lagavulin 12 Year Old from Diageo's 2003 Special Releases, which was their third year of Special Releases. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2003)

Lagavulin 11 Year Old - The Manager's Dram

70cl, 57.1%

Bottled exclusively for Diageo staff in 2013, this is a rare natural cask strength Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Lagavulin 11 Year Old - The Manager's Dram

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

70cl, 55.4%

A special bottling of Lagavulin for the 2015 Islay Jazz Festival (released a little later that year), matured in refill American oak as well as European oak casks. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

70cl, 57.6%

Lagavulin has sponsored the Islay Jazz festival since 2010 and celebrates the occasion by releasing a limited edition bottling. This one was bottled in 2017 at cask strength after it was matured in a…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2008

70cl, 52.9%

Released as a special bottling for the Islay Festival in 2008, this single cask, cask strength release was distilled in 1993 and hand selected by Iain McArthur. It was matured in cask 1403 (European…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2008

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1970s

75cl, 43%

Collectible single malt from the Lagavulin distillery, specially selected and bottled by White Horse Distillers back in the 1970s. This bottle comes alongside its original presentation box. This…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1970s

Lg8 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 59.5%

Wonderfully smoky single malt from the Elements of Islay range, produced by a distillery that is hinted towards in the whisky's name - Lg8.  More info

Lg8 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
$77.67

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