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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 imaprts 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.

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

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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
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$58.84
$51.35
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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
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$86.83
$79.77

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 57.8%

The Diageo Special Releases welcomes back the Lagavulin 12 for 2018. This is the 15th 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)
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$115.65

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
$6.85

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
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$55.10
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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
$530.07

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)
$455.12
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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
$294.49

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
$749.59

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
$1,065.50

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
$2,141.70

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers)

75cl, 43%

A collectible bottle of the beloved Lagavulin 16 Year Old single malt from back in the days when White Horse Distillers name still appeared on the label. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers)
$374.80

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 56.4%

Third of a very limited series of special releases from the essential Islay distillery. Delightfully subtle differences compared to previous 12 year old releases. This is the 2008 edition, a cask…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2008 Special Release)
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Lagavulin Triple Matured Edition (Friends of Classic Malts)

70cl, 48%

Originally released exclusively for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is one of five triple-matured bottlings across the Classic Malts range that are matured in refill casks, American oak…  More info

Lagavulin Triple Matured Edition (Friends of Classic Malts)
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Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling - 2017 Release

70cl, 54.1%

Cask strength single malt from the Lagavulin distillery on the isle of Islay, bottled in 2017 and originally sold at the distillery itself. A collectible piece for lovers of Lagavulin... This…  More info

Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling - 2017 Release

Lagavulin 1978 (cask 128) - WM Cadenhead

70cl, 64.7%

A retro Cadenhead bottling of single malt from Islay's Lagavulin distillery, which was distilled all the way back in 1978. It was bottled at cask strength - a hefty 64.7% ABV! This bottle was part…  More info

Lagavulin 1978 (cask 128) - WM Cadenhead

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 12 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 57.9%

The hotly anticipated 2009 release of the cask-strength Lagavulin 12 year-old. Undoubtedly one of the best cask-strength whiskies. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2009 Special Release)
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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
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$55.63

Lagavulin 1993 (bottled 2007) - Fèis Ìle 2007

70cl, 56.5%

A rare single cask bottling from Lagavulin, released as part of the Fèis Ìle 2007 celebrations. This Islay single malt was distilled in 1993 and allowed to mature in a single cask until 2007, when it…  More info

Lagavulin 1993 (bottled 2007) - Fèis Ìle 2007

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 56.5%

Lagavulin has become a Special Releases stalwart – and for good reason. The classic Islay distillery is beloved by peat fans (and everyone's favourite Parks director, Ron Swanson). This year's 12…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017)
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$95.07

Lagavulin 1991 (bottled 2007) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

When Lagavulin decided to produce a 'finished' whisky - The Distillers Edition, there were doubters who thought nothing could be a match for the pungent strength of Lagavulin. Those sceptics were…  More info

Lagavulin 1991 (bottled 2007) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Here's the 2016 release of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition expression, which was distilled in 2000 and finished in Pedro Ximenéz casks before being bottled in 2016. 2016 was a big year for the…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$82.19

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)
$74.90

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 200th Anniversary (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 57.7%

This year's 12 year old Lagavulin Special Release is part of the distillery's 200th anniversary celebrations! Aged in refill American oak hogsheads, it's the fourteenth of these excellent 12 year old…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 200th Anniversary (Special Release 2016)
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