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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. 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.

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 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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$96.12

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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$83.10

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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Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old

70cl, 51%

The 2013 Fèis Ìle bottling from Lagavulin is sublime 18 year old selected by Iain McArthur distilled in 1995. A real highlight of the Islay whisky festival, 3,000 of these sherry matured bottles have…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old
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Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

It's not surprising that people love this particular Distillers Edition. Heavily peated Lagavulin single malt from Islay + a finishing period in casks that previously held sweet, dark, rich Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$80.61

Lagavulin 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.3%

Here's the third batch of Lagavulin single malt independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a 10 year old whisky from the Isle of Islay, and it boasts a hearty helping of BBQ smoke…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.1%

Single Cask Series Lagavulin! That's right, we bottled this single malt Scotch whisky from the south coast of Islay on 21st January 2016 after it spent 10 years (a week shy of 11 years, in fact) in a…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Lg7 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 56.8%

The seventh Elements of Islay bottling of "Lg" single malt Scotch whisky. If only we could crack the code and figure out which Islay distillery it came from... Lg... Wait a minute, there's a…  More info

Lg7 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
$70.32

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%

This Malts & Food Gift Set contains a bottle of the excellent Lagavulin Distillers Edition (which was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2016 after enjoying a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks)…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$99.49

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53%

An excellent single cask 10 year old single malt from the Lagavulin distillery on the south coast of Islay. This was aged in a single bourbon barrel from October 2006 to January 2017, and then we…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2006 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Lagavulin 10 Year Old - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.7%

Yarr! It be time for a 'smokey cokey' wit' the ol' shipmates in Lagavulin Bay! That's a Lagavulin single malt and cola to you or me - the sort of thing you might be offered by Diageo whisky…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Lagavulin Distillery Only

70cl, 52.5%

A very special Lagavulin, this "distillery only" bottling is made with the remnant of whisky from a previous bottling run of Distiller's Edition. It is then re-casked and left for a few extra years.  More info

Lagavulin Distillery Only
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Lagavulin 25 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 51.7%

Limited to 8,000 bottles, this special 25 year old Lagavulin celebrates the distillery's 200th anniversary with a well-matured expression matured exclusively in ex-Sherry casks and with the names of…  More info

Lagavulin 25 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition
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Lagavulin 21 Year Old

70cl, 56.5%

A cask strength 21 year old release from Lagavulin, just 6,642 bottles were released, distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2007.  More info

Lagavulin 21 Year Old

Lagavulin 1993 (bottled 2009) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Ever wondered what a deliciously smoky Lagavulin would taste like when coupled with the sweet, silken grace of Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry cask? Well here it is. A superb Distillers Edition, this is…  More info

Lagavulin 1993 (bottled 2009) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Lagavulin 15 Year Old - 1980s Bottling (White Horse Distillers)

75cl, 45%

A very, very rare ceramic decanter of 15 year old Lagavulin, this was released in the 1980s, and is quite a collectors' piece. In fact, Serge Valentin from WhiskyFun.com rated this with a whopping 94…  More info

Lagavulin 15 Year Old - 1980s Bottling (White Horse Distillers)

Lg1 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 56.8%

From Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay range, originally packaged with a laboratory look. Each is a 50cl bottle of cask strength Islay malt, each are given Periodic Table style names, which hint…  More info

Lg1 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2010

70cl, 52.7%

A special release from the Lagavulin distillery, distilled in 1994 and filled into a European Oak Sherry cask (number 3210) on the 1st August 1994, and aged for 15 years before bottling in 2010. Each…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2010

Lagavulin 16 Year old with 2 Glasses

70cl, 43%

Superbly smoky malt, Lagavulin 16 is a Scotch legend in its own right. This presentation set features a bottle of the 16 year old with two Lagavulin branded Glencairn whisky tasting glasses.  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year old with 2 Glasses
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Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

This was distilled at Lagavulin in 1987 and finished in Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry casks. Bottled in 2003, this stuff is fantastic. A glass of this goes astonishingly with a chocolate-based dessert.  More info

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Lagavulin 1980 (bottled 1999) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Distilled in 1980 at Lagavulin, this is one of the tremendous Distiller's Editions finished in Pedro Ximénez casks. It's delicious - like peat smoke mixed with syrupy rich sherry.  More info

Lagavulin 1980 (bottled 1999) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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