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Lagavulin

Lagavulin is one of a trio of distilleries sat on the south coast of Islay. Lagavulin produces 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 Lagavulin distillery is home to two pairs of stills. Lagavulin has a long distillation time, and many believe this imparts the intense richness of the famous 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. 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 Lagavulin 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, its 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’ when it was launched in 1988, and that only increased the demand. The Lagavulin 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.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Lagavulin 16 Year Old was first released in the early 1990s, and was originally intended to be a limited edition bottling. However, due to its popularity, Lagavulin 16 Year Old has become a permanent…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
776
£81.55

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
56
£55.95
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1980s

75cl, 43%

A little gem from the 1980s, it's a bottle of Lagavulin 12 Year Old, produced when the White Horse Distillers name still appeared on the label! Take a trip down whisky memory lane with this rather…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1980s
£2,500

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2021)

70cl, 56.5%

This right here is the Lagavulin 12 Year old from Diageo's 2021 Special Releases! A regular sight in the Special Releases, this expression has enjoyed a dozen years of maturation in refill American…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2021)

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

The Distillers Editions from Islay distillers Lagavulin are scrummy little numbers indeed, combining the powerful peatiness their expressions are known for, with the sweet sticky notes of Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin 26 Year Old (Special Release 2021)

70cl, 44.2%

The oldest expression from Diageo's 2021 Special Release, this is a 26 year old single malt from the mighty Lagavulin! Interestingly, this expression has been fully matured in first-fill Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 26 Year Old (Special Release 2021)

Lagavulin 2005 (bottled 2020) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Excellent single malt from Islay's Lagavulin Distillery, which has enjoyed a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks. The whisky was distilled back in 2005, and eventually bottled up in 2020 as part…  More info

Lagavulin 2005 (bottled 2020) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin 20 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2020

70cl, 54%

A commemorative bottling from Lagavulin, released to celebrate Fèis Ìle 2020. This expression was matured for 20 years and drawn from a selection of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry seasoned casks,…  More info

Lagavulin 20 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2020

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2013

70cl, 51.9%

An annual bottling from Lagavulin that unites jazz fans and whisky fans – it's the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival release! This particular bottling is the 2013 edition, which was distilled in 1995 and…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2013

Lagavulin 2003 (bottled 2019) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Behold, the 2003 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition! The single malt was finished in casks which previously held sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry before it was bottled in 2019. If you like your…  More info

Lagavulin 2003 (bottled 2019) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lg11 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 54.1%

Fabulous single malt, bottled by Elements of Islay, it's the eleventh expression of the "Lg" range. Distilled at mystery Islay distillery with a nine-letter name – it shouldn't be the toughest…  More info

Lg11 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

Lagavulin 1989 (bottled 2005) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Lagavulin's Distillers Edition bottlings are incredible indeed – intensely peaty Islay single malt, finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. Frankly, what is there not to like about that?! This…  More info

Lagavulin 1989 (bottled 2005) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 56.4%

Once again, Diageo has released a marvellous 12 year old Lagavulin single malt as part of its Special Releases series. The 2020 Special Releases Lagavulin 12 Year Old was aged in refill American oak…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55.1%

Yet another cracking 12 year old limited edition Lagavulin from Diageo's Special Releases, the twelfth of the series. Vatted from refill American Oak casks before being bottled at natural cask…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2013 Special Release)
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Lagavulin 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Originally released as a Travel Retail Exclusive, behold this 10 Year Old from Islay's Lagavulin! Having rested in first fill American oak bourbon casks for a decade, it's a glorious combination of…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old
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Lagavulin 2002 (bottled 2018) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

The 2002 vintage Distillers Edition of Lagavulin single malt packs a peaty punchy indeed! The Islay whisky was bottled in 2018, after a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks. The savoury peat notes…  More info

Lagavulin 2002 (bottled 2018) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2019

70cl, 50.9%

Lagavulin releases a limited edition single malt each year for the Islay Jazz Festival, and they're top stuff. As the festival was celebrating its 21st year in 2019, the distillery decided to bottle…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2019

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)
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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)

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
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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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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

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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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)
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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 J&J…  More info

Undisclosed Islay 7 Year Old 2007 (Single Cask Nation)

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