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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
57
£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 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 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 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 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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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

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)

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)

Lagavulin 20 Year Old

70cl, 48.1%

This Lagavulin is an astonishing twenty years old (one less than the famous twenty-one year old) and is a rare opportunity to try a Lagavulin of this age!  More info

Lagavulin 20 Year Old

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