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Lagavulin Whisky

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
785
£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
63
£59.79

Lg12 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 55.4%

The 12th addition to the Lg series of independently-bottled single malts from Elements of Islay, distilled by the legendary Lagavulin in 2007. Drawn from a pair of ex-bourbon barrels and bottled up…  More info

Lg12 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
£134.99

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)
3
£125

Lagavulin 13 Year Old - Islay Jazz Festival 2021

70cl, 54.8%

Originally released as a distillery exclusive for Islay's 2021 Jazz Festival, this 13-year-old single malt was matured in refill American oak casks, before finishing in casks that previously held…  More info

Lagavulin 13 Year Old - Islay Jazz Festival 2021
£499

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)
£129

Lagavulin 19 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2019

70cl, 53.8%

This here is the 2019 Fèis Ìle release from the Lagavulin Distillery. This 19 Year Old was matured in sherry-seasoned American oak casks, hand-selected by distillery warehouseman Iain McArthur. After…  More info

Lagavulin 19 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2019
£599

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
£299

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Offerman Edition Guinness Cask Finish

70cl, 46%

The second release in Lagavulin's Offerman Edition collection, made in partnership with actor Nick Offerman! After resting in American white oak casks, this single malt spent the final four months of…  More info

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Offerman Edition Guinness Cask Finish
£250

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
£399

Lagavulin 7 Year Old - Islay Jazz Festival 2022

70cl, 59.5%

Exclusively produced by Islay's Lagavulin distillery to celebrate the island's annual Jazz festival comes this splendid seven year old single malt. The relatively short time in the cask ensures that…  More info

Lagavulin 7 Year Old - Islay Jazz Festival 2022
£199

Lagavulin 13 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2021

70cl, 56.1%

A special edition bottling of Lagavulin released for the 2021 Fèis Ìle festival. While that year's celebrations were sadly confined to the virtual world, the taste of this 13-year-old whisky is very…  More info

Lagavulin 13 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2021
£250

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
£599

Lagavulin 25 Year Old (Special Release 2002)

70cl, 57.2%

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Rare, massively exciting and extremely sought after peated cask strength single malt whisky from Lagavulin distillery on Islay! 9,000 bottles were released as part of Diageo's…  More info

Lagavulin 25 Year Old (Special Release 2002)
£1,999

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2022

70cl, 57.7%

12 year old single malt from Lagavulin, originally released exclusively for Fèis Ìle 2022. Finished in virgin American oak casks, it was distillery manager Jordan Paisley's first bottling for the…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2022
£250

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
£599

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2018

70cl, 58.5%

Lagavulin always bottles something for the Islay Jazz Festival and 2018 was no exception. This one was matured in first-fill American oak barrels, refill American oak hogsheads, and European oak…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2018
£250

Lagavulin 14 Year Old - Islay Jazz Festival 2022

70cl, 55.4%

For the 2022 Islay Jazz Festival, Lagavulin released this single malt, exclusively available from the distillery during the annual event. Matured in American oak, this whisky was finished in brandy…  More info

Lagavulin 14 Year Old - Islay Jazz Festival 2022
£499

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2022)

70cl, 57.3%

‘The Flames of the Phoenix' is an appropriate theme for the 2022 Special Release bottling of Lagavulin, as it was designed to be the most phenolic Lagavulin yet. Fans of the distillery will know that…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2022)

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)

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 11 Year Old Offerman Edition

70cl, 46%

You might be familiar with the fact that actor Nick Offerman likes Lagavulin whisky. A lot. Maybe it’s because you’ve watched him as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, where his character extols…  More info

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Offerman Edition

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers)

70cl, 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)

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

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Offerman Edition - Charred Oak Cask

70cl, 46%

Anyone who has watched Parks and Recreation will know Scotch whisky, wood, and steak are pretty much all Ron Swanson’s favourite things. Well, those traits are shared by the actor who plays him, Nick…  More info

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Offerman Edition - Charred Oak Cask

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