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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 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 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
£299

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
£350

Lagavulin Distillers Edition - 2022 Collection

70cl, 43%

The 2022 Lagavulin Distillers Edition, which has been double matured in Pedro Ximénez seasoned American oak casks, complimenting the coastal smoke at the core of this classic Islay single malt and…  More info

Lagavulin Distillers Edition - 2022 Collection
2
£89.99

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
69
£59.69
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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 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)
£1,663.50
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Lagavulin 21 Years Old Cask Strength - 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 21 Years Old Cask Strength  - Islay Jazz Festival 2019
£999

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 1998 - Fèis Ìle 2012

70cl, 55.1%

Distilled in 1998, matured in a single cask, and bottled at cask strength, it's Lagavulin's incredible 2012 Fèis Ìle release. This would make a fine addition to a special Islay whisky collection.  More info

Lagavulin 1998 - Fèis Ìle 2012
£999
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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
£499

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
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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Originally there was a 12 year old expression but when Diageo launched the Classic Malt series in the 1980s,  Lagavulin 16 Year Old was introduced and became the distillery's flagship bottling. A…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
803
£80
£65.80

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
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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
£450

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
£199

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)
£134.94

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 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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£125

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

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 (Special Release 2016) 200th Anniversary
3
£299

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

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)

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)

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)

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