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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.

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
$6.92

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 57.8%

The Diageo Special Releases welcomes back the Lagavulin 12 for 2018. This is the 15th 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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$116.73
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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting tipple. The 16 year old…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
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RRP $59.44
$52.95
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Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1990s

100cl, 43%

A pretty collectible 16 year old Lagavulin, bottled by White Horse Distillers in the early 1990s. This edition comes complete with original presentation box. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers) - 1990s
$427.33

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
$324.55

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
$535.50

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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$87.90

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
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$56.24
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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 Jewish…  More info

Undisclosed Islay 7 Year Old 2007 (Single Cask Nation)
$140.58

House Lannister & Lagavulin 9 Year Old - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection

70cl, 46%

Estimated despatch 29th May 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…  More info

House Lannister & Lagavulin 9 Year Old - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection
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$73.15

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

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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 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 60.3%

From independent bottler Gleann Mór, comes a single cask 10 year old Lagavulin single malt, presented as part of their A Rare Find range. It was distilled in January 2005 and matured for a whole…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

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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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 11 Year Old - The Manager's Dram

70cl, 57.1%

Bottled exclusively for Diageo staff in 2013, this is a rare natural cask strength Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Lagavulin 11 Year Old - The Manager's Dram

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 56.4%

Third of a very limited series of special releases from the essential Islay distillery. Delightfully subtle differences compared to previous 12 year old releases. This is the 2008 edition, a cask…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2008 Special Release)
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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 12 Year Old (2010 Special Release)

70cl, 56.5%

The 2010 Lagavulin Special Release from Diageo. This 12 year old is a vatting of refil American oak casks, and it marks the 9th in the series so far. Sweet and intense.  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2010 Special Release)
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2011 Special Release)

70cl, 57.5%

An utterly fabulous on-going annual release of Lagavulin, from Diageo's Special Releases. 2011 sees this cask strength monster offering up oodles of complexity thanks to its maturation in refill…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2011 Special Release)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 56.1%

This is the astounding 11th release of one of our favourite cask-strength whiskies - Lagavulin 12 year old. This 2012 edition is a smoky, zesty whisky with masses of character.  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2012 Special Release)
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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 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 54.4%

A frequent favourite of Diageo's Special Releases, this is the 2014 edition 12 year old Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. Featuring malts that were distilled in 2001 and 2002, matured in refill…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2014 Special Release)
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2003)

70cl, 57.8%

It's the Lagavulin 12 Year Old from Diageo's 2003 Special Releases, which was their third year of Special Releases. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2003)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 56.8%

The least expensive of the 2015 Diageo Special Releases (as the unpeated Caol Ila was a 17 year old), the 12 year old is now a staple and a firm whisky fan favourite, this being the thirteenth…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2015)
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