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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 imparts 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.

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
$90.90

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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$60.58

Lagavulin 1980 (bottled 1999) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Distilled in 1980 at Lagavulin, this is one of the tremendous Distiller's Editions finished in Pedro Ximénez casks. It's delicious - like peat smoke mixed with syrupy rich sherry.  More info

Lagavulin 1980 (bottled 1999) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin 1993 (bottled 2009) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Ever wondered what a deliciously smoky Lagavulin would taste like when coupled with the sweet, silken grace of Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry cask? Well here it is. A superb Distillers Edition, this is…  More info

Lagavulin 1993 (bottled 2009) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2010

70cl, 52.7%

A special release from the Lagavulin distillery, distilled in 1994 and filled into a European Oak Sherry cask (number 3210) on the 1st August 1994, and aged for 15 years before bottling in 2010. Each…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2010

Lagavulin 16 Year old with 2 Glasses

70cl, 43%

Superbly smoky malt, Lagavulin 16 is a Scotch legend in its own right. This presentation set features a bottle of the 16 year old with two Lagavulin branded Glencairn whisky tasting glasses.  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year old with 2 Glasses
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Lg1 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 56.8%

From Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay range, originally packaged with a laboratory look. Each is a 50cl bottle of cask strength Islay malt, each are given Periodic Table style names, which hint…  More info

Lg1 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

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 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 Feis Ile 2011

70cl, 51%

An amazing a very rare Lagavulin, distilled on the 23rd February 1998 and aged in cask 1715 for 12 years before bottling for the 2011 Feis Ile. A limited release, aged in warehouse 1 in a single…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2011

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

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2012

70cl, 55.1%

Lagavulin's incredible 2012 Feis Ile release, a real favourite here with lots to discover.  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2012

Lagavulin 21 Year Old 1991 (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 52%

The original Lagavulin 21 Year Old has achieved legendary status in the whisky world so I was frothing at the bit to try this 52%abv Lagavulin bottled from first-fill ex-sherry casks. This is a…  More info

Lagavulin 21 Year Old 1991 (2012 Special Release)
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Lg2 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 58%

The second release in the Lg range of Elements. An interesting alternative to the distillery's standard bottling.  More info

Lg2 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

Lagavulin 14 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate)

70cl, 46%

The Syndicate is a group of whisky aficionados with a passion for the very best in Scotch single malts. This Lagavulin was distilled in 1990 and aged for 14 years before bottling as a single cask…  More info

Lagavulin 14 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate)

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 16 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

An old bottling of Lagavulin's classic 16 year old single malt scotch whisky form Islay. Rich, peaty and awesome!  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (Old Bottling)

Lagavulin 37 Year Old 1976 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 51%

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER The oldest official bottling of Lagavulin ever released. This rare, natural cask strength gem of limited release was distilled back in 1976 before being matured in refill…  More info

Lagavulin 37 Year Old 1976 (2013 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 16 Year Old 1l

100cl, 43%

A litre bottle of Lagavulin's classic 16 year old. A must have Islay malt, with oodles of complexity. The definition of smoky whisky…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old 1l
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$282.20

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

This was distilled at Lagavulin in 1987 and finished in Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry casks. Bottled in 2003, this stuff is fantastic. A glass of this goes astonishingly with a chocolate-based dessert.  More info

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2011) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

The 1995 vintage of Lagavulin's delicious Distillers Edition. This stuff is finished in sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry casks, and it's bloomin' marvelous. Very smoky and very thick, sweet and…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2011) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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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 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 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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