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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 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 25 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 51.7%

Limited to 8,000 bottles, this special 25 year old Lagavulin celebrates the distillery's 200th anniversary with a well-matured expression matured exclusively in ex-Sherry casks and with the names of…  More info

Lagavulin 25 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition
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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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$85.17

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

70cl, 46%

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 can send to: Read more…  More info

House Lannister & Lagavulin 9 Year Old - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection
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$68.09

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
$6.28

Lg10 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 57.4%

It's the tenth expression from Elements of Islay's "Lg" range! This complex single malt has all the sweetness and maritime saltiness you could hope for. Only 986 bottles were released of this Islay…  More info

Lg10 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
$91.15

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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$117.93

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