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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.

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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 $64.33
$54.39

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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$57.72

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
$96.53

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 56.4%

Estimated despatch 24 September 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…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
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$138.77

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
$6.65

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)

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)

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 8 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 48%

Back in the 1880s Alfred Barnard, author of The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, enjoyed an 8 year old Lagavulin he described as "exceptionally fine". As part of their 200th anniversary…  More info

Lagavulin 8 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition
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$57.67

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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Lg5 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 54.8%

Independently bottled Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Speciality Drinks Elements of Islay range. Rich and smoky, as we've come to expect from Lagavulin.  More info

Lg5 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

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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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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$72.11

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)
$72.11

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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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)
$77.65

Lagavulin 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%

Originally released as a Travel Retail Exclusive, behold this 10 Year Old from Islay's Lagavulin! Having rested in first fill American oak bourbon casks for a decade, it's a glorious combination of…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old
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$79.88

Lagavulin 1998 (bottled 2014) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

A Distillers Edition bottling of Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2014 following a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks. These Distillers Editions have proved…  More info

Lagavulin 1998 (bottled 2014) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

It's not surprising that people love this particular Distillers Edition. Heavily peated Lagavulin single malt from Islay + a finishing period in casks that previously held sweet, dark, rich Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$82.65

Lagavulin 1997 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

From the Lagavulin distillery on the island of Islay comes the 1997 Distillers Edition, a fantastic single malt which has been maturing since 1997 and enjoyed a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez cask…  More info

Lagavulin 1997 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Here's the 2016 release of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition expression, which was distilled in 2000 and finished in Pedro Ximenéz casks before being bottled in 2016. 2016 was a big year for the…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$85.21

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 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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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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