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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 1996 (bottled 2012) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

This is a delicious 1996 vintage from the Lagavulin distillery, this was given a finish in top-quality Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry casks. The result is a mix of Lagavulin's signature smoky flavour,…  More info

Lagavulin 1996 (bottled 2012) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers 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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$92.64

Lagavulin 2002 (bottled 2018) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

The 2002 vintage Distillers Edition of Lagavulin single malt packs a peaty punchy indeed! The Islay whisky was bottled in 2018, after a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks. The savoury peat notes…  More info

Lagavulin 2002 (bottled 2018) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$92.64

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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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)
$99.14

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 56.5%

Lagavulin has become a Special Releases stalwart – and for good reason. The classic Islay distillery is beloved by peat fans (and everyone's favourite Parks director, Ron Swanson). This year's 12…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017)
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$101.22

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

The Distillers Editions from Islay distillers Lagavulin are scrummy little numbers indeed, combining the powerful peatiness their expressions are known for, with the sweet sticky notes of Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) 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 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%

This Malts & Food Gift Set contains a bottle of the excellent Lagavulin Distillers Edition (which was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2016 after enjoying a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks)…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$104.76

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 200th Anniversary (Special Release 2016)

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 200th Anniversary (Special Release 2016)
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 57.8%

The Diageo Special Releases welcomes back the Lagavulin 12 for 2018. This is the 18th 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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$113.95

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 (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

Lagavulin 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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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)

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 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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$128.27

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 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 Distillery Exclusive Bottling - 2017 Release

70cl, 54.1%

Cask strength single malt from the Lagavulin distillery on the isle of Islay, bottled in 2017 and originally sold at the distillery itself. A collectible piece for lovers of Lagavulin... This…  More info

Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive Bottling - 2017 Release

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 Triple Matured Edition (Friends of Classic Malts)

70cl, 48%

Originally released exclusively for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is one of five triple-matured bottlings across the Classic Malts range that are matured in refill casks, American oak…  More info

Lagavulin Triple Matured Edition (Friends of Classic Malts)
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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 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

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