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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 19 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2019

70cl, 53.8%

This here is the 2019 Fèis Ìle release from the Lagavulin Distillery. This 19 Year Old was matured in sherry-seasoned American oak casks, hand-selected by distillery warehouseman Iain McArthur. After…  More info

Lagavulin 19 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2019

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

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

70cl, 54.5%

It's the 2016 edition of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival bottling. A collectable bottle released during their 200th Anniversary year - the whisky was drawn from refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

70cl, 55.4%

A special bottling of Lagavulin for the 2015 Islay Jazz Festival (released a little later that year), matured in refill American oak as well as European oak casks. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

70cl, 57.6%

Lagavulin has sponsored the Islay Jazz festival since 2010 and celebrates the occasion by releasing a limited edition bottling. This one was bottled in 2017 at cask strength after it was matured in a…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2017

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 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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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 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 1994 (bottled 2010) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

Perhaps the best of all the Diageo Distillers Edition whiskies (a selection of their classic malts that are finished in wine casks). This delicious 1994 vintage Lagavulin was finished in Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1994 (bottled 2010) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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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 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 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers)

75cl, 43%

A collectible bottle of the beloved Lagavulin 16 Year Old single malt from back in the days when White Horse Distillers name still appeared on the label. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (White Horse Distillers)

Lagavulin 1991 (bottled 2007) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%

When Lagavulin decided to produce a 'finished' whisky - The Distillers Edition, there were doubters who thought nothing could be a match for the pungent strength of Lagavulin. Those sceptics were…  More info

Lagavulin 1991 (bottled 2007) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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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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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 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

Lagavulin Distillery Only

70cl, 52.5%

A very special Lagavulin, this "distillery only" bottling is made with the remnant of whisky from a previous bottling run of Distiller's Edition. It is then re-casked and left for a few extra years.  More info

Lagavulin Distillery Only
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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012

70cl, 54.5%

Lagavulin's special Islay Jazz Festival release from 2012, matured in a single refill Sherry butt and bottled at cask strength! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012

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

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old

70cl, 51%

The 2013 Fèis Ìle bottling from Lagavulin is sublime 18 year old selected by Iain McArthur distilled in 1995. A real highlight of the Islay whisky festival, 3,000 of these sherry matured bottles have…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old
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Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 54.7%

Taken from European oak Sherry butts specially selected by Iain McArthur, this Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling of Lagavulin was distilled back in 1995 and stood out as one of the best festival release of the…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014

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 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 1991 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 59.9%

A 'triple matured' single malt distilled in 1991, matured in bourbon casks with a short period in PX Sherry butts and finally a long, gentle third maturation in old puncheons. Bottled at 59.9% abv in…  More info

Lagavulin 1991 - Feis Ile 2015
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