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Lagavulin Whisky

Lagavulin seems to have a dry smokiness that reminds people of Lapsang Souchong tea, but also notes of blackberries and bog myrtle. This tea-like quality makes it a moreish Islay whisky, that pairs so well with shellfish, chocolate and creamy blue cheese. Everybody should try the 16 year old before properly answering the question 'Do I like whisky?'

 

Founded

1816

Owner

Diageo

Production Status

Operational

Capacity

2,400,000 Litres

 

Lagavulin (Laga-voolin) means 'the hollow where the mill is.' Perhaps 'the hollow where the still is' would be a better description since it is believed that there were up to ten illicit stills in this area in the mid eighteenth century with Lagavulin itself being established in 1816. It became one of Diageo's flagship 'Classic Malts' in 1989 and its success has surprised its owners as its robust, uncompromising styles was thought to be an end point in a journey towards whisky appreciation. We find that it is now often the first love for whisky fans as it is simply so distinctive.

 

There are four relatively small, fat stills and the second distillation in particular is done very slowly and gives the malt its characteristic roundness and soft, mellow edges. Fermentation is also pretty slow - at least 55 hours - which the distillers say allows a fuller, richer peatiness to come through.

 

A noteable figure in the distillery's history is Peter Mackie, who created the White Horse Blend. In a sustained fit of annoyance in 1908, he built a replica distillery of Laphroaig at Lagavulin called Malt Mill. He did this because he had lost the agency for Laphroaig malt so it seems to have been out of spite. The interesting thing to note is that although he is sure he managed to faithfully replicate the distillery just two miles away, it made a spirit that was distinct from Laphroaig as well as Lagavulin.

 

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A classic release from Diageo's Distillers Editions, this is Lagavulin from 1991 after a second maturation in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Classic Islay whisky.
Pedro Ximenez
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This Distillers Edition of Lagavulin was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2007 after being extra matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. This is the most popular release of all the Distillers Editions ...
Pedro Ximenez
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House Lannister is one of the oldest, richest and most powerful families in Westeros. They initially married with and eventually replaced House Baratheon on the Iron Throne. Their great rivalry with H...
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Lagavulin
£67.95
The trademark tea tree and lapsang flavours of the Lagavulin profile have been augmented in the Distiller's Edition by the Pedro Ximenez sherry casks used to finish the whisky. This gives it a sweet, ...
Sherry Finish
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Lagavulin
£91.95
Distilled in such a way to create a heavier spirit, aged in oak casks (mainly ex bourbon) for 16 years, Lagavulin has attained somewhat legendary status for being consistantly brilliant Islay single...
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Lagavulin
£24.95
Lagavulin 16 is probably one of the best official bottlings of Islay Whisky. Consistently great throughout the years, we reckon most of our staff have owned a bottle at one time or another...
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Lagavulin
£56.95
A special set of the original eight releases in the Game of Thrones Single Malt Whisky collection. All eight whiskies are accompanied by a bespoke dark weathered wood display chest adorned with the si...
The 2016 release from Lagavulin's popular series of Islay Jazz Festival bottlings. Coinciding with the distillery's 200th anniversary, this release was created using refill American oak hogsheads and ...
One of the most loved staples from Diageo's annual Special Releases. This edition was bottled for 2019 and has been matured in refill American oak casks. A definite statement of Lagavulin's distillery...
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Lagavulin
£109.95
Part of Diageo's Special Releases 2018, and although a permanent fixture the annual release of 12 Year Old Lagavulin is a cause for celebration and should not be taken for granted. As expected, the m...
Bourbon
Lagavulin
£115.95
Part of Diageo's Special Releases 2017, but really the 12 Year Old Lagavulin is a thing in its own right, being a small batch release from one of the world's greatest distilleries. As is usual, this i...
Bourbon
Lagavulin
£89.95
Of all the releases within the Manager's Choice range, this is probably the most desirable. A single ex-sherry cask from probably Diageo's most distinguished distillery, it didn't last long on the she...
Sherry
Lagavulin
£1,395.00
The annual series of 12 year olds from Lagavulin is consistently brilliant, but then you would expect that from such a top tier distillery. This one is extra special, given it marks the 200th annivers...
Lagavulin
£86.95
Bottled in 2006 as a 30 Year Old and limited to 2340 bottles. A classic release from a brilliant distillery.
Lagavulin
Lagavulin 1976 52.6% 70cl
£1,995.00
Lagavulin is 200! It's quite an achievement to have been producing such acclaimed whisky for that long and we were certainly fans of this limited release when it hit our shelves.
Lagavulin
£49.95
The Feis Ile is one of the highlights of the whisky calendar, not least because of the very limited bottlings made for the occasion. There were only 3,000 of these Lagavulins made available at the tim...
Lagavulin
£595.00
Only 1,500 bottles of this delicious dram from Lagavulin were released to celebrate the 2013 Islay Jazz festival.
Lagavulin
£625.00

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