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 Looking into the bay at Lagavulin distilleryLagavulin 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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    1995 Jazz Festival 2013 51.9% 70cl

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    16 Year Old 43% 20cl

    £21.95
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