Part of the triumvirate of heavily-peated southern Islay malts, alongside LVMH's Ardbeg and Beam Global's Laphroaig, Lagavulin was officially founded in 1816 by John Johnston (although illicit distillation is said to have been carried out on the site since the mid-eighhteenth centrury) and has been the Islay representative of Diageo's Classic Ma ... Read More »
The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers. Malt Maniacs Awards 2010 & 2011: Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Daily Drams) IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Bottled in 2012, this 1996 edition of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition (probably the most sought after in the range) combines the regular rich, peat smoke that the distillery is known for with a finishing period in sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for even more depth of flavour.
The 12th release of 12 year old Lagavulin from Diageo's Special Releases range. A perennial favourite, balancing price against a punchy cask strength edition of whisky from one of Islay's most mysterious distilleries.
As reliably excellent as ever, the 2011 Special Releases Lagavulin 12yo was distilled in 1999 and vatted from refill American oak casks. As you'd expect, this is a very upfront, sooty-sweet Lagavulin in the classic style. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 12 years and under
The 13th release of Lagavulin 12 year old from Diageo's Special Releases range. A longstanding favourite, this was the biggest and most fully flavoured of the 2013 lineup, and could well be the best 12yo yet.
Lagavulin 12yo is always one of the most anticipated bottlings in Diageo's Special Releases. As before, this is a full strength bottling from American oak casks. Malt Maniacs Awards 2011: Best Natural Cask Award (Daily Drams)
The 7th release of the annual Lagavulin 12 year old as part of Diageo's special releases. Typically peaty and slightly more fiery than the standard 16 year old bottling, Serge Valentin gave this one 89 points over on whiskyfun.com.
The 4th release of Lagavulin's entry in Diageo's yearly Special Releases collection - the ever reliable 12 year old. Fresher and more feisty than the 16 year old, it's both an excellent whisky in its own right as well as a way to see how Lagavulin develops over the years.
With all your favourite Lagavulin characteristics, allied to an extra layer of sweetness, this is the most consistently excellent of the highly popular Distiller's Edition series. Winner of a Gold Medal and Best in Class at the IWSC, as well as the 'Best Peated Malt' in the Premium category at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008.
Finished in casks previously containing Pedro Ximenez sherry, this Lagavulin is the most popular of the 'Distillers Edition' expressions of the Classic Malts. A delicious layer of sherry sweetness smooths out the rough edges of the standard bottling.