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 »
A 15 year old Lagavulin bottled for The Syndicate. This is a group of gentlemen who select casks that they like from around Scotland and have them bottled by their friends at Bruichladdich. The bottlings are well respected and widely considered to be of very high quality.
A 1993 vintage Lagavulin bottled as a special release available from the distillery at the 2007 Islay Festival. A hit with almost all who have tasted it, averaging a score of 90/100 with the Malt Maniacs.
Lagavulin is probably Diageo's most highly-rated distillery, with its muscular peaty presence and flashes of honey sending most of the cognoscenti into a swoon. This 15yo from 1993 is probably the most eagerly-awaited of the Managers' Choice series, particularly as it's one of only a handful of sherried single cask Lagavulins ever released.
Another Lagavulin in the 2012 Special Releases line-up, joining the ever present 12 year old. This is a much more limited edition 21 year old bottling, matured in first fill ex-sherry European oak casks filled in 1991. This has had quite a bit of buzz about it and we expect it to live up to the pedigree.
Malt Advocate 19th Annual Awards: Islay Single Malt of the Year
A litre bottle of the first ever edition of Lagavulin bottled under the Distiller's Edition label, which has become a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add even more richness and sweetness.
A 1970s bottling of Lagavulin at 12 years old bottled by "White Horse Distillers". This is a reference to the Lagavulin sharing the same ownership as the White Horse blend, of which Lagavulin is a major constituent part.