Aged in oak casks for at least sixteen years, this much sought-after single malt has the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.
Lagavulin distillery is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Lagavulin on the island of Islay. Lagavulin is produced by United Distillers & Vintners, which in turn is owned by Diageo plc. The name of Lagavulin is an anglicisation of the Gaelic lag a'mhuilin, meaning "hollow by the mill". The distillery of Lagavulin officially dates from 1816, when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell constructed two distilleries on the site.
One of them became Lagavulin, taking over the other. In the 19th century, several legal battles ensued with their neighbour Laphroaig, brought about after the distiller at Lagavulin, Sir Peter Mackie, leased the Laphroaig distillery. It is said that Mackie attempted to copy Laphroaig's style. Since the water and peat at Lagavulin's premises was different from that at Laphroaig's, the result was different. Lagavulin is known for its producer's use of a slow distillation speed and pear shaped pot stills.
|Age:||16 years old|
|Strength:||43.0 % Vol.|
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Nose: Intensely flavoured, peat smoke with iodine and seaweed and a rich, deep sweetness.
Palate: Dry peat smoke fills the palate with a gentle but strong sweetness, followed by sea and salt with touches of wood.
Finish: A long, elegant peat-filled finish with lots of salt and seaweed.