Lagavulin is a classic single malt is probably one of the most memorable Scotch single malts you will ever come across because it’s the most pungent and peaty of all the Islay malts.
Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical support from those that love it.
Situated in a small bay near the south coast of Islay, this lovely distillery stands near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle.
The first part was built in 1742 and was ultimately established in 1816 making it one of the oldest of whisky distilleries.
Lagavulin (pronounced "Lagga-voolin") means "the hollow where the mill is" and two ancient millstones survive to this day among other incongruous stones around the site.
There are reputed to have been 10 illicit stills on this bay in the mid 1700s, not least because by a curious twist of fate,
Islay was the only place in Scotland where no Excise officer operated between 1707 and 1823.
They went legal in 1816 and there were certainly two distilleries here in the early 1800s, combining in the 1830s.
By 1875 the master distiller was producing 75,000 gallons of whisky and in 1890 it was bought by Mackie & Co of Glasgow.
Lagavulin became the distillery of "Restless Peter" Mackie, creator of the "White Horse" blend.
The distillery uses Larch wood washbacks and individual onion-shaped stills with unique steep swan-necked lye pipes which the distillers claim profoundly affect the taste and refuse to change in any way.
Today the distillery is now owned and run by the Diageo group.
Port Ellen, Isle of Islay PA42 7DZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1496 302749 Fax: +44 (0) 1496 302733
Since the water and peat at Lagavulin's premises is different from that at Laphroaig's, the result is quite different.
Their unique malt is slow distilled giving a deep flavour potential and richness to the spirit that improves with age.
The standard single malt is 16 years old and the deep peat smoke aroma is unmistakable and unforgettable.
It is described as being robustly full-bodied, well balanced, and smooth, with a slight sweetness on the palate.
The standard single malt is 16 years old (43%), though they regularly release a 12 year old cask strength variety, Distiller's edition, finished in Pedro Ximénez casks, as well as 25 and 30 year old varieties.
I guess I've whetted your taste buds, so if you want to purchase any of the superb Lagavulin whiskies my suggestion is to visit The Whisky Exchange they are whisky specialists and really do know their stuff.