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Lagavulin 16 Year Old
10.08.20172 Min Read — In General

About the Distillery

Lagavulin distillery is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Lagavulin on the island of Islay, Scotland.

The standard Lagavulin single malt is 16 years old (43%), though they regularly release a 12-year-old cask strength variety, a Distiller's edition finished in Pedro Ximénez casks, and 25- and 30-year-old varieties.

Lagavulin is produced by United Distillers & Vintners, which in turn is owned by Diageo plc. It is marketed under their Classic Malts brand.

The name of Lagavulin is an anglicization 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—which one is not exactly known. Records show illicit distillation in at least ten illegal distilleries on the site as far back as 1742, however. 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. The Lagavulin distillery is located in the village of the same name.

Lagavulin is known for its producer's use of a slow distillation speed and pear shaped pot stills. The two wash stills have a capacity of 11,000 litres and the two spirit stills of 12,500 litres each. Source: Wikipedia


Our Take

An alluring and beautiful dark golden colour reveals a bold and strong overpowering aroma characteristic of an intense whiskey.

This very masculine whiskey is a peat machine that delivers an extra long finish with lots of burnt wood that will linger like the end of a night around the fireplace with good friends.

Not for those looking for a light whiskey.

"A tonsil tingler"


Details

StyleSingle Malt Scotch
RegionIslay
Alcohol43%

Our Score

Aroma8/10
Taste7/10
Finish8/10
Overall8/10