A man who drops this kind of logic deserves a Whisky article in his honour. So…
From keeping a bottle in his office at all times to finally visiting Lagavulin distillery in season 6, the drink makes several appearances throughout the TV show and in many ways becomes the iconic symbol of Ron’s personality.
Today the land is a fully functioning distillery producing just under 2.5 million litres of Whisky spirit every year. To give you some context Glenfiddich distillery produces about 13 million litres each year while Jack Daniels produce a whopping 90 million litres per year! Despite its smaller volume Lagavulin has become one of the most iconic distilleries not only on Islay but across Scotland.
So what makes Lagavulin so special?
The makers are renowned for their slower distillation process that includes a long fermentation and creates a product that will definitely not be your new light, breakfast dram. Like most distilleries there is a range of expressions available but this slow process of creating the base spirit ensures that all of them share the classic richness of a Lagavulin Scotch.
By no means however is this an introductory Whisky. This expression has won a whole host of industry awards over the years and is arguably one of the most complex tasting Whiskies at its price range.
The Distiller’s Edition is the result of transferring the Whisky into Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks for the final stages of maturation. Pedro Ximenez Sherry is a dark and sweet desert wine and the flavours that pass into the Whisky from its barrels are intense enough to not get lost in the richness of Lagavulin.
The 12 year old is the younger version of the 16 year old and sold at a higher price point. Why you ask? Well, firstly this is bottled straight from the cask at a much higher percentage of ABV (56%-57% depending on the edition). Secondly, and this also applies to the Distiler’s Edition, the Whisky is rarer and only a fixed amount are bottled each year as part of vintage editions. Prices will vary depending on this vintage and connoisseurs will attempt to pick apart the nuances between each expression.
Outside of these 3 there are also a lot more unique expressions that you may like to explore from Lagavulin.
For example, 2016 saw the distillery celebrate its 200th anniversary with exclusive bottlings of an 8 year old and 25 year old Scotch.
Undoubtedly adding more expressions to the range might be the result of Ron buying his 51% stake in the distillery in the show’s final episode!
Right I’ve got my bottle. How do I drink Lagavulin?