United Kingdom, Scotland Founded in 1816

Lagavulin Whisky from the Islay is one of the most recognized single malts around, known for its smoky, peaty and salty notes that are influenced by its environment.

Many agree that the peat and smoke-filled flavour profile of Lagavulin Whisky is an acquired taste. Appreciating it usually takes some practice and you shouldn’t be afraid to dilute it with a few drops of water to let the aromas develop fully. This challenging character is one of the reasons that Lagavulin has built a strong following around the world – in the words of the Distillery Manager Georgie Crawford: “…when you do get to a place where you have tamed it, you feel you have achieved something great, and it will just keep giving you great pleasure then!”

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".

Over the course of Parks and Rec’s 7 seasons, Ron Swanson went from a government-hating divorcee with a saxophone-playing secret identity to a National Park superintendent and happily-married father. But one thing always remained certain; Ron loved to enjoy a certain dram of Whisky called Lagavulin 16.

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.
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  • smoky
  • peaty
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • fire
  • phenols
  • citrus
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Lagavulin was one of the most popular names among single malts already in 1904. According to the Whisky writer of the time, Alfred Barnard, it was “ such demand that the orders exceed the output”.
In 1908, Peter Mackie built a second distillery at Lagavulin and called it Malt Mill. It closed in 1962, and there’s only one bottle of its Whisky known to exist that is stored at Lagavulin Distillery. However, if you watch the movie Angel’s Share, you might believe otherwise…

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Lagavulin Distillery is located in the Kildalton area of the isle of Islay, in the small Lagavulin Bay. Standing right on the shore, it has a wooden pier extending into the sea that used to serve as a docking for ships bringing supplies in the bay and leaving with Whisky.

There are records that refer to production in Lagavulin, of significant enough volume to be written about, back in 1742. It is believed that distillation and the production of water of life, was done by monks in this area of Islay, as far back as the 14th century, with some of that taking place at Dunyvaig castle in Lagavulin Bay.

Lagavulin Distillery was legalised in 1816 by John Johnston, but it was the Mackie family, who entered the business in 1850, that influenced Lagavulin the most and made it one of the larger Islay distilleries.

Peter Mackie, who was the head of the distillery for close to 50 years, was known as “restless Peter” among the employees, for he was never short of something new to do and liked to say that “nothing is impossible.”

At Lagavulin Distillery, barley is dried over peat fire and Whisky is aged in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks, while being exposed to the influences of the sea. As a result, Lagavulin malts have complex character, where peaty and salty notes combine with the Sherry sweetness.

Distillery info:
  • Country United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Established 1816
  • Owner Diageo
  • Type Single malt
  • No. of stills 4
  • Visitor center Yes
  • Status Active
  • Address Distillery Cottages, Lagavulin, Isle of Islay PA42 7DZ, United Kingdom
  • Phone 01496 302749
  • Website
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