Lagavulin

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Lagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, PA42 7DZ
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Co-ordinates" Co-ordinates: 55.635521, -6.126225
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1496 302 749
Email" Email: lagavulin.distillery[at]diageo.com
Web" Web: https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/lagavulin/
Twitter" Twitter: Lagavulin (@LagavulinWhisky)

Facts and figures

LocationLagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, PA42 7DZ
Founded1816
OwnerDiageo
Water SourceSolum Lochs

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary through the year; check for details of opening hours

Tours

Lagavulin Distillery Tour £6

This tour of the process at Lagavulin Distillery includes a dram of one of our core range and a complimentary glass and a voucher for £5 off the purchase of a 70cl single malt

Mini Nips & Nibbles Tasting £6/£10

This self taught tasting includes 2 tastes of our rich whisky paired up with some sweet treats to enchance our smokey full bodied malt or for £10 try all 3 of main Lagavulin releases accompanied by some of Scotland’s finest chocolates.

Sensory Tasting Experience £35

To celebrate our bicentenary at Lagavulin this year we have created our very own Lagavulin world. Join us and immerse yourself in the taste, smells and sounds of place that makes our award winning whisky. This is an experience you can enjoy again and again with your very own Lagavulin kit which you take home at the end of the experience.

Premium Tasting £23

Hosted by one of our passionate Lagavulin staff this tasting experience will start with our classic Lagavulin 16 year old and then lead you through the range of Lagavulin alongside some interesting cask samples to let you examine the many flavours found in our robust whisky. Includes a 30 minute distillery tour followed by 5 tastes, a complimentary glass and a voucher for £5 off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky. **Please book at least 1 hour in advance to avoid disappointment.**

Warehouse Demonstration £23

This experience examines the journey of our spirit through the maturation process. We start off with a younger Lagavulin and work through samples drawn, in front of you, from our duty paid casks. Our very own Lagavulin Legend, Iain MacArthur, will host most days. Includes a complimentary glass and a voucher for £5 off the purchase of a 70cl single malt whisky.

Core Range Tasting Tour £15

Ideal for those that have visited several distilleries, this experience combines a 30 minute tour with a 30 minute tasting. Enjoy a relaxed look at the production areas followed by a tasting of our core range which includes the 16 year old Lagavulin, Lagavulin Distillers Edition & the cask strength 12 year old Lagavulin. **Please book at least 1 hour in advance to avoid disappointment.**

History

Lagavulin is one of Diageo's Classic Malts.

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.
Information correct as of 06/05/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Lagavulin Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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