| Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky (16 Years)|
The Lagavulin 16 year Scotch is a wonderfully complex and intriguing beverage. Consistently given very high ratings, this scotch showcases nice smoky aromas, and flavors of sherry, smoky peat, and sea salt. This scotch is sure to please all lovers of fine scotch whisky.
Outstanding aromas fill the glass with smoky peat, Sherry wood and sea salt; extraordinarily perfumed moderately full-bodied with a viscous mouthfeel. -99 PTS BEVERAGE TESTING INSTITUTE.
The Lagavulin Distillery
Situated in a small bay near the south coast of Islay, Lagavulin stands near the ruins of Dunyveg Castle. It was from here that 1,000 Islaymen set sail to fight alongside Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314, and in this bay the Macdonalds maintained their power base as Lords of the Isles until they were finally driven out by the Campbells three centuries later.
Lagavulin legitimately claims to be one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Distilling on the site is thought to date from as early as 1742. In the late 1700s it is believed that there were up to ten illicit stills operating in the district. But by the 1830s only two distilleries remained in the bay. In 1837 these distilleries amalgamated to form Lagavulin. At this stage the distillery was under the ownership of the Graham brothers and James Logan Mackie, uncle of Sir Peter Mackie who later became one of the 'big five' in the whisky industry.
The Distillery Today By 1875 Lagavulin was producing 75,000 gallons of whisky. It was chosen by United Distillers for their Classic Malts series in 1988/89 and is now more widely available.
Single malt Scotch: a delight usually refrained from until after dinner. Most popular pairing: the cigar
Lagavulin Single Malt is a single malt Scotch whisky produced on the island of Islay. It has been described as the "aristocrat" of Islays. It has an unmistakable, powerful, peat-smoke aroma. Described as being robustly full bodied, well-balanced and smooth with a slight sweetness on the palate.
The standard Lagavulin single malt is 16 years old (43%), though they have also released a 12 year old cask strength variety, Distiller's edition, finished in Pedro Ximénez casks as well as a 25 year old variety.
Lagavulin is produced by White Horse Distillers which is owned by United Distillers & Vintners which in turn is owned by Diageo plc. It is marketed under their Classic Malts brand.
The name is a modification of the Gaelic "lag a'mhuilin", meaning "hollow by the mill", and is thus pronounced "lag-a-VOO-lin".
1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
3/4 oz Sweet (red) Vermouth
Dash of Bitters (Angostura)