Lagavulin is an iconic Islay malt, its intense and smoky spirit steeped in history for over 200 years. The distillery is nestled in a rocky bay still dominated by a ruined castle that was once home to the Lords of the isle.
Selected for its high peating level, this unique and small batch of Lagavulin has been matured in traditional refill American oak casks–the result is a perfect expression of distillery character, rounded yet proudly dimmed by time.
A special batch of cask-strength Lagavulin 12-year-old from American oak refill casks has been bottled in this series every year since 2002. Variations between the different batches to date, which have often been vatted from whiskies at least 12 years old, make for fascinating comparison.
The Special Releases collection is a carefully curated annual selection of Diageo’s most precious stocks. It includes rare offerings from famous names, as well as supreme examples of the less well known, and closed, or ‘ghost’, distilleries. Connoisseurs and collectors can purchase the special releases with confidence knowing they come from the distillery of origin.
The Whiskies are natural in colour, hold a natural cask strength and none are not chill-filtered. Nothing is added, nothing removed, the precious liquid presented in each bottle the creation of pure mastery of distillery craft. “One of the biggest and most prestigious annual whisky launches” - The Whisky Exchange