Lagavulin, located on the southern coast of Islay near the village of Port Ellen, is renowned for its peaty and complex whiskies, often characterised by a combination of maritime and medicinal notes.
Currently owned by Diageo, Lagavulin has a long history dating back to its official founding year in 1816. However, illicit distillation likely occurred on the site long before that.
House Style & Peat Levels
Lagavulin whiskies are known for their intense peat smoke, maritime influence, and complex flavour profile. Lagavulin is often associated with a high level of peatiness, and its whiskies are appreciated by enthusiasts who enjoy the bold and robust character of peated Islay malts.
Lagavulin whiskies typically undergo maturation in a combination of American oak and European oak casks, including ex-bourbon barrels and sherry casks.
Lagavulin Distillery has a visitor centre that welcomes whisky enthusiasts for a variety of guided tours and experiences. From a Classic Tour to Sensory Tasting or Warehouse Experience (which includes cask sampling), there is plenty for visitors to explore across the historic distillery buildings.