Lagavulin is a single malt whisky from the south coast of the island of Islay, like neighbours Laphroaig and Ardbeg it has a powerful peat smoke character. Distilling is said to have been going on at Lagavulin as early as 1742.
In 1816 local farmer John Johnston founded the first legal distillery, later aquired by Alexander Graham, whose successors the firm of James Logan Mackie & Co created the famous blend, White Horse. It is now owned by Diageo. For a significant part of the 20th century it”s alleged that production at Lagavulin was a leisurely 2 days per week (and then for only part of the year) which led to severe stock shortages, production was subsequently increased to run all year round, but stocks are not meeting demand. Additionally some recipe changes have affected the style from year to year – less peated malt and gradual change from traditional sherry butts to refill bourbon casks. Lagavulin is one of the original six Classic Malts range and a great representative of the rich peat smoke Islay style.