Lagavulin 16 years old
£48.50 (£69.29 per litre)
Pungent and potent, this is the great Islay malt. With richly peaty, deep, smoky flavours, it has an intense, long, ambrosial finish. Loch water rushing over rocky falls, barley malted over moorland peat, slow distillation and long maturation in oak casks; all help us to shape Lagavulin's robust and smoky character.""Time"", say the Islanders, takes out the fire but leaves in the warmth. Many believe that this is one of the oldest distillery sites in Scotland. In 1816 local farmer and distiller John Johnston founded the first legal distillery here at Lagavulin (pronounced Laga-voolin, after the Gaelic Laggan Mhouillin,""the hollow where the mill is""). Today, the four onion-shaped stills at Lagavulin are neatly tucked into a whitewashed jumble of buildings by the sea on Islay's (pronounced Eye-la) rocky southern shore, guarded by the imposing ruin of Dunyvarg Castle. There's nothing hurried about life on Islay or about dark, intense Lagavulin, which receives the slowest distillation of any Islay malt, then spends sixteen years in old oak casks before being bottled. Lagavulin is the majestic Islay destination on a journey around Scotland's six malt whisky making regions. The other Classic Malts are: Glenkinchie Lowland. Dalwhinnie Highland. Cragganmore Speyside. Talisker Island. Oban Western Highland
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