Lagavulin,pronounced as La-ga-voolin, is one of the three Kildalton Distilleries in the south of Islay and sits in between Ardbeg and Laphroaig at the “Hollow by the Mill”.
Lagavulin Distillery officially dates from 1816, though records show distillation on the site as far back as 1742. Originally there were two distilleries operating on this site, the first established in 1816 believed to be named “Kildalton”, and the second in 1817 named Lagavulin. There were also other small distilleries on the same site, Malt Mill Distillery and Ardmore Distillery.
Lagavulin Single Malt Whisky is characterized by its strong peat flavour and iodine overtones. The iodine flavour tends to divide tasters into love it or hate it groups with no middle ground, and it may not be suitable for new whisky drinkers with phenol levels running at 40 p.p.m.
Lagavulin is produced by White Horse Distillers which is owned by United Distillers & Vinters which in turn is owned by Diageo plc.