Part of the triumvirate of heavily-peated southern Islay malts, alongside LVMH's Ardbeg and Beam Global's Laphroaig, Lagavulin was officially founded in 1816 by John Johnston (although illicit distillation is said to have been carried out on the site since the mid-eighteenth centrury) and has been the Islay representative of Diageo's Classic Malt selection since 1987. The histories of Lagavulin and Laphroaig have been closely tied together, with Laphroaig said to have been founded by the son of the founder of Lagavulin. They were both called Johnston, you see. People talk.
APPEARANCE :Golden TreacleNOSE :Intense peat and vanilla. A raisin sweetness checks the smoke. Iodine-edged peat and crisp, roasty malt. Satisfying and enticing.BODY :Full and rich.PALATE :Sweet and luscious; a clear, grassy malt, then the peat attacks, smoke filling the mouth. A very salty tang at one point; the middle offers coffee and vanilla with a glimmer of fruit.FINISH :Incredibly long, even for Islay. Fruit, peat and long-lasting oak. Very chewable and “more-ish”.