Lagavulin 16 Year Old | The Story Behind The Lagavulin Distillery

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

There are so many popular Scottish whiskies in the world that is hard to narrow it down to our favourites. From the Lagavulin 16 Year Old to the Balvennie Doublewood, our whisky collection grows larger by the day.

We’re here today to look at Lagavulin Distillery and the story behind such an iconic Scottish whisky. With a vibrant history, a prime location and brilliantly rare whiskies such as the Lagavulin 16 Year Old, Lagavulin is set to be around for centuries.


The distillery is set on the iconic island of Islay, off the West coast of Scotland. Nestled in between two other distilleries in the Kildalton area of the island (Ardbeg and Laphroaig), the Lagavulin distillery is one of the main distillers on the island.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old


There has been a distillery or distilling house on the spot since the 1700s, although part of this time was spent as an illegal distillation and the distillery did not open ‘officially’ until the early 19th century. There have even been other distilleries on the site including the Malt Mill Distillery and the Ardmore Distillery. There has been only the one ‘Lagavulin’ distillery on the site since about 1840.

The newest parts of the building include the mash tun that was installed in 1996 and the visitor centre which was established in 1998 is one of the areas which had once been a malting room for the previous Malt Mill Distillery.


The whisky produced by the Lagavulin distillery is very stereotypical of an Islay whisky and is very peaty, with deep smoky undertones. It is absolutely a marmite-whisky with people either choosing to love or hate its incredibly rich flavour.

Lagavulin 16 Year Old

·       Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Although the Lagavulin 16 Year Old is one of the most sought-after among the brand’s offerings, there are only some of the bottlings left that were pre-Diageo. Diageo is the multinational spirits brand that became owners of Lagavulin in the late 80s and early 90s.

Some bottles do exist from when the company White Horse Distillers owned the distillery, back in the early 20th century, pre-1925.

One such bottle can be found from The Rare Malt Whisky Company, who are retailing a bottle from this era that has the Royal Warrant on both the bottle and box, so you can be assured of the quality of the whisky.

If you wish to own a little piece of Lagavulin, and Islay’s, history then this bottle is a must-have for any collector’s cabinet.