Lagavulin 26 Year Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aged 26 years, this is some of the oldest Lagavulin whisky to be released. Matured in a combination of first-fill Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso seasoned sherry casks, the rich and smoky 88.4-proof expression is limited to 7,542 bottles worldwide.
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Situated on the banks of Lagavulin Bay on the island of Islay, Lagavulin Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Distilling took place on the banks of Lagavulin Bay as early as 1742, and by the turn of the century, there were as many as ten illicit stills operating in the area. In 1816, John Johnson founded the first legal distillery on the site, and within a year Archibald Campbell had opened a second. After Johnson's death, Alexander Graham acquired Johnston's distillery for £1,100 and eventually united the two distilleries together under the Lagavulin name. Since that time, the rich, peaty water that runs down the brown burn and through the Solan Lochs into the hills just next to Lagavulin Bay has served as the lifeblood of the distillery.

Lagavulin is known as one of the most intense, smoky single malt whiskies ever made — the peated barley used to create Lagavulin Single Malt has up to twenty times as much exposure to peat smoke as compared to typical Scotches. Once the grains used to craft Lagavulin Whisky have been harvested and malted, they are dried over a peat and gas fire calibrated specifically to produce Lagavulin's signature, bold flavor profile. Then, the grains are milled and mashed before being fermented for approximately 72 hours. Following fermentation, the whisky is distilled twice — first through a wash still for approximately five hours and then again through a spirit distill for approximately nine hours. This is the slowest distillation process of any Islay distillery, giving Lagavulin its characteristic round flavors and mellow edges.

Diageo's 2021 Special Releases Collection follows the theme of hidden stories within iconic distilleries, connected via mythical creatures depicted on the bottles. Lagavulin 26 Year Old was aged in a combination of first-fill Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso seasoned sherry casks. It's a rich and smoky 88.4-proof expression that is limited to 7,542 bottles worldwide.

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Proof 88.4 (44.2% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Lagavulin Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with a combination of wine and wood aromas with baked figs and peat. The savory palate has brine, pepper, and plenty of Lagavulin's characteristic smoke notes. The finish is long and sweet.
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