Lagavulin Islay Single Malt Skotsk Whisky
Founded: Status: Capacity:
1816 Active (vc) 2 250 000 litres
Address: Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll PA42 7DZ
01496 302749 (vc) www.malts.com
1816 – John Johnston founds the distillery.
1825 – John Johnston takes over the adjacent distillery Ardmore founded in 1817 by Archibald Campbell and closed in 1821.
1835 – Production at Ardmore ceases.
1837 – Both distilleries are merged and operated under the name Lagavulin by Donald Johnston.
1852 – The brother of the wine and spirits dealer Alexander Graham, John Crawford Graham, purchases the distillery.
1867 – The distillery is acquired by James Logan Mackie & Co. and refurbishment starts.
1878 – Peter Mackie is employed.
1889 – James Logan Mackie passes away and nephew Peter Mackie inherits the distillery.
1890 – J. L. Mackie & Co. changes name to Mackie & Co. Peter Mackie launches White Horse onto the export market with Lagavulin included in the blend. White Horse blended is not available on the domestic market until 1901.
1908 – Peter Mackie uses the old distillery buildings to build a new distillery, Malt Mill, on the site.
1924 – Peter Mackie passes away and Mackie & Co. changes name to White Horse Distillers.
1927 – White Horse Distillers becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).
1930 – The distillery is administered under Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
1952 – An explosive fire breaks out and causes considerable damage.
1960 – Malt Mills distillery closes and today it houses Lagavulin’s visitor centre.
1974 – Floor maltings are decommisioned and malt is bought from Port Ellen instead.
1988 – Lagavulin 16 years becomes one of six Classic Malts.
1998 – A Pedro Ximenez sherry finish is launched as a Distillers Edition.
2002 – Two cask strengths (12 years and 25 years) are launched.
2006 – A 30 year old is released.
2007 – A 21 year old from 1985 and the sixth edition of the 12 year old are released.
2008 – A new 12 year old is released.
2009 – A new 12 year old appears as a Special Release.
2010 – A new edition of the 12 year old, a single cask exclusive for the distillery and a Manager´s Choice single cask are released.
2011 – The 10th edition of the 12 year old cask strength is released.
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