Whisky fans will aso be able to enjoy a dram of their favourite whisky whilst virtually exploring the Lagavulin distillery, from the comfort of their own homes.
It's the second distillery to open its distillery doors in this way by working with Google Business View. Google’s Business View is a free 360˚ virtual tour that will allow people to see inside the walls of single malt Scotch whisky distillerie Lagavulin live from their laptops, iPads and other digital devices!
Commenting on the news, Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo, Dr Nicholas Morgan, said: “All of our whisky distilleries are unique and all happen to be located in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Many aspire to visit, but only a few can. So we’re delighted that this technology can open doors for whisky fans across the world, to give enthusiasts an insight into the craftsmanship and hard work that goes into creating these whiskies.”
With this new technology, whisky fans will have the opportunity to tour Diageo distilleries that sit in remote parts of Scotland, from the coast of Kildalton to the Black Isle encouraging people to discover the stories behind these world-renowned brands regardless of whether they are able to travel there in person.
Visit Lagavulin Distillery
Situated at the picturesque Lagavulin Bay, this is an experience not to be missed. Take a tour of the distillery, see our distillers at work and view the unusual pear shaped stills. Peated malt, slow distillation and long maturation together ensure Lagavulin develops a complex, rich, peaty character. Lagavulin is a spirit which likes to take its time. Please find our 2015 Feis Ile programme in the our shop section.
Nestled on the South of Islay, Scotland’s whisky island, Lagavulin can be found sitting quietly in its small and beautiful bay. As one of Scotland’s most famous whiskies Lagavulin embodies the flavours of the island on which it sits with its rich fruit & smooth smoky flavours complimented by a good dose of Islay peat & crisp sea salt.
Widely known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay, has everything you could possibly ask for from a small Scottish island. The landscape and scenery changes dramatically as you journey round the island from the long sand shores of Machir bay to the rugged cliffs of the Oa, the island has plenty of spectacular views and walks to offer those keen on the outdoors. Islay is also home to some of the rarest & most charismatic wildlife in the UK from the hairy highland cows to the soaring sea eagles there is plenty to see on your journey to the distillery.
Once reaching Lagavulin our enthusiastic team in both the visitors centre and the distillery will ensure you are completely clued up on the secrets of our world famous malt before you leave us. If you’ve been round a few distilleries before you reach us then head down to the warehouse and visit the legend himself, Ian McArthur, to hear what really happens whilst our spirit sleeps for 16 years, he’ll show you exactly why time is so important to Lagavulin.
To visit the virtual tour click here: Lagavulin Distillery
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Where's Lagavulin famous about?
Since 1816, Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky has been made in a picturesque huddle of buildings on Lagavulin Bay. Perhaps the most beautifully situated of distilleries, Lagavulin makes arguably the most intense, smoky and rich whisky of all. For many, this is the definitive Islay malt.
Above all, Islay means peat. Miles and miles of peat bog in the west of the island provide the raw material whose influence so characterises the south eastern Islay malts, of which Lagavulin™ is perhaps best known. Lagavulin’s™ rich peaty water runs down the brown burn to the distillery from the Solan Lochs in the hills above the distillery.
There's nothing rushed about Islay, nor is there about Lagavulin™; before being bottled, the malt spends sixteen unhurried years maturing in oak casks, the longest maturation period for any of the Classic Malts offerings.
Long fermentation, long distillation and long maturation together ensure that Lagavulin develops all of its long, rich, peaty character. It’s is a spirit that likes to take its time. The definitive Islay malt demands nothing less.
Great homes of malt whisky the greatest is surely Islay,
Islay gives home even today to seven active malt distilleries. And first among the Islay malts is Lagavulin™ - the definitive Islay malt.
As early as 1742, there were perhaps ten illicit stills operating at Lagavulin. In 1816 local farmer and distiller John Johnston founded the first legal distillery, within view of Dunyvaig Castle, once the stronghold of the Lords of the Isles.
A year later Archibald Campbell founded a second, which seems later to have traded under the name Ardmore. After Johnston's death the two were united, when Glasgow-based Islay malt merchant Alexander Graham, to whom Johnston had been in debt, acquired Lagavulin for the princely sum of £1,103 9s 8d.
Graham improved the buildings and his successors, James Logan Mackie & Co., carried on the business successfully. As a result, Lagavulin went from strength to strength.
Owner Peter Mackie became famous throughout the whisky world as the creator of the famous blend, White Horse. A man driven by the Victorian work ethic and so nicknamed by his staff "Restless Peter", he was continually planning fresh ventures, one of which the famous "traditional" Malt Mill distillery opened alongside Lagavulin in 1908 and closed in 1960.
Mackie was also committed to ensuring Lagavulin continued to be produced with meticulous attention to detail. The barley used to distil Lagavulin™ is malted at nearby Port Ellen and has a strong peat "reek" - it has perhaps twenty times as much exposure to peat smoke as a typical Speyside, Cragganmore. Fermentation of the barley is a slow process, too. Between 55 and 75 hours are taken for the full peat-rich flavour of the locally-malted barley to come through.
The four stills at Lagavulin, two of them pear-shaped in the style inherited from Malt Mill, take this peaty wort and give it all the time and care it deserves. Following the original practice, Lagavulin™ receives the slowest distillation of any Islay malt - around five hours for the first distillation and more than nine hours for the second. This long distillation is often said to give Lagavulin™ the characteristic roundness and soft, mellow edges that devotees rightly prize.
Lagavulin™ is a powerful yet wonderfully rounded pleasure. Its recently described "awesome power and marvellous complexity of flavours" are enjoyed by a significant number of malt lovers, for whom this big, dark, intense character just is malt.
Perhaps "Restless Peter" can rest easy at last....