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Lagavulin 1979-2019 - 40 Year Old - The Syndicates - Single Cask 112

LOT ID: 1023-876

End Date : Jan 03 2024 08:19 PM

Total Bids: 12   

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Lagavulin 1979 - 2019. 40 Year Old. Bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery for The Syndicates. Cask number 112. One of 188 bottles. 700ml. 49.1%. No box.




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Distillery:  Lagavulin

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: The Syndicate

Region: Islay

Distilled Year: 1979

Bottling Year: 2019

Age: 40

Bottles Produced: 188

Limited Edition: yes

Cask Number: 112

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 49.1%

Lagavulin is one of the triumvirate of active distilleries on the southern coast of Islay, famed for their heavily-peated single malt whisky. Situated between Laphroaig and Ardbeg on the road from Port Ellen to Kildalton, Lagavulin is often considered the most stylistically elegant of the trio, perhaps because its entry-level 16-year-old is generally more nuanced than its neighbour’s standard 10-year-olds. Lagavulin’s house style also embraces a strong sweetness alongside its phenolicity.

Lagavulin has been a staple of United Distillers/Diageo’s regionally-themed Classic Malts range of single malt whiskies since the series first appeared in 1987. The distillery’s relatively low output and long ageing requirements mean that stocks must be carefully husbanded and independent bottlings of Lagavulin are therefore exceptionally rare, although some superb long-aged examples have appeared from The Syndicate, a mysterious cabal of Islay insiders.

The Syndicate is a group of private individuals who have bottled a small but significant string of outstanding casks of Islay whisky in the last few decades. The Syndicate is believed to have been formed in the 1980s by former Bruichladdich chairman Sir John MacTaggart, a prominent Islay landowner and businessman, along with members of his family and several whisky industry figures.

The majority of The Syndicate’s infrequent bottlings have been Lagavulin, including a superb parcel of casks from the 1979 vintage that have been released at ages from 15 to 40 years old and include some of the greatest ever bottlings from the distillery. Other notable Syndicate whiskies have included several casks of Laphroaig 1998 and Caol Ila 1990, and the only non-Islay bottling - a 1990 Macallan released in 2010.


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