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Lagavulin 1991 Single Cask

Created to celebrate 200 years of Lagavulin, this very special single malt is part of a run of just 522 bottles

Created to celebrate 200 years of Lagavulin, this very special single malt is part of a run of just 522 bottles. Only available through a ballot, the money raised will support charities on the Isle of Islay.

Lagavulin 1991 Single Cask
 52.7%   |    70cl

Gentle, well balanced and satisfying with a spicy, smoky ginger warmth. A true single cask bottling, each one comes from a hand selected Lagavulin sherry cask.

Gentle, well balanced and satisfying with a spicy, smoky ginger warmth. A true single cask bottling, each one comes from a hand selected Lagavulin sherry cask.

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Own the ultimate bottle of Lagavulin

The opportunity to own a Single Malt as rare as this 24 years old Lagavulin 1991 Single Cask comes around not very often. To celebrate 200 years of the Lagavulin distillery, the cask yielded an extremely limited out-turn of just 522 bottles, from a Lagavulin sherry cask laid down in 1991 and hand selected by the custodians of Lagavulin. Each bottle is individually numbered and comes with a matching numbered presentation box. This bottling will be in extremely high demand, so it’s only available through a bidding process. All the proceeds will go to Isle of Islay charities to support the people who give Lagavulin and the Island its distinctive spirit. 

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10000 + 20 /40 25050.0

Lagavulin 1991 Single Cask on the Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light

Region

Isle of Islay

Appearance

Complex. Dark chestnut with an olive hue; becoming a deep, crystal clear, amber with flashes of intense orange in direct sunlight.

Nose

Instant and insistent, yet remarkably light. Charred oak timbers, sawdust and voluptuous, mature, estery fruit are backed by subtle milk chocolate and vanilla.

Body

Medium to rich; smooth. Lighter and softly fluid with water.

Palate

Hot and sweet. A momentary, searing, woody dryness; then calmer with emollient, sweetly mentholic, chocolate notes and comforting honey underscored by a subtle chilli-like heat.

Finish

Gentle, well balanced and satisfying. Quietly persistent with tart, red berry notes, a little cedar and a spicy, smoky ginger warmth.

Information

Make: Lagavulin

Age: 24 Years Old

Strength: 52.7% ABV

Place of Origin: Lagavulin

Region: Isle of Islay

Nose

Instant and insistent, yet remarkably light. Charred oak timbers, sawdust and voluptuous, mature, estery fruit are backed by subtle milk chocolate and vanilla. With agitation, a faintly acetic recollection of grainy new make and the characteristic Lagavulin note of raw newsprint, developing burnt caramel, subtle spent match and a slight sapid, earthy, dampness. Later, a trace of ripe red apple and plum and an appetising suggestion of smoked fish dressed in appley olive oil.

Transformed by water: Fresh, sugary notes of candied peel, marzipan and royal icing; then the subtle sweet note of maple smoked foods. Later, honeyed with a trace of dark chocolate. Clean and detailed throughout.

Palate

Hot and sweet. A momentary, searing, woody dryness; then calmer with emollient, sweetly mentholic, chocolate notes and comforting honey underscored by a subtle chilli-like heat. An faint sawdust base note gives way to a glorious, rising bittersweet, charred, astringency in the mid-palate, acquiring notes of gritty cocoa against an espresso background into the finish.

Beautifully opened by water: succulent, sweet, warming, spicy notes are offset by a well judged balancing ripe fruit acidity. Then drier as more cocoa, crystallised ginger and a little peppermint leads to late silky, tongue coating, tannins.

Finish

Gentle, well balanced and satisfying. Quietly persistent with tart, red berry notes, a little cedar and a spicy, smoky ginger warmth. Leaves the palate minty, with a wonderful fruity coffee note and a sprinkling of salt. Fresh throughout, leaving the breath spicy and smoky.

SUPPORTING LOCAL CHARITIES

Creating a new Lagavulin legacy

Lagavulin 1991 

The proceeds received by Diageo from the sale of the Lagavulin 1991 bottling will be donated to the following registered charities in the following proportions, to fund projects on Islay which are designed to enhance the understanding of the rich and diverse history of Islay and enhance the life of the local community.

Islay Heritage (OSCR No. SC046938) A wide ranging scope to include: research at Dunnyvaig Castle, the creation of an Islay Heritage trail to help more people understand its rich history, conservation work focusing on Kidalton chapel and education.

FUNDING AMOUNT: £310,000

McTaggart Cyber Café (OSCR No. SC028306) Some upgrade works to the fabric of the building including heating, new doors & windows and improvements to the Bistro Café area to allow for even more activities for a wider range of people.

FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000

Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Limited McTaggart Leisure Centre (OSCR No. SC015815) Some fundamental works are required for the swimming baths to upgrade equipment and make it even more energy efficient.

FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000

Finlaggan Trust (OSCR No. SC000821) Refurbishment and modernization of the existing visitor centre to keep it in tune with expectations of 21st Century visitors and Finlaggan Bridge

FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000

Islay Arts (OSCR No. SC000272) Funding would enable an increase in the number, scope and ambition of the performances the charity could fund in the coming years, including travelling works further afield to showcase the best of Islay.

FUNDING AMOUNT: £20,000

Islay Festival Association (OSCR No. SC004390) Funding would support Islay Festival events such as the Islay Jazz Festival in the autumn and the Book Festival as well as other events organised by the charity.

FUNDING AMOUNT: £20,000

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (OSCR No. SC037654) (Charity Commission No. 207076) RSPB is actively engaged in peat restoration on its estates on Islay at The Oa and Loch Gruinart. Money would be ring-fenced to fund peat restoration projects on the island.

FUNDING AMOUNT: £60,000

Expert Reviews
Insights from some of the best in the business

"Complex and luxuriant, certainly the best Lagavulin I have ever experienced."

Sir Colin Hampden-White, 2017

"It is wonderful to know there is so much affection around the world for Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky and our Islay home. Our distinctive distillery character shines in Lagavulin 1991, which will now be truly memorable both for the complexity of the whisky and legacy it is creating for the island. The auction will be an amazing opportunity for someone to own bottle 1/522 and boost the impact of the projects we¹re supporting."

Georgie Crawford, Lagavulin Distillery Manager, 2016

"A cross between a dowager duchess and a salty sea-dog. An outstanding example of the make."

Charlie MacLean, 2017

"Deep gold with a rich nose. Ginger, burnt sugar and a little seaweed. Wasabi on the nose. On the palate, big, bold, rich. Subtle smoke with warming spice. Probably one of the best sherry whiskys tasted"

Anthony Velevitch, The Whisky Show, 2016

"However, the Single Cask was hands and away better than the Lagavulin 25. So much so, I approached Dr. Morgan after the presentation and asked about it. He simple relayed that this was a function of a vatting vs a single cask. Outrageously good"

Peter Ghishan, The Whisky Show, 2016

"A bit spicier than the 16yo but everything you want from a Lagavulin is there."

Peter Olofsson, The Whisky Show, 2016