Lagavulin is to Islay what bagpipes are to Scotland. A much sought-after single malt with the massive amounts of peat smoke that's complimented by smoky flavors of iodine and seaweed with a rich sweetness and a long, elegant finish. Like Sean Connery, it has prestige and allure with a brusque demeanor that is unmistakable.
Islay is a small island with a big attitude and the epicenter for peat-laden whisky. Miles and miles of peat bog provide the raw material whose influence is the moniker for Islay malts, of which Lagavulin is perhaps best known. Its rich peaty water runs down the brown burn from the Solan Lochs in the hills above the distillery. This water, along with long fermentation, distillation and maturation, ensures that Lagavulin develops all of its distinct rich, peaty character. It's a spirit that likes to take its time, but rewards you with a distinctive malt that has no equal.