The Lagavulin 8-Year-Old expression, initially released as a limited edition for the distillery’s 200th anniversary, will likely return to Australia after it was confirmed as a core line.
Announced late last week, Whisky Ardent understands that the local arm of Diageo – Lagavulin’s owner – are endeavouring to secure an ongoing allocation for Australia.
Not all releases make it to Australia due to global market demands and the speed at which local stock is sold. The 200th anniversary edition of the famed Islay distillery’s 12-year-old expression was a notable absentee from the Australian market.
Bottled at 48 percent, the Lagavulin 8 will join the distillery’s staple 16-year-old expression. The latter is one of the most recognisable peated Scotch whiskies on the market and a gateway dram for many drinkers, but industry speculation suggests that Lagavulin may need to provide some respite for that 16-year-old age statement.
Priced slightly below the 16 at approximately $90-$100 locally, the 8-year-old would take some of the strain off the supply of maturing stocks needed to sustain the 16.