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LAGAVULIN Distillery launched a year of celebrations to mark its 200th anniversary with the iconic Scotch whisky island of Islay at its heart.
Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo, the business which owns the Lagavulin Distillery, visited Islay to officially announce the 200th Anniversary year and joined distillery staff in selecting a rare cask of Lagavulin to be used to raise funds for community benefit.
Iain McArthur, who started working at the Port Ellen Distillery in 1970 before moving to the Lagavulin Distillery in 1983, said: ‘Of course, every cask of Lagavulin is special, but the one we have picked today with Ivan is very rare. It was filled in 1991 so it has spent 25 years gently maturing in our warehouses here on Islay. It’s fitting that the money raised by such a special cask and such amazing whisky will be used directly here on Islay.’
Further details of the plan for the special cask will be revealed later in 2016 as part of the programme of celebrations for Lagavulin Distillery’s 200th anniversary.