Lagavulin is a distillery that makes single malt Scotch Whisky
. Lagavulin is produced in the village also called Lagavulin, on the Scottish island of Islay.
The name of the village of Lagavulin, and consequently of the whisky as well, is the anglicized version of the Scottish Gaelic phrase Lag a' Mhuilinn
, which means "hollow of the mill".
Lagavulin was officially founded in 1816 but was already in existence as an illegal distillery prior to that. Interestingly, in the 19th century, there had been a number of legal battles with their neighbor, the famous Laphroaig
distillery, with Laphroaig claiming that Lagavulin had copied their method of distillation. However, the resultant whiskies were different in style and Lagavulin was not penalized.
The correct pronunciation of Lagavulin is Lah-gah-VOO-lihn
In Lagavulin, the stress is placed on the third syllable, where the "vu" is pronounced as -voo. Pronouncing the stress on the third syllable follows how you would pronounce the name of the village in Scottish Gaelic, Lag a' Mhuilinn
, where Mhuilinn
is the word "mill".