Friday, September 18, 2020


Diageo, has today announced the launch of its annual limited-edition Lagavulin Jazz Festival bottling.

Lagavulin Jazz 2020 (52.6% ABV) is a 22 Year Old single malt Islay Scotch whisky, which has been matured in refill American and European oak casks, some of which were wine seasoned.

Lagavulin Jazz 2020

The Lagavulin Jazz Festival bottling has been much adored since its launch in 2011 and the annual release of the exclusive bottling for the festival has become a key moment in the whisky calendar. 

This year the Islay Jazz festival has moved to an online format and will be held on Lagavulin and Friends of the Classic Malts Facebook pages on the 3rd October from 7pm BST and hosted in partnership with Jazz Scotland.

The immersive event will take guests on a journey through a selection of Lagavulin expressions including the 2020 Jazz edition. Featuring musical performances, the event will be hosted by the new Lagavulin Distillery Manager Pierrick Guillaume, who will be joined by Ewan Gunn, Diageo’s Global Whisky Master.

Commenting on the news, Pierrick Guillaume, Distillery Manager at Lagavulin, said: “The Islay Jazz Festival has become a pilgrimage for many whisky and jazz lovers around the globe and we hope our friends will join us for the online event to celebrate 22 years of the festival. This will be my first festival having taken over as distillery manager of Lagavulin and although we are unable to host the event in Islay, we wanted to continue to honour the occasion by creating a remarkable bottling. This year’s 22 year old bottle is a glorious and unique Lagavulin from an interesting mix of casks that have given an extra twist of rich, smooth and sweet fruitiness to the palate and finish.”

Limited to just 2,004 bottles, Lagavulin Jazz 2020, will be available exclusively at the Islay distillery from 3rd October, for a RRP of £405.00.

Posted by Steve Rush