Diageo’s Islay Scotch brand Lagavulin has released a new 10-year-old (yo) single malt whisky expression, which will be available exclusively at Dufry’s duty free stores in selected airports around the world.

The new whisky expression was crafted at Lagavulin distillery, which is located on Islay’s southern shoreline.

Diageo master of malts Dr Craig Wilson said: “Many people see Lagavulin as the definitive Islay malt and, like other members of the family, this new expression has a charming exuberance and full-on character.

“It is rich, intense and smoky, having spent time in American Oak casks, while a creamy smoothness and hint of spice shines through from its maturation in first-fill ex-bourbon casks.”

With 43% of alcohol by volume (ABV), the company claims that its new Lagavulin 10yo variant is ‘fiery yet light, smoky yet smooth’.

The travel retail exclusive comes with a purchase price of £50 for 70cl.

Wilson further added: “This is a whisky filled with surprising contrasts. On the palate, Lagavulin 10 Year Old is sweet and salty at first, before it builds to a fiery crescendo with a spicy and smoky finish that is both intense and warming.

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“It’s best enjoyed neat or with water, which helps unlock some of the deeper layers of flavour.”

According to Spirits Business, Diageo global travel and marketing innovation director Anna MacDonald said: “Lagavulin 10 Year Old is a rare and wonderful innovation from an incredibly skilled team of expert whisky-makers who draw on more than 200 years of craft.”