Lagavulin has launched Jazz 2020, a limited edition 22-year-old single malt Scotch Whisky. The new offering from the Diageo-owned, Islay-based spirits maker was made specifically for this year’s Islay Jazz Festival.
Lagavulin Jazz 2020 celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Islay Jazz Festival, which this year will be held online on October 3. Since 2011, Lagavulin has released a Whisky every year specifically for the festival. Held in partnership with Jazz Scotland, this year’s event will be hosted from 7pm BST on the Lagavulin and Friends of the Classic Malts Facebook pages.
The event will feature musical performances, an exploration of the connection between jazz and whisky, and a showcase of whisky-based cocktails. It will be hosted by Lagavulin Distillery manager, Pierrick Guillaume and Ewan Gunn, Diageo’s global Whisky master.
“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,” said Guillaume. “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.”
Lagavulin Jazz 2020 was matured in refill American and European Oak casks, some of which were seasoned with wine. Coming in at 52.6% ABV, only 2,004 bottles will be made avilable
“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,” noted Guillaume about the new Whisky
The Lagavulin Jazz 2020 Whisky will be available to purchase beginning October 3, exclusively from the Lagavulin Distillery on Islay, and will cost £405 ($526 USD) per 700ml bottle.