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Meet your Single Malt of the Month

2018-03-23 09:24
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The definitive, the connoisseurs’ choice, a firm favourite of malt fans and one of the finest whiskies in the world – these are all phrases used to describe Lagavulin’s 16-Year-Old Islay Malt. It’s converted many a whisky drinker and now takes the spotlight as Checkers LiquorShop’s Single Malt of the Month.

The Single Malt of the Month aims to introduce South Africans to sought-after single malts from Checkers LiquorShop’s House of Fine Whisky. So without further ado…let’s meet your new favourite.


The remote, windswept island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland instils a certain strength of character in everything, from the people who live there to the whiskies it produces. And it’s here, nestled in a small bay guarded by treacherous rocks and the ruins of a medieval castle, Lagavulin has been made since 1816.

Named after a Gaelic word meaning ‘the hollow where the mill is’, this sheltered site boasted ten illicit stills until, in 1816, a local farmer founded one of the oldest official distilleries on the island.



Aged in oak casks for at least sixteen years, Lagavulin’s 16-Year-Old Islay Single Malt boasts an intense peat smoke and rich sweetness on the nose; sherry, fruit and smoke flavours on the palate; and a long, spicy finish with appetising sweetness.



Its peat-smoke character naturally complements complex and powerful cheeses – in particular a crumbly, salty Gorgonzola or creamy, strong Stilton. That’s right, there’s more to cheese pairing than wine.



"A true classic in every sense that offers breathtaking depth."

Jim Murray 1999, Whisky Magazine, Issue 6



It’s safe to say judges at the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition are avid fans too, awarding the single malt double gold for three consecutive years. Thus far, it’s snagged these prestigious titles and medals:

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015

  • Best in Class: Best Single Malt Scotch 13–19 Years
  • Double Gold Medal: Single Malt Scotch 13–19 Years

International Spirits Challenge 2015

  • Gold Medal


San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016

  • Double Gold Medal: Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch 13–19 Years


San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017

  • Best in Class: Best Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch 13–19 Years
  • Double Gold Medal: Distillers’ Single Malt Scotch 13–19 Years


Get this definitive Islay malt on promotion now until 8 April 2018 – only available at Checkers LiquorShop stores nationwide. Sign up for the monthly whisky mailer and never miss a deal again! After all, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a sensational single malt…and that’s pretty close.


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