Unlike some of the other Classic Malts, Lagavulin already had its own single malt brand, and was marketed alongside Talisker in the Ascot Malt Cellar range from DCL in 1982. Considered a somewhat half-hearted attempt to compete in the emerging single malt market (two of the six bottles were still blends), the Malt Cellar featured a 12 year old Lagavulin which would be discontinued in 1988 with the introduction of this expression.
This is one of the earliest releases of the Classic Malts 16 year old. When United Distillers succeeded DCL, one of their first orders of business was to reclaim control of the distribution of their single malts. In the DCL days, the distilleries had been licensed to the blending companies in their portfolio, Cragganmore for example to D&J McCallum, and Talisker to John Walker & Sons. The process of cancelling these contracts was quicker for some distilleries than others, so some of the early Classic Malts still bear the names of these former licensees, most notably here, with White Horse Distillers still displayed on the packaging. These versions are increasingly sought after.
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A wine list from Flask published in the early 1970s
Driving down Ventura Blvd in Studio City in the 1960’s has something in common with today, Flask Fine Wine & Whisky- Flask first opened its doors to the public in 1962. Decades later and it still remains a respected fixture in the Los Angeles community.
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We want to know their stories and how they produce bottles that fit into our unique collection. We make a point to keep our selection stocked with a wide variety, offering your classic Napa icons to your natural & organic wines.
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