There are lots of unspecified Islays that are supposed to be Lags. I suspect the vast majority of them are Caol Ilas. Salespersons, aware of the great popularity of Lagavulin, are perfectly happy to say ambiguous things like "could be Lagavulin" and let the public believe what it wants.
Mr T is right as usual. What can be added is that many Islay mystery malts may may have started their lives as Lagavulins but later mutated to become Caol Ilas because of the short supply.
In short, the bottle content can vary. On the other hand there are some old contracts that are still valid between the distillery and independent bottlers so some might have genuine Lagavulin to bottle.
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