The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers. Malt Maniacs Awards 2010 & 2011: Non-Plus-Ultra Award (Daily Drams) IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whisky - Scotch
The initially controversial 16yo official expression of Scapa is now winning people round with a jump in quality after a few wobbly years following the rapid transition from the much-loved 12yo via the short-lived 14yo. Orkney's less shouted about (but still lovely in its own way) malt whisky has found its feet. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Island 13 to 20 years
A big, bold bottling of whisky from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull - Ledaig, their peated offering. This one was selected by TWE and bottled by Gordon & Macphail, and shows off what Ledaig does best: big, peaty whisky. Maturation in a sherry cask has added a layer of sherried fruit to the earthy, rich spirit without overpowering it.
A Whisky Exchange exclusive bottling from Gordon & Macphail, distilled at Glentauchers and selected by us while visiting their rather impressive warehouses. Big, rich and sherried, chosen for its fantastic combination of sweet chocolate notes and heavy fruitiness. Excellent stuff.
With the smoothness of the 10 year-old allied to extra complexity from more ageing, this is a winner. 'A delicious and sophisticated dram with impressive depth and almost perfect weight.' Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine Dec 2000
A single cask whisky from Glentauchers, bottled for the Cask Strength Collection by Signatory. Distilled on February 6th 1996 and bottled exactly 16 years later on February 6th 2012 after maturing in a bourbon barrel.
Another outstanding single cask cask-strength Bowmore from Signatory. Just about everything in this 'Cask' series has been very good and several have been exceptional. Distilled on 13th June 1997 and aged for 16 years in hogshead 1913, this was bottled on 21st November 2013.
Originally bottled in 2009, this immensely powerful (60.2%) bourbon-matured Mortlach 1993 was originally destined for the overseas market before being shelved at the last minute, and is now safely back in the SMoS fold. Hurrah!
A lightly coloured 16 year old whisky from Glenlivet, bottled from a single cask by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on May 13th 1996, matured in a first fill sherry butt and bottled on September 27th 2012.
A 16 year old single first fill sherry butt matured whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Signatory for their Un-chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled on 13th May 1996 and bottled on 13th November 2012.