Malt whisky is the ‘original’ whisky of Scotland. Malt whisky is made only from malted barley, in two (occasionally three) copper pot stills, by a batch process. ‘Single’ malt whisky is the product of an individual distillery. Read More »
Just 100 bottles of this famous Talisker were released, yielded from what was at the time the oldest cask at the distillery (this was in the days before the superb 30 year olds were introduced). Released through Oddbins initially, this extremely rare bottling of one of Scotland's best malts sold out in a matter of hours and it retains its cachet and desirability to this day.
One of a series of staggeringly good 1966 Springbanks bottled at the beginning of the 1990s from sherry casks that have become so famous in whisky circles as to take on an almost mythic status. The label artwork for this 'West Highland Malt' was to become iconic as well, becoming known as the 'Local Barley' series. An iconic whisky.
One of a handful of pre-Local-Barley cask strength Springbanks of quite stunning intensity. Bottled at the turn of the 1990s, we believe that these heavily-sherried Springbanks rival Black Bowmore for sheer quality and flavour concentration - yet they are far rarer, being bottled from single casks. Amongst the greatest expressions ever bottled by this legendary distillery.
The second of the three extraordinary Oloroso cask 1964 Bowmores released in the mid-1990s. Like the first batch, this release was of 2000 bottles, and originally retailed on the high street for around £80(!). An almost unfathomable concentration and intensity of flavour, and with the perfect balance of fruit, peat and power.
This is the American version of Black Bowmore 2nd edition, the second of the three extraordinary Oloroso cask 1964 Bowmores released in the mid-1990s. An almost unfathomable concentration and intensity of flavour, and with the perfect balance of fruit, peat and power.
Bottled in 2009 from two refill hogsheads, this Highland Park 1964 is the inaugural release in the distillery's Orcadian Vintage series. The packaging for this series is spectacular, with a heavy oak box featuring Viking design marquetry wood inlays and a handcrafted silver amulet on the front. Just 290 bottles of this stunning Highland Park have been released.
A truly legendary Laphroaig from the 1974 vintage, this heavily-sherried 31 year old was a limited edition of around 900 bottles produced for a French retailer and scored a whopping 95 points from Serge Valentin on Whiskyfun before capping that with a Gold Medal and the Non Plus Ultra award for the highest scoring whisky out of all the entries at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2005. An acknowledged masterpiece.
An impressive new release from Auchentoshan, aging their triple distilled spirit for a whopping 44 years before bottling in 2011. A 1966 vintage whisky, great for both good drams and the wonders of English football.
A limited edition release of 25 year old Macallan, produced in honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. On top of that it's also a rather rarely seen magnum size bottle, to make sure you had enough to go around your street party...
The final release in the new Bowmore 1964 trilogy, Gold Bowmore is a marriage of three bourbon casks plus the last (and supposedly the best) of the staggeringly good Oloroso casks from this momentous vintage.
We tried this at the 2009 Whisky Show in London and it was definitely the star of the show. Unbelievably mellow, very complex with elegant fruit and soft oak. No one could believe that this was so old. A real classy whisky which should have a much higher price tag. If this was bottled by the distillery we would be looking at tens of thousands of pounds.
1964 seems to be something of a miracle vintage for Bowmore - not only did it produce Black Bowmore and the Oddbins Oloroso cask, but also this beautiful Fino sherry expression. Here the peat is restrained and subtle, leaving the way clear for a stunning, incredibly fruity Bowmore.
A true rarity - as well as being incredibly old, this bottle was never officially released for general sale. The remains of a batch bottled in crystal for the Japanese market in 1984, these bottles were given to staff and guests at an event to commemorate the re-opening of the distillery in the early '90s.