Islay whiskies are known for their peatiness, although not all the distilleries on the island produce this style - Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain have little or no peat in their standard expressions and Caol Ila produce an unpeated batch every year, while even the famously smoky Ardbeg has an unpeated expression, Blasda. Read More »
A 1968 vintage bottling from Bowmore, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Stanley P Morrison (later to become Morrison Bowmore). This is a big bold whisky with notes of passion fruit and a peaty kick.
Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com awarded it 91 points.
A rare Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of young whisky from the most cult of closed distilleries - Port Ellen. Distilled in April 1981, shortly before they closed, and bottled in November 1991 at just 10 years old.
A great old single cask Bowmore, bottled at cask strength by Duncan Taylor in July 2005. Distilled back in February 1968 and matured for 37 years this is quite intense for its strength and displays some classic Bowmore fruit as well as spice.
A legendary Bowmore, bottled by Gordon and Macphail for Italian importer Sestante back in the mid 1980s. Distilled in 1965 and aged for 20 years, it's packed full of the fruit that mid-60s Bowmore is famous for.
An incredible 1978 Ardbeg with a fearsome reputation, bottled in 1990 by Sestante. Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun was underwhelmed and 'only' gave it 91 points - an impressive and very hard to find whisky.
A 1975 vintage single cask Ardbeg from Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. The first year of Ardbeg using a higher proportion of barley from outside their own maltings, whiskies from this year are lighter in peat than 1974 editions.
A single cask bottling of Ardbeg whisky, distilled in 1972 and aged for 29 years. This whisky has undergone a finishing process of a minimum of 6 months in a sheryy cask, before being bottled at Douglas Laing's preferred strength of 50%.
An old Ardbeg from the days when they still ran their own on-site maltings. Bottled in 2003 by Douglas Laing for their Platinum Selection range. "Top notch again as expected" according to Serge Valentin on Whisky Fun.
A single cask release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, this time a mere 141 bottles from a bourbon cask. We are told there are very few old casks left at Ardbeg for this kind of bottling, so this may be one of the last released on these shores.
A 1968 vintage Bowmore, bottled in the early 2000s by Hart Brothers. The 60s were a time of incredible production from the distillery, with some legendary drams being produced - hopefully this one lives up to the fearsome reputation.