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 1967 vintage Bruichladdich bottled by Signatory as part of their Millenium Edition series. Distilled on January 9, it was aged in sherry cask 161 for 32 years before being bottled on August 2 1999. This was awarded an impressive 93 points by Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com.
The eighth release sold out in a few days and the first edition now commands about a grand if you can find it, so this is a bargain. Classic PE kippers 'n' slippers character, with plenty of grunt from the high alcohol.
The second sensational OB Port Ellen 1978, bottled around the turn of the millennium as part of the Rare Malts series. This phenomenal dram was rated at 93 points by Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun, and its popularity and acclaim led to the revivial of interest in this classic closed distillery and thus to the birth of the annual Special Releases series.
The 6th release of Diageo's legendary year Special Release Port Ellens. Distilled in 1978 and bottled at 27 years of age this is an increasingly rare dram as investors and drinkers fight over the remaining bottles.
A 1960 vintage Bunnahabhain released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in December, it was aged in a sherry cask for 38 years before 194 bottles were yielded in November 1999.