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 legendary 1968 bottling of Bunnahabhain. Aged in sherry casks for around 34 years before release in 2002, this scored a huge 93 points from malt maniac Serge Valentin and scores over 90 points from 12 of the others.
Nicknamed 'the seadragon' due to the mythical beast adorning the rather pretty black ceramic bottle and box, this 30 year old Bowmore appeared in the mid 1990s and has achieved almost mythic status itself, being made up entirely of long-aged casks from the legendary 1960s vintages. A magnificent dram, bursting with rich tropical flavours - one of the all-time classics from this distillery.
A 30 year old bottling of Bowmore presented in a beautiful ceramic bottle adorned with a sea dragon, which is also depicted on the accompanying box. Awarded 91 points by Serge Valentin of whiskyfun, this has notes of tropical fruit.
A very special Ardbeg 1972, bottled from a single sherry cask to commemorate the Plowed Society's Ardbegeddon gathering in Las Vegas in 2002. A legendary bottling that won huge critical acclaim on release and remains highly sought-after.
An cask-strength Ardbeg from the hugely desirable 1972 vintage, bottled from a single bourbon cask for Oddbins in 2004. Even that far back, Ardbeg mania was already in full effect - this bottling was said to have sold out in under two hours, and that was even before whisky guru Serge of Whiskyfun had given it 93 points...
A single sherry cask release of Ardbeg 1976 bottled for the Italian market in 2002. Cask 2396 is one of a series of legendary sister sherry casks bottled by Ardbeg in the late 1990s and early 2000s that really cemented the distillery's cult status amongst aficionados.
One of the legendary Bowmore bicentenary releases, bottled in 1979 as part of their 200th birthday celebrations. Distilled in the 1960s and matured in some rather excellent sherry casks this is still considered to be one of the best Bowmores ever produced.
A massive 4.5 litre bottle of cask strength 10 year old Ardbeg, bottled as 'MOR' (this was the original MOR bottling). A serious bit of kit that will take up a chunk of space and provide a talking point at whisky related gatherings for years to come. Lifting it to pour a dram may require help.