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 »
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.
Originally released around 2000, this great dram is becoming rarer and rarer. Laphroaig 30yo has garnered many plaudits, including a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2005.
An independent release of single cask Bowmore, distilled in August 1980 and bottled in July 2004 at cask strength. What's more, it comes with a rather nifty replica copper still decanter, embossed with a name plate featuring the bottle number.
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.
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.