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 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.
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.
An old bottling of Lagavulin at 12 years old bottled by "White Horse Distillers". This is a reference to the Lagavulin sharing the same ownership as the White Horse blend, of which Lagavulin is a major constituent part. We estimate this bottle, produced for the Italian market, dates from the 1970s.
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.