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 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.
The fifth cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Bowmore distillery on Islay. This was distilled in June 1974 and bottled 12 years later in October 1986, judging by the colour, from a sherry cask.
A 1970s 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.
At 25 years old this whisky embodies the richness, depth and sweetness of all Ardbegs. Light gold in colour and powerful in character. A phenomenal, much-sought-after bottling of a really outstanding malt.
This annual release for Port Ellen from Diageo is another 1979. We sold our allocation of the sixth release in a matter of weeks, so please be quick if you want one of these. As with the Brora, we don't know how many more of these releases there will be.. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON!
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.
The first Port Ellen Annual Release goes for much more these days, but for many people (including at least one TWE staff member) the second release, bottled at 59.35% in 2002, remains at the top of the pile for official PE. A magnificent whisky.