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 »
An incredible old Bowmore from Duncan Taylor. Distilled back in May 1966, this was aged for 40 years before being bottled in August 2006. This bottling has a bit of a reputation and rightly so - a fantastic example of 1960s Bowmore at its best.
A 1966 vintage Bowmore from independent bottlers Duncan Taylor as part of their cask strength Rare Auld series in 2004. Matured for 38 years in cask number 3303, just 179 bottles were yielded. This bottling received an impressive 92 points on the Malt Maniacs monitor.
A long awaited 40 year old whisky from Bunnahabhain, a bit hit at The Whisky Show 2012. It's limited to just 750 hand numbered bottles and features an intricately designed label showing off the history of the distillery that's signed by the illustrator. The tube is made from heavy wood and features a hidden compartment in the bottom...
A 1967 vintage Ardbeg, bottled at 28 years old in 1995 by independent bottlers Signatory. This is a powerful, old-style peaty Ardbeg with herbaceous and lemon notes leading to a long finish. Given an incredible 95 points on whiskyfun.com by Serge Valentin.
A single cask release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, this time a mere 93 bottles from a bourbon cask. We are told there are very few old casks left at Ardbeg for this kind of bottling, so this may be one of the last released on these shores.
A single cask 1973 vintage Ardbeg bottled by Kingsbury at 47.4%. This picked up an incredible 94 point average from the Malt Maniacs, with the lowest score from any of the tasters being an excellent 90/100.
A beautiful bottling of Caol Ila from Gordon & Macphail, original produced for the Italian market. Distilled in 1968 and bottled in 1985 at an impressive strength of 60.9% this is a rare example of late-60s Caol Ila.
A very, very rare Ardbeg from Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseurs Choice series. This was bottled over 15 years ago in 1995 and distilled nearly five decades ago back in 1964 when the distillery was still very old-fashioned, using direct fired stills and its own floor maltings. A slice of history.
A stunning old Ardbeg bottled by Signatory in March 1997. This whisky has was distilled in 1967 and has been matured for 30 years in an Oloroso Sherry butt. Limited to just 580 bottles, this is a real collectors piece.