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 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.
A rare and highly sought-after Laphroaig from the 1977 vintage bottled in the spring of 1995, just after the distillery gained its warrant from the Prince of Wales. This bottle has a very good reputation and is extremely hard to find these days.
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 Belgian market, dates from the 1970s.
A 1978 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottler Hunter Laing as part of its Old & Rare series. Distilled in September, it was aged for 35 years in a sherry butt before 231 bottles were yielded in October 2013. The distillery with a cult following sadly closed in 1983 and bottlings are becoming increasingly sought-after.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
A single cask bottling of Ardbeg whisky, distilled in 1972 and aged for 29 years. This whisky has undergone a finishing process of a minimum of 6 months in a sheryy cask, before being bottled at Douglas Laing's preferred strength of 50%.
An old Ardbeg from the days when they still ran their own on-site maltings. Bottled in 2003 by Douglas Laing for their Platinum Selection range. "Top notch again as expected" according to Serge Valentin on Whisky Fun.
A 1968 vintage Bowmore, bottled in the early 2000s by Hart Brothers. The 60s were a time of incredible production from the distillery, with some legendary drams being produced - hopefully this one lives up to the fearsome reputation.
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.<
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.
A single cask release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, this time a mere 132 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 cask-strength release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, bottled in 2006 from a single 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.