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 very rare bicentenary whisky from Bowmore, bottled at cask strength in 1979 as part of the 200th birthday celebrations. This edition was produced for the Italian market and comes in a rather unusual square bottle. The whisky is reputed to have been distilled in 1969, but does not say so on the bottle.
A truly legendary Port Ellen, bottled for the 25th anniversary of the Port Ellen Maltings in 1998. The recipient of an incredible 94 point score from Serge Valentin's whiskyfun.com, this is one of those rare Port Ellens that really lives up to the hype.
A very rare and special bottle of Port Ellen, distilled in 1981, bottled for the 2008 Islay festival and originally only available at the festival. A legendary bottling currently averaging a score of 92/100 from the Malt Maniacs.
A beautiful rare distillery bottling of single cask Bowmore whisky. Distilled in 1969 and bottled in 1978 for Sandra Montanari of Bologna after maturing for a mere 8 or 9 years. It's a sister cask to the famed #6635 and we expect it to be stunning.
A very rare blended whisky produced by Bowmore for their Bicentenary in the 1970s. This was only produced to be served at Bowmore's Bicentenary Luncheon, and we believe only a handful of bottles survived, possibly as few as 12.
An sherry butt of Ardbeg from the legendary 1976 batch, this rare Ardbeg was bottled for the Feis Ile in 2002. "...It simply doesn't get better than this...just one of those drams of a lifetime...a bloody incredible dram. 96 points" Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2004
This incredibly rare 1969 vintage whisky was released exclusively to Italy in 1979 in celebration of Bowmore's 200th birthday. Matured for 10 years in a sherry cask and bottled at cask strength, this is limited to just 300 bottles.
The famous Ardbeg 'Manager's Choice' bottling is a single sherry cask from 1976 selected by Stuart Thomson for sale at the distillery in 1999. An enormous hit at the time, this was one of the key early single cask bottlings that kickstarted Ardbeg's stratospheric rise.
A 1964 vintage Bowmore aged for 38 years in bourbon casks. 1964 seems to have been a good year at Bowmore, as there have been a large number of very high quality releases, not least the Trilogy series. With notes of pepper, mustard and a herbaceousness, Serge Valentin awarded it a fantastic rating of 92 points.
The second of the three extraordinary Oloroso cask 1964 Bowmores released in the mid-1990s. Like the first batch, this release was of 2000 bottles, and originally retailed on the high street for around £80(!). An almost unfathomable concentration and intensity of flavour, and with the perfect balance of fruit, peat and power.
This is the American version of Black Bowmore 2nd edition, the second of the three extraordinary Oloroso cask 1964 Bowmores released in the mid-1990s. An almost unfathomable concentration and intensity of flavour, and with the perfect balance of fruit, peat and power.
A truly legendary Laphroaig from the 1974 vintage, this heavily-sherried 31 year old was a limited edition of around 900 bottles produced for a French retailer and scored a whopping 95 points from Serge Valentin on Whiskyfun before capping that with a Gold Medal and the Non Plus Ultra award for the highest scoring whisky out of all the entries at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2005. An acknowledged masterpiece.
An incredibly rare Bowmore blend, this Islay Legend bottle was one of just 25 made to be served at the ceremonial meal celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the distillery's takeover by Morrison Bowmore. Of the 25 bottles, it is thought that only around ten survived, being given to distillery VIPs after the meal.
After 2007's 'new' Black Bowmore, this White Bowmore is the second edition of the Noughties' 1964 Trilogy series, and has spent its life in bourbon casks, so should make for a very interesting contrast. Awarded 94 points from John Hansell in Malt Advocate, this was one of the most talked-about releases of 2008.
The final release in the new Bowmore 1964 trilogy, Gold Bowmore is a marriage of three bourbon casks plus the last (and supposedly the best) of the staggeringly good Oloroso casks from this momentous vintage.
1964 seems to be something of a miracle vintage for Bowmore - not only did it produce Black Bowmore and the Oddbins Oloroso cask, but also this beautiful Fino sherry expression. Here the peat is restrained and subtle, leaving the way clear for a stunning, incredibly fruity Bowmore.