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 »
Samaroli is an Italian independent bottler, famed for the exceptional quality of their releases and for their arty, innovative labels and packaging. This is a legendary young Ardbeg matured in sherry casks and bottled at full strength in the early 1980s.
An single cask independent release of Laphroaig bottled in 1994 for Signatory. It was distilled in 1967, the same year that the distillery was sold to Long John International, and bottled at cask strength.
A very special Bowmore from a hogshead filled on August 9th 1980, the day that Queen Elizabeth II visited the distillery. Cask #5774 was acquired by Jim Howat, then Chairman of Morrison Bowmore and was left in his will to the JTH Charitable Trust he created with his wife Christine. Designed and bottled in 2011 by Morrison Bowmore as a special limited edition for the charitable trust yielding 156 bottles at a natural strength of 46.7%.
A very special bottle of Ardbeg whisky. Distilled in 1967 and matured in a sherry cask for 30 years. This single cask release was limited to just 536 bottles when it was released 1997 and there are sure to be far fewer bottles in circulation now.
The first ever version of the now hugely popular Port Ellen Annual Releases. Distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength after 22 years of maturation. Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983 and is considered to be one of the most prestigous distilleries in 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.
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 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.