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 »
Bowmore Black Rock was released for the travel retail market in 2014. A No Age Statement whisky that was matured predominantly in Spanish ex-sherry casks, this shows an excellent balance between richness and smoke.
The first couple of batches of Bowmore's Tempest, a cask-strength 10yo vatted from first-fill bourbon casks, have been incredibly popular, and rightly so. This one has a more elegant touch and tantalising tropical fruitiness, especially with a drop of water and a few minutes in the glass. Our favourite batch so far, this is fabulous stuff.
An interesting, untampered with whisky from Murray McDavid, switching their usual ACEing for simple, but excellent, cask selection. This is a 2000 vintage Bowmore simply aged in sherry casks for 7 years before bottling.
A 2002 vintage whisky from Murray McDavid, matured initially in bourbon casks before being switched over to red wine casks from Chateau Latour, one of the top producers of Bordeaux, for a total of 8 years of maturation.
The fourth release in Bowmore's Tempest series, taking a small batch of first fill bourbon casks and marrying them before bottling at cask strength. A classic example of relatively young and fully flavoured Bowmore.
The fifth in Bowmore's Tempest series of cask strength 10 year old releases. This one, the second under master blender Rachel Barrie, allies some of Tempest 4's softer side with the intensity and weight of the earlier editions - the best of both worlds.
A quarter-bottle each of the Bowmore 12yo, 15yo Darkest and 18yo. Not just a great starter set, but also the perfect gift for anyone looking to explore the charms of Islay's oldest surviving distillery.
A 2006 vintage Bunnahabhain from well established independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. This may have been bottled at just 7 years of age, but is certainly mature in its complexity and is a delicious example of young peated Bunnahabhain.
A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength. A marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which gives a sweet and smokey finish to this malt. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows. An absolutely stunning whisky, and following the demise of the Airigh nam Beist this probably represents the best value in the core range. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers.
A fourth release of single malt whisky from this Islay favourite. Sweet and full of buttery grain while avoiding the traditional island smokiness, this one has been a hit at whisky shows across Europe.
A slightly mad Murray McDavid creation, taking 1991 Caol Ila whisky matured in Bourbon casks, and finishing it in casks that used to hold Quart-de-Chaume, a sweet white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire valley, for a total of 17 years of maturation.
Originally a Travel Retail exclusive, Laphroaig QA cask is initially matured in bourbon barrels before being finished in charred American white oak casks. The result is a peaty, warming and spicy whisky.
The 2014 edition of Kilchoman's sherry matured Loch Gorm, only the second release of the whisky. The 2013 shot off the shelves even faster than we expected, thanks to being excellent, and this promises to be just as rich and full flavoured.
Please note this is limited to two bottles per customer.
After a string of highly-regarded indie peated Bunnahabhains, the distillery has finally released an official version of their heavily-peated malt. Toiteach is Gaelic for Smoky, and apparently there's some sherry influence on this as well. Kudos to Burn Stewart for bottling this unchilfiltered at 46%.
The second Lg for Elements of Islay is noticeably sweeter than the first, but retains the raw, south-coast ruggedness of its predecessor. Oaty with hints of honeycomb and white chocolate on the nose. Bandages and bonfires on the palate, then a briney, medicinal finish.