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 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
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.
A single cask release from Caol Ila distillery. This whisky was distilled in 1993 and matured for a full 13 years, after which it was bottled by ACEO ltd for a Case in Cask syndicate. This has been bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration.
A 2004 vintage Port Charlotte (peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery) from independent bottlers The Coopers Choice. This was aged for 9 years in cask number 1032 before 330 bottles were yielded in 2014.
Bowmore Gold Reef was released for the travel retail market in 2014. A No Age Statement whisky that was matured predominantly in fuirst fill ex-bourbon casks, this is a coastal whisky with tropical fruit flavours.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
A limited edition single cask from Bruichladdich's Micro-Provenance series, detailing many details about the cask's handling to let the drinker see the influence of many factors. This was distilled in 1992, matured for 17 years in ex-bourbon American oak cask #1907, stored in dunnage warehouse 6 in the left 16 casks...
More madness from Murray McDavid, starting with a 1995 vintage distillate from Bowmore. They first matured the spirit in ex-Bourbon before finishing the whisky in Viognier white wine casks from Guigal in Condrieu, for a total of 11 years in wood. They may also have spelled Viognier as Voignier on the label...