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 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
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.
A 2001 vintage Caol Ila released by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as park of their Cask Strength Series. This was aged for 12 years in a pair of refill sherry casks before being bottled at 59.2% in November 2013.
Easily the most popular of the no-age-statement Bowmores, with a rich sherry influence calming some of the more fiery attributes of the young spirit. As close in style to the legendary Black Bowmore as most of us mere mortals will be able to taste.
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%.
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 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...
A 1996 vintage Caol Ila bottled by Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection series. Distilled on 3rd September, it was matured in a pair of hogsheads for 17 years before being bottled on 27th November 2013.
A 1996 vintage Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection release of whisky from Caol Ila. A vatting of two hogsheads, distilled on September 3rd 1996, matured for 17 years and bottled on 8th November 2013.