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 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 first fill ex-bourbon casks, this is a coastal whisky with tropical fruit flavours.
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...
2014's fourth release of Kilchoman's 100% Islay was matured in first-fill bourbon barrels, a combination of four- and five-year-old whisky. Every step on the production process takes place on Islay, from the barley used right through to the bottling, 100% Islay is the distillery's lightly peated release.
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.
Distilled in 1999, the 2011 release of the unpeated Caol Ila 12yo is an absolute belter - and amazingly easy to drink, even at its slightly scary full strength of 64%. Bottled from first fill ex-bourbon American oak casks, this was one of our favourites in the 2011 Special Releases.
Introduced in 2010, this is the relaunched version of Bunnahabhain 18yo, with owners Burn Stewart having ditched the caramel colouring and chill-filtration and upped the strength to 46.3%. A triumph for 'naturalist' whisky drinkers and a PR triumph for Burn Stewart - Bravo!
Finished in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes casks, this has all the expected Bruichladdich characteristics - seaspray, brine, floral notes - with a deliciously smooth extra veneer of sweetness. A deservedly popular 'Laddie.