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 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...
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.
A 1992 vintage Bruichladdich from independent bottler Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on November 20, it was aged in a pair of hogsheads for 21 years before being bottled on February 20 2014.
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.
Ardbeg Corryvreckan has been a huge success since its launch in 2009, winning World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards 2010 and 96.5 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011. Whisky Bible 2011: NAS Single Malt Scotch of the Year; 96.5 Points
The 1997 vintage of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition bottled in 2013. By far the most popular of the Distiller's Edition series this double matured Lagavulin has had a finishing period in sweet, sticky Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. A whisky that never disappoints.
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!
IWSC - Gold Medal Winner World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Single Malt 13-20
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.
2013's unpeated release of Caol Ila is named for distillery manager Billy Stitchell, who is retiring after almost 40 years at the distillery. This year it's been bottled without an age statement and despite being 'unpeated' there's a definite smoky tang to the whisky, although less so than in previous years.
The 12th release of 12 year old Lagavulin from Diageo's Special Releases range. A perennial favourite, balancing price against a punchy cask strength edition of whisky from one of Islay's most mysterious distilleries.