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 1996 vintage Caol Ila from independent bottlers Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Casks series. Aged for 17 years before bottling, this is a classically sweet and peaty example of the distillery's style.
A 1990 vintage Laphroaig bottled by indie bottler Montgomerie's in July 2009 at 18 years of age. This was distilled in the early days of legendary former manager Iain Henderson's reign at the distillery.
The 3rd batch of Laphroaig's riotously popular small batch editions of their famed 10yo cask strength Islay single malt. No doubt this will be as big a hit as the previous editions - this is an expression that never disappoints.
Bottled at the end of 2012, this is a cask strength edition of the wonderful Port Askaig 19 year old, bursting with fabulously flinty, lemony, seashells-on-the-sea-shore flavours. Although the alcoholic strength has only gone up around 4%, the result is a very noticeable jump in flavour intensity. A truly elemental whisky, perfect for swigging from hipflasks during cold winter walks.
As reliably excellent as ever, the 2011 Special Releases Lagavulin 12yo was distilled in 1999 and vatted from refill American oak casks. As you'd expect, this is a very upfront, sooty-sweet Lagavulin in the classic style. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 12 years and under
A lightly coloured single cask 1989 Bowmore bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. I suspect that this came out of a several-times-refilled sherry cask, but with 21 years under its belt it should have a bit of oomph still.
A 1991 vintage Bruichladdich from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their cask strength range. This was aged in a brace of refill bourbon casks for over 20 years before being bottled in September 2012.