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 »
Port Askaig is terrific Islay single malt bottled by our sister company Speciality Drinks. This 17 year-old has a sumptuous balance of smoke, citrus and sweetness - dangerously more-ish for the Islay fans among us.
A peated 1989 Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Berry Brothers & Rudd. The peated spirit is sometimes referred to as Margadale after the river that exists as the distillery's water source. This was bottled after 23 years of maturation and the angels must have been thirsty as it is at a cask strength of just 44%.
One of the first three whiskies in Bruichladdich's Cuvee series, with a subtitle of MG41 [L'Age d'Or] (no, us neither), matured in American oak casks before finishing in Limousin oak casks previously used to hold Sauternes and Barsac sweet wines.
One of the three initial releases in Bruichladdich's Cuvee range, Cuvee 407 is simply named PX and is subtitled 'La Noche Bocca Arriba', the title of a short story by Julio Cortázar. It's matured in American oak and then finished in PX casks.
The third of the first three whiskies to appear in Bruichladdich's Cuvee range - Eroica, subtitled 'Oh mensch! Gieb acht! Was spricht die tiefe mitternacht?', the opening line from a song in Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It's an American oak matured whisky finished in Limousin oak that once held brandy.
The fourth official release of Bruichladdich's heavily-peated Port Charlotte single malt came out in 2009, arriving the same week that it was named Best Whisky at the 2009 Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh. PC8 Ar Duthchas has been amongst the most highly-regarded of this hugely sought-after series ever since.
Lagavulin 12yo is always one of the most anticipated bottlings in Diageo's Special Releases. As before, this is a full strength bottling from American oak casks. Malt Maniacs Awards 2011: Best Natural Cask Award (Daily Drams)