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 »
Originally released around 2000, this great dram is becoming rarer and rarer. Laphroaig 30yo has garnered many plaudits, including a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2005.
A rare Scotch Malt Whisky Society release from the most cult of closed distilleries - Port Ellen, the third such cask they bottled. Distilled in April 1981, shortly before it closed, and bottled in November 1991 at just 10 years old.
The fifth cask bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky from Bowmore distillery on Islay. This was distilled in June 1974 and bottled 12 years later in October 1986, judging by the colour, from a sherry cask.
A 1968 vintage bottling from Bowmore, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Stanley P Morrison (later to become Morrison Bowmore). This is a big bold whisky with notes of passion fruit and a peaty kick.
Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com awarded it 91 points.
A rare and highly sought-after Laphroaig from the 1977 vintage bottled in the spring of 1995, just after the distillery gained its warrant from the Prince of Wales. This bottle has a very good reputation and is extremely hard to find these days.
A single cask bottling of Ardbeg whisky, distilled in 1972 and aged for 29 years. This whisky has undergone a finishing process of a minimum of 6 months in a sheryy cask, before being bottled at Douglas Laing's preferred strength of 50%.
An old Ardbeg from the days when they still ran their own on-site maltings. Bottled in 2003 by Douglas Laing for their Platinum Selection range. "Top notch again as expected" according to Serge Valentin on Whisky Fun.
A 1968 vintage Bowmore, bottled in the early 2000s by Hart Brothers. The 60s were a time of incredible production from the distillery, with some legendary drams being produced - hopefully this one lives up to the fearsome reputation.
A legendary 1968 bottling of Bunnahabhain. Aged in sherry casks for around 34 years before release in 2002, this scored a huge 93 points from malt maniac Serge Valentin and scores over 90 points from 12 of the others.<