Bunnahabhain 1988 Marsala Finish

Bunnahabhain Having not reviewed much from Bunnahabhain I now find myself looking at a few expressions and wondering why ? This is one of the Islay distilleries that offers unpeated whisky and although that is the last thing you expect when talking about Islay it’s certainly becoming more acceptable these days. Located at the mouth…

Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair

Bunnahabhain Founded in 1881 the Bunnahabhain distillery is located on the fabled island of Islay. Bunnahabhain translates to the mouth of the river ( the river Margadale is located nearby and is the source of water for all the production ) and with its ever changing weather and rugged landscapes Islay isn’t a place for…

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 year old

The Character of Islay Whisky Company This is another name coming from the Atom Brands umbrella, more known for the incredible That Boutiquey Whisky Company this new sector is obviously going to be all about Islay ( well one would assume that ) Little is known about this new company but what has been said…

Big Peat 26 year old

Douglas Laing Independent bottlers don’t come any bigger than Douglas Laing.. Established in 1948 and now into the third generation of the family this independent bottler prides itself upon releasing some of the finest single casks of single malt whisky, single grain whisky as well as some exceptional blended malt whiskies and blends.. The company…

Bowmore 18

Bowmore   Proudly boasting being the oldest distillery on Islay, Bowmore was founded in 1779 by David Simpson after buying the land some years earlier in 1766. Not content with being the oldest distillery they also have the “worlds” oldest warehouse.. The legendary No1 Vaults is almost as old as the distillery itself although the rumours…

Big Peat 10 – The birthday boy..

Douglas Laing Established In 1948, this Glasgow based Independent bottler is today one of the leading bottlers of whisky in the world. Douglas Laing is well known for bottling single casks of malt whisky and single grain but they also have an impressive range of blended whiskies including the Remarkable Malts range which includes the…

Paul John – Peated Select

Paul John Paul John whisky hails from the Goa region of India and is considered by many as the premier whisky now coming out of the country.. The name on the bottle is derived from the owner himself Mr Paul John, who is also the name behind John Distillers ( the parent company of Paul…

Smokehead Sherry Bomb

Smokehead There is not too much information out there for this whisky other than it is from an undisclosed Islay distillery producing peated whisky, it is bottled by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd who are best known in the whisky industry for the awesome Glengoyne and Tamdhu brands but also under the umbrella are brands like…

Johnnie Walker Swing – 1970s Bottling

Johnnie Walker John Walker was born on the 25th of July 1805 into a farming family, his father died in 1819 and the farm was sold with the money getting invested into a grocery, wine and spirits shop on the high street of Kilmarnock. John ran the shop as a teenager and built up the…

Bowmore 27 year old – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Day 18 in the Boutiquey Advent Calendar and it’s a long old journey back to Islay.. Jet lag might set in, hopefully I won’t miss the ferry.. ( fingers crossed ) Bowmore, Which is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and the oldest on Islay having been founded way back in 1779 by David…

Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Get on the ferry we are a heading back to Islay !! Day 12 from the – That Boutiquey Whisky Company Advent Calendar offers up this Bruichladdich 13 year old, batch 11.. Bruichladdich has a philosophy that “Terroir matters” and that the process of making whisky is far greater than just the distillery itself …..

Lagavulin 12 Years Old (Special Release 2018)

Lagavulin Distillery Lagavulin, founded back in 1816 by John Johnson is the second whisky to be reviewed in this 2018 special release series from the  Diageo stable.. No Special Release would be the same without the Lagavulin 12 year old, it has after all featured in all but the very first release back in 2002…

Cu Bocan 1990 – Tomatin.

Tomatin Founded in around 1897 when the first official distillery on the site was registered, although it is believed that Whisky was produced well before this date and possibly as far back as the early 1700’s.. Found just 18 miles south of Inverness the distillery lies on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains at…

Bowmore 26yo, 1989 from Murray McDavid..

Bowmore is one distillery I unfortunately have not really covered much on my blog ( among a few others for which I’m trying to rectify ) So thought I’d better dig out something that might be of interest.. Unfortunately this expression is long since sold out but from memory when I last tried it I…

Islay #2, 25 yo.. That Boutique-y Whisky Company..

Day 22 and I’m Islay bound.. Now which secret distillery do we have here … It’s an Ard one !! That Boutiquey Whisky Company just seems to have a sadistic side to it, expression after expression is being released from top distilleries who insist on withholding the name and us poor customers have to try…

Caol Ila 6yo. That Boutique-y Whisky Company..

Ok so day two is upon us and what does my Boutique-y calendar have in store for me today.. It’s only another new release in the form of this Single cask Caol  Ila 6yo Batch 3 that boasts a bottling strength of 52.2%. Caol ila is owned by Diageo and is one of the resident…

Lossit-Small batch (The Lost Distillery Company)

Turning back the clock in whisky isn’t always possible but ” The Lost Distillery Company” are trying to do just that, well ok not quite turn back the clock but rather to give us an indication of what these lost distilleries might be producing today if they were still operating..   Lossit ” Farm ” distillery…

Bruichladdich Islay Barley

What do we have here then ? Another expression from those guys at Bruichladdich distillery,  this time the Islay based distillery is offering us a 100% Islay Barley made whisky.  Made with barley harvested back in 2006  from Rockside Farm ( located on Islay ) and distilled in 2007, this expression really is all Islay…

Lagavulin 8 year old

Lagavulin Distillery The distillery officially dates back to 1816,  this is when John Jonston and Archibald Campbell constructed two distilleries on the site. One of them became Lagavulin. Records show that illicit distillation occurred in at least ten illegal distilleries on the site dating as far back as 1742.  The Lagavulin distillery is located in…