Highland Park 12 year old Single Malt is one of the best all round 12 year old expressions in the world of whisky today. It balances peat smoke with the 'Heather-honey' distillate influences along with and array of citrus fruits and spices from the casks. It truely is one of the greats.
Bowmore 12 year old Single Malt is the flagship of the Bowmore range. It displays the typical Islay peated malt style in all it's glory.Matured in ex-bourbon casks, Bowmore 12 year old Single Malt delivers gentle peat throughout the palate balanced by citrus fruits, lemon, peach, and wonderful honey sweetness. The finish is long, elegant, and mellow, making it a go-top Whisky for any fan of Islay Malts.
Laphroaig 10 year old Single Malt is a Peated Islay Single Malt, and one of the most recognisable brands in the world of whisky, if you mentioned Peat, chances are, someone will mention Laphroaig.The nose is dominated by salty peat, sea air, and medicinal notes. The palate then allows elements of citrus fruits to come through, pear & lemon, this is surrounded by those salty, briny, seaweed notes from the nose. Laphroaig 10 year old Single Malt is a true representation of the elements of Islay in a whisky.
Talisker 10 year old is one of Diageo's Classic Malts, and it is made at the Talisker distillery, which was for a long time, the only distillery on the Isle of Skye.The nose and palate of Talisker 10 year old are filled with smoke, oak and spice. There are some rich fruit notes present, with a lingering sense of smouldering heather, and malt spices. A favourite among many heated Malt whisky drinkers.
Bunnahabhain 12 year old Single Malt has been judged by many as the 'defining' 12 year old Scotch Malt Whisky. When tasting this whisky, your palate is taken on a journey exploring the region, the distillate, the cask influence, and the marrying of the Malt whiskies.Bottled at 46.3% and non-chill filtered, Bunnahabhain 12 gives notes of soft smoke, sherried spices, while delivering a balance of richness and sweetness that soothes the palate. One of the best 12 year olds in Whisky.
Caol Ila 12 year old Single Malt comes from one of the lesser talked about distilleries on Islay. Owned by Diageo, the majority of the Caol Ila distillery's production goes into the Johnnie Walker Blended whiskies. But their age statement release, 12, 18, & 25 year olds are some of the most complex whiskies on the market.The nose has a light touch of smoke intertwined with barley notes and soft malt sweetness. The palate has a soft sweet balance with toffee, vanilla and sweet peat. The finish is long and complex, making this a stand-out dram at any event.
Ledaig 10 year old Single Malt is produced at the Tobermory Distillery on the island of Mull. At the Tobermory Distillery they produce Un-peated Single Malts titled, Tobermory, and Peated Single Malts titled, Ledaig.This whisky has subtle hints of peat surrounded by charred wood, oak spice, and hints of barley throughout. The distillate is present delicately balanced by the wood influences. Leading 10 year old Single Malt is a must try for all peat lovers.
Bowmore 15 year old Single Malt 'Darkest', is one of the most fruitful expression available from Islay today. It is initially matured mostly in ex-bourbon casks, with a small amount of ex-sherry casks used also, and then finished for 3 years in Oloroso Sherry Casks.This whisky balances peat smoke perfectly with lots of rich & dark fruits throughout. On the nose, there are an array of dark fruits, raisins, burnt sugar, and leathery smoke. The palate is an enigma of pungent dark fruits, peat smoke, & spice. Bowmore 15 year old 'Darkest', is one of the most complex whiskies in the Bowmore Range, and represents excellent value within the category.
Lagavulin 16 year old Single Malt is one of Diageo's Classic Malts, and it is the flagship whisky of the Lagavulin Distillery, one of Islay's most famous distilleries. It is a full-bodied, rich, and round whisky, and has many devoted followers world wide.The nose and palate of this whisky are filled with pungent smoke, rich fruits, kippers, and sweet spice. Even with the pungent smoke, this whisky displays how effectively balanced a whisky can be, with all elements of flavour allowed to play their part. Lagavulin 16 year old Single Malt has set the benchmark for Islay Malts.
Bowmore 18 year old Single Malt is matured in a selection of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and married together before bottling. This whisky brings forth some of the most distinctive elements of the Bowmore range, with salty peat, rich fruits from the cask influence, but yet that clear Bowmore floral elements is clear throughout.The nose of Bowmore 18 Single Malt delivers peat smoke, stewed fruits and fresh barley elements. The palate infuses floral peat smoke, like burning heather, with hints of citrus fruits and a light nuttiness. It's an incredibly well balanced offering.
Bowmore 25 year old Single Malt is a great representation of what you should expect from the very best whiskies from Islay. Even though this whisky has been maturing in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for at least 25 years, the Bowmore distillate still shines through in all of it's floral glory, intertwined with the cask influence, you get one of the finest whisky's on Islay.The nose and palate of this whisky coincide with each other. There are elements of peat smoke, citrus fruits, but dominated by floral tones, barley and green fruits. The palate is wonderfully complex and allows you to find varying flavours when some time is spent with it. Bowmore 25 year old Single Malt is one of the greats of Islay.
This particular Laphroaig 25 year old release, won Best Cask Strength Single Malt at the IWSC Awards in 2011. The release at Cask strength made a considerable difference to this whisky, and it has now solidified it's place as one of the best Peated Single Malts ever released.The palate of this whisky is one of the most complex in Islay Malts. There are notes of signature Laphroaig coal dust, smoke, seaweed, and woodsmoke which you might expect from older Laphroaigs. But, they are followed by big shared sweetness, almost jammy fruits, balanced by the spice, and saltiness of it's backbone. An incredible whisky!