Scotch Single Malt Whisky
These are whiskies that have been distilled at one distillery only, aged for at least three years and bottled above 40% abv. No grain whiskies can sit within this character, only those that have been made purely with malted barley. There are six regions where Scotch single malts are produced, these typically define the style and character of the whiskies. Speyside and Highlands are renowned for those rich and fruity styled whiskies, whilst Islay is home to the peat smoke.
A single cask release from a lesser known Speyside distillery, Auchroisk that has been matured in a red wine cask for 8 years and released by Langside distillers under the "Hepburn's Choice" range of independent bottling's. Distilled in 2009 and only 272 bottles released.
Ardmore is one of those distilleries that often gets overlooked by fans of Highland malt because it is peated and by those that like peated malt because it is not from Islay. This is a cracking young example bottled at 8 years old from just 2 Ex-Bourbon casks by Morrison & Mackay as part of the Carn Mor strictly limited range. Only 605 bottles of this 2009 vintage released and one to try if you like Highland Park or Benromach say.
Another striking release from the Special Releases series of 2017- the sixteenth bottling of Brora in the iconic series. Just 3,000 bottles were produced, drawn from refill American oak hogsheads which were initially filled in 1982.
From family-owned company Gordon & MacPahil comes this exceptional indie bottling of Glenesk which was distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2014. It was released as part of their Old & Rare range.
Distilled on the Isle of Skye at Talisker, this 7 year old single malt was held maturing in a refill hogshead from November 2009 to February 2017. When the whisky was charged from the cask by Hunter Laing for their Old Malt cask range, just 393 bottles were filled.
The Connoisseurs Choice range from Gordon & MacPhail is one of the true great-value ranges from the independent sector. This one is a light and youthful Arran whisky that was distilled in 2009 and has spent its time in a refill bourbon barrel. It’s bottled without colour and chill-filtration at 46% ABV.
The inaugural 100% Islay release from Kilchoman, aged for three years in bourbon casks. These releases feature all things Islay, nothing is used from elsewhere to make this whisky.
Kilchoman is becoming increasingly a fan favourite for those who like an Islay peated single malt. This is the Autumn 2009 release, which was matured in a mixture of first-fill and refill bourbon barrels, before being given a finish in Oloroso sherry butts; then it’s vatted alongside another refill bourbon matured single malt, and bottled at 46% ABV.
From Islays much-loved farm distillery Kilchoman, heres their 2009 vintage single malt whisky. It was aged for 8 years on the Island, exclusively in bourbon barrels. Another great release from the distillery, soon well be eying up their 10 year old on the shelf!
Matured in a refill hogshead at Caol Ila on the coast of Islay, this single malt Scotch spent 6 years in a single cask from 2009, until it was bottled by Langside in 2015. Just 204 of these made it into the bottle, presented for the Hepburns Choice range.
A snazzy Islay single malt here presented in a ceramic decanter for Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel series. The whisky was distilled at Bunnahabhain on the north-east coast of Islay and aged for 8 years before being bottled up with only 401 bottles released.
Bruichladdichs 2009 bottling of their Islay Barley expression, which states the origin of the barley used to make the whisky. This release used barley from Claggan, Cruach, Island and Mulindry farms. A top Islay single malt, with plenty of fruit kicking about.
A paramount release from the Ardbeg distillery, the Committee release of Rollercoaster was highly anticipated by thousands upon thousands of Ardbeg fans. Featuring whisky from every year between 1997 and 2006, its a whisky thatll no doubt go down in the history books.
Port Ellen of this age tends to make most whisky collectors weak at the knees, so you'd better snap it up. Bottled for Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, it was distilled in 1982, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 34 years...
Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the now-sadly closed distillery of Port Ellen. It was distilled on the Island of Islay in 1982 and bottled in August 2016 by Douglas Laing. After 33 years of maturation in cask #11120, there was a small outturn of just 198 bottles produced.
A heavily-sherried bottling of 33-year-old Port Ellen for the Old & Rare Platinum Selection by Hunter Laing. Just 108 of these were filled from the single sherry butt, once housed in what is now the lost distillery on Islay - Port Ellen.
A very well-aged single cask Bowmore distilled on the Isle of Islay in 1982 and matured for over three decades. It was released in 2014 by independent bottlers Wemyss Malts and titled Loch Indaal Catch to best describe the character of the whisky. 165 bottles were filled from the hogshead cask.
Released by Duncan Taylor as part of the Tantalus range, this is quite something from the Bowmore distillery. A 31 year old single malt Scotch whisky presented in a hand crafted case, made from the cask itself that matured this exact Spirit! Independent bottlers Duncan Taylor have done a fine job with the Tantalus bottlings.
An incredibly special release from Bunnahabain - 36 years maturing in the sea-front warehouses since 1980, initially in Oloroso sherry casks before being transferred to sweet Canasta sherry oak. The presentation case is inspired by the sea fairing history of the distillery, where up until 1960 they received all goods by boat. The design reflects the talented craftsmanship of th…
An independently bottled release of a long closed Lowland single malt from Morrison & Mackay under the "Carn Mor celebration of the cask" series of releases. Known as both the St.Magdalene and Linlithgow distillery and distilled...
A closed distillery bottling from Indie bottlers Douglas Laing. This 24 year old from St Magdelene was distilled at the Lowland site in 1982 and was eventually bottled for the Old Malt Cask range at 50% ABV.
A young and vibrant Tomatin, a nipper at 7 years old, this was bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of the Battlehill line of single malts. This range is all about the clan battles that used to take place near Duncan Taylor's Huntly HQ - many moons ago.
A single cask 8 year old offering from the lesser known Miltonduff Speyside distillery bottled as part of the Carn Mor independent releases by Morrisson & Mackay. Matured in an Ex-Bourbon barrel with only 321 bottles available.
The Hepburn's Choice series manages to showcase some unusual distilleries at a relatively youthful age. Miltonduff is a Chivas-owned distillery, and this offering was distilled in 2009 before being matured for seven years in a sherry hogshead. Only 429 bottles were available.