Ardbeg Uigedail

A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength. A marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which gives a sweet and smokey finish to this malt. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows. An absolutely stunning whisky, and following the demise of the Airigh nam Beist this probably represents the best value in the core range.

Bowmore 12 Year Old

Complex yet perfectly balanced, our 12 Years Old reflects the raw essence of Bowmore – thrashing waves, windswept landscapes and generations of tradition. Bowmore 12 Years Old has received much critical acclaim; the late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson proclaimed it “remarkably long and complex”. We like to think of it as vanilla ice cream at a beach bonfire.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig have revived the practise of using smaller casks, once used as they were easier to transport by mule or packhorse (and perhaps avoid the Exciseman). These cask sizes became uneconomic in the advent of rail and road transport so larger casks begain to be used.
With a smaller cask comes greater contact and interaction between spirit and wood, as the ratio is increased by up to 30% as compared to normal casks. In simple terms this means quicker maturation. Furthermore, thet finish the maturation of this whisky in the ancient No.1 Dunnage Warehouse right on the seashore.

Here’s what the distillers think about the end product:
“The result surprised and delighted us. The additional oak influence from the quarter casks had created a soft sweetness and velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig comes bursting through. The finish is very long and alternates between the wood sweetness and the classic phenolic “peat reek” like the waves on our shore.”

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.

Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!