Whisky has demonstrated to be a fantastic collector’s item in past years, achieving higher returns sometimes more than gold. These bottles are considered as some of the best memorabilia on the market. Taking you through the series II.
On the far edge of the Scotch whisky map, it's supposed that the art of distillation was first brought to Islay by Irish monks. Being remote, it’s an art that flourished in the hands of the islanders, whose illegal operations tested the resolve and means of the tax man. Eventually, the law relaxed, various whisky makers set up legitimate distilleries, among them a pair of farmers, Donald and Alexander Johnston, who in 1815 founded their distillery on the island’s south coast. Laphroaig, so called after its location, ‘broad hollow by the bay.’ It would remain in family hands for the next 139 years
Thanks to natural alchemy and centuries-old craftsmanship, The Balvenie is unique among single malts. The whisky-making process is dedicated to maintaining the Five Rare Crafts and Balvenie is the only distillery in Scotland that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both a coppersmith and a team of coopers on site. And Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE presides over the all-important maturation process. Making The Balvenie the most hand-crafted of single malts.
Bowmore is the first licensed Islay distillery. It has stood on the shores of Lochindaal, a sea loch opening out into the wild Atlantic Ocean, since 1779. To this day, the distillery still operates in traditional ways, honouring the origin whisky-making techniques. Bowmore is still hand crafted today.
Time is invested at every stage. And this care and attention to detail create the unique and timeless house style of Bowmore. Unparalleled single malts that remain unimitated and age like no other on Islay. Time has shaped Islay’s coastal landscape which in turn has inspired the approach to life that makes Bowmore an outstanding whisky.
Bowmore has drawn inspiration from its stunning surroundings. Islay is home to some of the oldest strata in the world. These rocks have been shaped by the wild elements of Islay over a long period of time. Transformed by seasons, enriched by the wild elements. These formations surround our distillery and they are linked to the origins of our name itself.
Buchanan’s is named after the late James Buchanan, a driven whisky entrepreneur who crafted a Scotch that redefined greatness. Instead of creating a Scotch to be revered, he created a uniquely smooth blend that could be shared and enjoyed by all. In fact, the original Buchanan’s bottle design was inspired by the selfless act of sharing water canteens between British soldiers during times of conflict. Buchanan launched his whisky company in 1884 and quickly shared it with the world, traveling from Scotland to London to Latin America. Today, the bottle’s Red Lion crest proudly wears its origin, “Buchanan’s Scotland,” but continues to spread its smoothness around the globe from Bogota to Los Angeles to Mexico City. After all, greatness is meant to be shared by all.
Bunnahabhain distillery has sat proudly on the shores of The Sound of Islay for over 125 years, quietly making a distinct Islay single malt, which is known for its uniquely complex taste.
Bunnahabhain (pronounced Bu-na-ha-venn) Distillery lies on the isolated north-eastern tip of Islay, close to the Margadale River. Building of the distillery commenced on the site in 1881. At that time the sea offered the easiest access to this remote place and men would battle the ocean to arrive with their barley in preparation for the creation of something quite wonderful. Bunnahabhain is quite distinct from the other single malts of the island, given the wonderfully gentle taste profile for which it is known.
Part of the triumvirate of heavily-peated southern Islay malts, alongside Ardbeg and Laphroaig, Lagavulin distillery was officially founded in 1816 by John Johnston
Lagavulin is almost exclusively matured in ex-bourbon casks, meaning its robust, uncompromising smoke and salted-fish character comes storming out of the glass unhindered. It has converted untold numbers of people to whisky drinking and remains the firm favourite of countless malt fans worldwide.
Lagavulin is made in the south of Islay, at a distillery with breathtaking views over Lagavulin Bay. Its whiskies are made with water from the Solan Lochs, while the peat – so crucial to their distinctive flavour – comes from the extensive peat bogs in the west of the island.