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Garnheath 43 Year Old: Rare, Limited-Production Single Malt from a “Lost Distillery” - 12/05/2017 - Single Malt Scotch

Our “Old Particular” program continues to be a favorite among Scotch drinkers. And today’s offering, the 1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky, is a classic example of why. From a now closed or “lost” distillery, the Garnheath offers both exceptional rarity and unparalleled value. We got out of the "lost distillery" game years ago, no longer willing to pay the crazy prices for Port Ellen and Brora, but luckily for us there's still not much of a market for grain whisky despite the huge success of brands like the Nikka Coffey Still. We're not complaining, however! We went back and dug out a second cask of 43 year old Garnheath, the long lost facility from Scotland's Lowland region that operated between 1965 and 1986 before closing forever. Considering both the age and the rarity of the whisky, the price is downright ridiculous for something this delicious and exotic, but so long as we keep finding deals like this, we'll keep passing on the savings to you!

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) >36 $249.99 View
2007 Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) >36 $49.99 View
1991 North British 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) 14 $69.99 View
2008 Talisker 8 Year Old "Old Particular - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) >36 $59.99 View
1995 Miltonduff 22 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) >36 $89.99 View
1996 Caol Ila 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) >36 $129.99 View
1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) >36 $149.99 View


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1974 Garnheath 43 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) ($249.99)

Part two of Garnheath is finally here! Part of our lost whisky collection (meaning distilleries that have since closed and/or been demolished), we bring you the follow-up to our absolutely stunning cask of old Garnheath, a grain whisky from the once-active distillery site inside of Inver House's Moffat site located just east of Glasgow on the road to Edinburgh. The distillery was located next to another closed malt producing site: Glenflagler. Closed in the mid-eighties, now just a memory and a story to share among friends, the spirit of Garnheath lives on (literally) in this single barrel, cask strength edition bottled just for K&L. Not only is the Garnheath a lost legend, this 43 year old edition is one of the smoothest, roundest, most luxurious whiskies we've ever had the pleasure of selling. It rolls across the tongue effortlessly, coating the palate with rich waves of caramel, honey and maple syrup. In classic grain whisky style, there's no maltiness or smoke here. It's just four glorious decades of barrel maturation at work: orange zest, candied sugar and apricot. A true whisky classic in the making and a piece of history, to boot. The whisky is a year older, but the price remains the same. This is the last cask of Garnheath in the warehouse and it will be the last we bring in under the Old Particular label.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 17, 2017

This Garnheath grain whisky aged 43 years is, simply put, a beautiful thing. After over four decades in the barrel, its taken on a beautiful light brown color with vanilla, cocoa, and honeyed cereal notes that are smooth and creamy all the way across the palate. Its an experience to behold, not even considering its an irreplaceable piece of history.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This is one of the richest, most burnished and appealingly maple/cola/sweet-ish grain whiskies I have yet to try. The alcohol is perfectly balanced, the lush burnt sugar and spice notes are expansive and linger on the palate for a long while. If you're after older grain whiskey, or even if you're a Bourbon fan chasing after something rare, old and delicious, I would strongly recommend the Old Particular Garnheath 43 Year Old. Yes, 43 year Old! Delicious stuff.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love when I get a chance to taste any whisky with significant age on it and the single grains we get in from Old Particular are always the best way to get truly older whisky. Even so I was surprised in the best way possible with this bottling from Garnheath. I did get some older wood characteristics in the nose alongside vanilla, and white toffee the palate was shockingly young and vibrant. It did not necessarily taste like a younger whisky, it has the elegance and complexity that age brings. However it was brimming with power and flavor, vanilla notes with white fudge swiftly turn to rising spicy layers and finish with a maple syrup sweetness. There is nothing off putting or odd in this bottling, just spectacular old whisky that reminds me more of an older American than an old Scottish whisky.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

At 43 years old this grain whiskey is still alive and delicious. Beautiful caramel aromas lead to a whiskey that is packed full of concentrated flavors. It is big and round with sweet richness and a touch of spice. There is a long sweet tongue coating finish that helps make this a good selection for grain whiskey lovers.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

The delights of old grain whisky are numerous. The sweetness, the round profile, the cream and vanilla, and of course, the price! Where do you find 43 year old cask strength whisky at this kind of price!? No where but K&L. The nose is seductive and warm and gives fair warning that whisky in your glass will be creamy and rich. Toasted coconuts, grain tea, sweet oak spices carry the palate through to a long and enjoyable finish. This is the kind of whisky that makes a perfect gift. It has a huge number on the front, tastes delicious and there are few people who, when poured a glass, won't enjoy it.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

If you want to knock someone's socks off this year with the perfect bottle of Scotch, go with the Garnheath. Few people will know what it is, but everyone who has tasted this whisky thus far has been absolutely bowled over by its richness and concentration of flavor. Not only is the whisky absolutely delicious, it's unbelievably rare. Garnheath was only open for two decades during the sixties and seventies before it was shutdown for good. It's a forgotten piece of the past come back to life in this bottle. Old grain whiskies are still incredibly affordable for the price (even rare ones like this), but that's starting to change. Nikka has seen tremendous success with its Coffey grain expression at $60 per bottle, so imagine a more intense version of that whisky, more than four times as old, and 1000x as rare. That's what you're getting for $249.99. Creamy on the palate, and reduced down to 47% naturally after four decades, this is an ultra smooth Scotch with loads of fudge, maple syrup, and spice. This is the rare, limited edition bottle for people who don't want to drop $10,000 for Macallan.

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2007 Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($49.99)

Those interested in truly learning what the term "refill hogshead" refers to will get exhibit A with this new 10 year old Bunnahabhain release. Clearly the vessel had been used a number of times before it was filled with cask strength whisky from Islay, offering little in terms of richness and weight. That's OK, however, because Islay whiskies carry so much character on their own that often little oak is needed to showcase what is already a quality malt from Bunnahabhain. At 55.2%, this is the quintessential rocks whisky, brimming with sweet grains, crisp fruit, and just a pinch of sea salt on the palate. While the initial sip offers simplicity, the finish is where the whisky dials up its most potent punch with a flurry of sweet spices and subtle smoke. This single cask edition of Bunnahabhain is a far cry from the supple and weighty whiskies released under the distillery brand. It's a fresh and unadulterated look at what Islay spirit tastes like in its purest and cleanest form; charming and engaging from front to back.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2017

This is a tasty gem that is joyful and interesting. There are subtle aromas of honey and wax with a undertone of savory notes. In the mouth it is soft, round and easy with honey, wax and savory notes continuing. This is a very good bottle of single malt. I tasted this with a touch of water.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2017

I have been waiting to taste this bottle since I saw that eventually we would be getting it and I thought I would have to wait until the fall. Then today Driscoll swept in like a messenger of the gods and delivered my sample and it is as fun an exciting as I was hoping. From a refill cask this bottling does not have the rich sherry or bourbon notes I am used to from this distillery and allows the whisky inside to speak for itself. Beautiful vanilla and warm fruit in the nose with notes of cereal lead to a fresh palate. Although this bottling is significantly lighter than the distillery bottlings there is still a lot of complexity and richness here with a subtle core of smoke. The cask strength does not overwhelm and the finish of rising spice notes are lovely.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 17, 2017

One of the more pale colored ten year old malts I've come across, what the Bunnahabhain lacks in color and complexity it makes up for with sheer charm and value. This is a straight forward Islay whisky with flavors of soft fruit, sea salt, and subtle smoke. The proof is dialed up, meaning that a few ice cubes quickly turn this baby into the perfect summer Highball, but the higher ABV also brings a flurry of potency on the finish with flavors of sweet malt, stonefruit, and spice. I think fans of the traditional Bunnahabhain 12 and 18 malts will find this single barrel edition a far cry from the supple and weighty whiskies they've tasted before, but simultaneously they'll experience the essence of Bunnahabhain with its core elements still in place.

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1991 North British 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Grain Whisky (750ml) ($69.99)

Just outside of Edinburgh sits the North British grain distillery, a facility that uses unmalted grains like corn and wheat and distills them on a column still to produce grain whisky--one of the more misunderstood personalities of the whisky universe. Most of you have had grain whisky before, you've just had it in conjunction with single malt whisky in expressions like Johnnie Walker or Chivas. Grain whisky is what's ultimately combined with single malt whisky to create "blended" whisky (hence the name). What hasn't been clear to most drinkers until rather recently, however, is how wonderful grain whisky can be on its own, especially when aged twenty years or more.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2017

Another excellent cask from North British distillery that has a lot to offer. It is on the light side and very smooth with a pretty nice kiss of sweetness on the finish. This is a whiskey to set back with and simply enjoy. Although it is 25 years old it is not too old but is still lively and fresh.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 07, 2017

Another spectacular offering of a single grain whisky from the great North British distillery. This 25 year old whisky offers up all of the richness and smoothness I have come to love in these older grain bottlings. Soft vanilla and candied sugar on the nose lead to a silky smooth honey and vanilla on the palate with notes of caramelized sugar. A seamless finish of baking spice with very little heat rounds out this delightful cask, just a good drinking whisky for those who love whisky.

Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 03, 2017

Seriously, where has this whisky been all my life, or at least my life beyond the age of 21? It was no surprise that this Scotch is as fantastic as our previous releases of North British that flew off the shelves almost as quickly as they arrived. I tasted toasted cereal, honey and sweet cream; it finishes with juicy nectarine, marzipan, and a touch of vanilla and soft salt. A beautiful and delicious 25 year expression!

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 03, 2017

I thought I had missed the boat completely on the North British for the year. Turns out Driscoll was hiding another great cask of single grain. The nose is pretty and sweet, full of honey, sweet cream butter, and maple coated pancakes. The palate really pours it on and shows wonderful cereal notes to boot. Breakfast in a bottle. The finish is clean and smooth, like French Vanilla ice cream. A little water will open up this bottle in a big way.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 01, 2017

Every time these bottlings come through our inventory I wonder when the main stream masses will catch up to the insane value of single grain whisky...The fact that we can still offer bottles like this in the era of Yamazaki 12 year being all but impossible to get and Macallan 18 year costing $250 is just insane. This is packed full of rich, creamy, golden fruit, toasted grains, butterscotch, sweet spice and burnt brown sugar. Such an unctuous and satisfying drink...and man the price just can't be beat.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 01, 2017

Well this is just everything you could ask for in a Scotch whisky, right here. It's potently rich and full of vanilla, brimming with sweet oak, and punchy on the finish. It's like the buttery icing on a chocolate cake and then the oak takes over and the finish turns woody in the best possible way. This almost tastes like something in between Scotch and Bourbon. Oh....and it's 25 years old, full proof, from a single barrel, and less than $75. Swoop in quickly before the masses seal the fate of this hot deal.

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2008 Talisker 8 Year Old "Old Particular - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($59.99)

Anyone familiar with Talisker understands its role in the pantheon of Scotland's greatest distilleries. Located on the Isle of Skye, a rugged and remote locate battered by the wind and sea, the malt produced at Talisker has always captured the imagination of whisky drinkers with its maritime flavors of salt, smoke, oil, and peat. It has also long been one of Scotland's most refined and elegant whiskies, balancing those elements with restraint and delicacy in comparison to Islay's more powerful and intense expressions like Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Talisker is a smoky whisky, full of bonfire and soot, but the standard 10 year distillery release manages to mellow out the phenolic elements with ample fruit and vanilla. What this single barrel cask strength 8 year old edition allows for is an unbridled and unrestrained look into the whisky's true power and potential. It's everything we know and love about Talisker, just dialed up. The first sip brings sweetness from the malted barley and oak cask maturation, followed by fruit and baking spices as well, but then the power of the proof kicks in and the peat takes over. There are notes of tar and salt, followed by more chimney smoke and earth, before those notes begin to fade and the earthier notes of pure peat highlight the finish. All in all, it's a Talisker lover's dream, but it's Talisker with an ode to Islay in terms of power and potency.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 23, 2017

It is supposed to rain this week in Northern California. Not only is this great news for firefighters and farmers alike, this is great news for whisky fans. It's time to bring on the cozy confines of a peated glass of Scotch. The Talisker 8 year old has everything you might want to kick off the season. No baby, this dram is booming with power and fresh cut peat. Sea spray and cool moss control the nose but don't diminish the underlying barley. There is a finesse there. Balanced and in control the palate is sweet, the texture rich, and the proof high enough to cut. Almost like bright fresh acid in a bottle of Chablis there is a lift provided by the proof. The finish is long and mouth-coating. After you've swallowed there is a cool interplay between the cereal and ash notes of the peat that persists for a long time. This is the perfect transition from hot weather into cool autumn nights until winter truly sets in.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 19, 2017

Single cask expression are interesting and fun because each cask has its own personality. What makes this cask so unique is how rich and juicy it is. It begins with nice subtle smoke aromas and continues onto a creamy, concentrated and round flavor bomb of complex malt flavors with delicate undertones of smoke and general island flavors. This cask is 8 years old, and some people might think that it is too young to drink, but it is delicious now and is ready to go

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1995 Miltonduff 22 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($89.99)

If you're tired of the same sweet vanilla and soft stonefruit profile of your typical Highland malt, I invite you to check out this 22 year old single barrel release from Miltonduff: a Speyside distillery that sees most of its malt go into the Chivas Blended portfolio. At 57.6% ABV cask strength and with a malty, gristy note, this is a robust and heavy whisky that very much tastes like malted barley smells, but with added notes of dark chocolate and cacao that carries over from the malting process. Intermixed with the malt and mocha notes are hints of toasted nuts and new oak with a classic Scotch whisky finish that is again accentuated from the huge proof. Mixed nuts and roasted cocoa flavors are the calling card of Miltonduff and this 22 year old cask offers both of those profiles with a bold and assertive character. It's definitely not your typical gentle, graceful Highland malt. This is big time stuff.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This is a complex and structured single malt. It comes across on the dry side with concentrated round and mouth filling flavors. There is a beautiful nose of beeswax and honey and a nice long fresh fruit finish. This single malt is both interesting and tasty.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

For those who like a classic, old school, no frills Highland style, this is perhaps the best value in the store. Full of aromas and flavors of hulled grains, there are also nicely integrated bass tones of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. A delicious and satisfying dram if you don't need tons of smoke or Sherry, but rather are up for a fine, textbook single malt.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

Everyone seems to be pretty thrilled with our 20+ year old, cask strength, single barrel, Highland malt whiskies thus far, so I'm not slowing down anytime soon. As long as I keep tasting great stuff like this for well under $100, I'll keep snagging them for our whisky-loving customers. Unlike say the Tamdhu we featured previously, this Miltonduff is far more gritty in its maltiness. We say "gristy" because it tastes like the grist smells when it's being cooked at the distillery. It's a sweet grainy note that has roasted flavors of cacao and dark chocolate that come through clearly in the whisky. This is a hearty whisky, made for the cold winter weather when something bold and assertive is needed to cut down the chill from outside. Again, for a single malt this old and at this proof, the price is a no brainer.

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1996 Caol Ila 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($129.99)

Caol Ila's whisky can be as transitive and unpredictable as the Islay weather itself; sometimes it's light and breezy, while other times powerful and thunderous in its character. At cask strength, the salt, smoke, and peat aromas often leap out of the glass, but when tempered the creaminess and fruitiness of the spirit itself is allowed to shine, fat and unctuous in its texture. With this cask of 20 year old Caol Ila, we have the best of both worlds: a full proof, no-water-added single barrel whisky that has naturally proofed itself down to 46% after two decades in wood. The nose is an absolute dream: sweetly-tinged smoke, burning embers, with faint aromas of peach and apricot in the background. The palate is simply perfect: sweet vanilla intermixed with peat, salt, and ash, but always with a roundness of texture that's a product of the distillery's wide-necked pot stills. It's a perfect Caol Ila specimen, highlighting the strengths of the Islay distillery's personality, each with equal concentration and intensity, all in harmony and balance.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2017

If you are a fan of Islay whisky just buy this, seriously this is just absolutely beautiful Islay at a wonderful age. I have said on more than one occasion that Caol Ila may be my favorite Scotch once it has had a chance to age because it just always seems that somewhere right around the 20 year mark this whisky just all comes together and sings. This bottling is no exception and the price is fantastic for what you are getting. Light fruit, honey, ash and smoke on the nose lead to an incredibly balanced palate. Here an immediate strong core of just doused campfire smoke carried the young sweet fruit, honey, and seaside notes effortlessly. The balance is amazing and the finish is surprisingly soft and mild. Just delightful!

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2017

This cask of Caol Ila was a lucky find because it has so much to offer. There are pleasant smoke aromas that should please any fan of single malts from Islay. My first though when I tasted it was that this cask is really something special. There is such a nice mixture of smoke, sea like flavors and malt , and it is concentrated and intense. I tasted this with no additional water because it was 46% alc/vol. when bottled which probably helps explain the lovely concentrated flavor.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2017

It's my favorite time of year here at K&L. Not only are we hitting our stride in the busy season for wine, but it's finally whisky season. I wait all year to see what David has hidden up his sleeve. As the market for fine malts gets tighter and tighter we still manage to procure things like this. 20 glorious years in barrel has brought the full proof down, integrated the smoky and salt, and let the barley shine through. The end result is one of the most approachable and lovely Islay whisky's I've tasted this year. The big brash smoke of Caol Ila's youth has been tempered with age into an assertive and confident dram, the salt air of Islay permeates the glass. Fresh fruits of a distant land waft in and out. The palate is smooth and lingering. There is a touch of sweetness on the back end and a little piquant spice. This is a no brainer for the whisky lover in your life during the holidays...even if that whisky lover happens to be yourself.

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

This might be the deal of the holiday season in Scotch whiskeys. After tasting it, Im almost tempted to use the word perfect to describe it. It showcases the beautiful Islay brininess and smoke as a subtle undertone to the rich, sweet malt profile. The flavor punch from the full strength, single cask is incredible but balanced and fully integrated. Definitely my top pick for holiday Scotch.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

One of my all time favorite whiskies was the old distillery edition of the Caol Ila 18 - a beautiful rendition of the Islay single malt that packed equal weight and richness of texture with all that peaty goodness. It wasn't a cask strength edition, which is what really made the difference for me. If a distillery can manage to find the sweet spot with water, I'm all for reduced spirits in bottle. The beauty of this 20 year old Caol Ila is that it's at cask strength, but has naturally reduced itself to the perfect 46% ABV (exactly where many distilleries will reduce to). The result is the closest thing I've ever tasted to that legendary 18 year bottle that is now just a memory. The nose is simply haunting; an enticing combination of vanilla, creme brulee, and campfire embers. The whisky rolls over your tongue with creaminess and texture, but it leaves a trail of peat smoke in its wake. If you want the perfect Islay whisky, this is it. It doesn't get much better than this. Buy three if you can afford it.

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1997 Bowmore 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

There are two things that are consistent about Bowmore: the whisky is almost always awe-inspiring and rare editions will most often cost you a pretty penny. The stalwart of Islay is the spiritual home of smoky whisky, known equally for its grace under a peat fire. The Bowmore 25, one of the distillery's most magical expressions, routinely hovers between the $400 -$500 price point on the open market, but for this holiday season we set out to find a more affordable version for our customers who want something special, but not quite that expensive. This cask strength 55.7% 20 year old single barrel edition, while lacking any sherry influence, still manages to offer an incredible amount of sweetness from the refill oak hogshead, coupling with the clean flavors of malted barley and vanilla. The richness overtakes the palate initially, which is rare in an Islay whisky with this much smoke, dominating the flavor profile right off the bat. The peat and campfire notes don't begin until almost halfway through the process, combining sea salt and maritime elements with caramel and ash on the finish. There's plenty of Islay influence here, but it's beautifully balanced by the whisky's inherent maltiness. In a nutshell, it's textbook Bowmore with maturity and power for a fantastic price. It tastes exactly the way the distillery itself smells when you enter it, haunting the senses with equal parts malt and smoke. Our cask is a chance at true single malt royalty for a reasonable entry fee.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

What I like about the Bowmore offerings is that they are balanced and nuanced. This single cask is no exception. It begins with nice smoke and sea aromas that are not heavy or over-powering. In the mouth this Bowmore is concentrated and complex, with rich and round flavors and hints of smoke coming through. There is a nice long finish. I tasted this with a splash of water.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 03, 2017

I've tasted old Bowmore whiskies with heavy peat, heavy sherry, heavy smoke, and heavy funk, but I've never tasted one with this much sweet malt and vanilla. That's not to say this edition goes easy on the smoke, however, because there's definitely plenty of phenolic goodness to light the way home on the finish. This 20 year cask is maritime whisky at its finest. It reminds me of walking the streets in Bowmore near the distillery for the first time years ago, grabbing a plate of fresh oysters at the Harbour Inn across the street, then ducking into Duffie's for a quick dram. In a sense, it's a nostalgic whisky. It reminds me of what got me into whisky in the first place, a sense of wonder and complexity at how a golden liquid like this could taste so damn good. If you're in search of that feeling, that sense of excitement that may have been lacking from your single malt consumption as of late, I invite you to find that feeling again in this bottle.

Staff ImageAndrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

Getting single casks from major distilleries like Bowmore just makes me so happy. It's a unique way to look at the components of a particular distillery and dive into what makes them so special. This 20 year old Bowmore is no exception. The nose is exquisite. It's loaded with sea spray, sweet fruits, and extinguished campfire. I feel like I can reach out and touch the wet malt on the floor just as the dry smoky air starts to fill the room. It's clean and pure, powerful whisky. The barley song is loud and clear. All off the pieces are there to be examined, yet harmoniously balanced into a whole single experience. This whisky perfectly shows why single malt are so compelling. They are a fascinating way to watch the whole movie, frame by frame, as they age.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

This fantastic refill hogshead of Bowmore has all the complexity that one would expect from a 20 year old Islay, balanced by fresh sea air. This is not a heavy dram, but rather an expansive one, and has the rare peacock's tail finish that I prize in the finest of drinks. It seems to expand after each sip, with the flavor coming on stronger after each sip. I like this best diluted down to about 40%, so I'll get almost a liter of pleasure out of my bottle!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 02, 2017

Im a huge fan of the Bowmore whiskeys, mostly because they display their Islay characteristics with subtlety and grace. The peat is always a soft undertone to the malty complexity. This single cask from Old Particular is faithful to that mission. Flavors of toasted cereals, orange citrus oil, vanilla and briny smoke are robust and sweet on the palate, with incredible integration. Normally sensitive to higher alcohol levels, at 55.7% abv this was very enjoyable neat for me. If you enjoy these Old Particular single cask offerings, this is definitely a winner.