A great Islay single malt from an unnamed distillery. The Ileach always scores well with the critics, this cask strength edition was awarded a mindblowingly high 97 points by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible.
The Story of the Vintage Malt Whisky Co.
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. was founded in 1992 by Brian Crook, an honours graduate in Food Science with twenty years experience in the malt whisky industry, latterly as Export Director for one of Scotland's principal distillers. The aim was to produce a range of malt whiskies from Scotland's finest distilleries and to make them available to independent wine and spirit importers throughout the world.
One hundred years ago there were over one hundred and twenty malt whisky distilleries throughout Scotland, independently owned and producing malts of rare character from the Highlands, Islands and Lowlands. Today probably only seventy or eighty still produce malt whisky on a regular basis, and of these, only a handful are owned by family companies. The vast majority of malts available from Scotland today are produced by multi-national companies, so the opportunity for family companies worldwide to deal with small, independent scotch whisky distillers has virtually gone. The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. was formed to fill this gap.
For centuries the stormy weather of the Atlantic Ocean has not only shaped the character of the people of islay but also the character of their world famous whiskies. In many ways this fine malt mirrors the character of the islay people - strong yet gentle, warm yet mellow but with a maturity beyond its years. Robustly peaty, with that unmistakable breath of the seashore.