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1997 Exclusive Cask 2550 58.2% 70cl
1993 23 Year Old Cask 3433 53.2% 70cl
2005 Exclusive Cask 2698 56.2% 70cl
2004 Bramble and Royal Mile Whiskies Single Cask 55.9% 70cl
Texas Legation
Bourbon 46% 70cl
1990 Wemyss 46% 70cl
9 Year Old 40% 70cl
Edition 2 48.2% 70cl

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Herby Aromatic Gin 40% 50cl
Loch Lomond
12 Year Old 4610, 16, 25
1991 24 Year Old Cask #6896 Batch 13 50.6% 70cl
1977 38 Year Old Cask #3111 Batch 13 43.1% 70cl
17 Year Old PX Finish 46% 70cl

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One of the first retailers to sell whisky online, this is the third version of The last time we upgraded our website Facebook had only just been invented, so we are grateful to all those who struggled on with version 2.0, which was something of an antique. The old website clunked its way through the most dramatic period of whisky retail in history. What’s changed in the last decade?   In 2005 if any new whisky came to market, we bought it and offered it to our customers. If a new foreign whisky made its debut we would jump on it. If a Scottish distiller released an extension to their core range we would see that as big news and dive right in. If a new limited edition came along we would beg for more allocation. We sold whisky digitally in the days when it was hard for us to get malt whisky from all the distilleries in Scotland, even if they were fully operational. At the same time, the distillers had lots of mature stock in cask, and prices of aged malts were low.   Most distilleries now have massive, constantly changing ranges. An industry driven by a decade’s sustained growth offers us more different expressions to choose from than ever before. Prices are heated by pressure on aged stocks and a bubbly secondary market, and have soared on any whiskies that are closed, Japanese, or just more than a couple of decades old. Times and prices have changed, but the questions from customers have not. In 2005 they asked “Is that Port Ellen 5th release REALLY worth £180?” We said it was a lot of money, but it did taste delicious and Port Ellens would soon be scarce. We stocked that Port Ellen, it sold out instantly and whoever bought a bottle then and still has an unopened bottle now might make £1000 profit should they choose to sell it. Now they ask “Is that Port Ellen 16th release really worth £2500?” and we say probably not but point out that Lagavulin 16 still costs around £50. For every malt where the price rises out of reach there are other new gems which did not exist a decade ago, such as Benromach 10 Year Old, Kilkerran 12 Year old or Kilchoman Sanaig.   We don’t buy everything we are offered, and we are offered most things. At the top end of pricing, we now say “No thank you” to more new releases than we say “Yes please”.  We have our preferred independent bottlers such as James Eadie and Signatory and we try and cherrypick from some of the rest (there are a lot).  We are going to choose between the upcoming Non-Age Statement whiskies, and try to only present the ones we think taste great (some do: don’t believe the anti-hype!) We will be very fussy about the tide of new distilleries that are about to try and sell 5 year old malts for £50-£100. Our new website has no wine, a focused range of beer, and a stripped back selection of spirits (try for all those).   We figure that you are whisky fans, who might want to buy from a specialist whisky merchant able to help you sort the good shouts from the bad in a very noisy malt market. We sincerely hope you choose to shop with Royal Mile Whiskies, and thank you in advance if you do.
If you are a whisky fan you have probably had a friend approach you in a pub with a mystery dram and say 'What distillery is that? Eh? You're supposed to be an expert!'  If you work in the whisky trade it has probably happened many times, and you have probably been hopelessly wrong on your distillery guess enough times to make you dread the next person doing it.  We have a very specific case study that proves how difficult it is to guess a distillery's identity, and that you should go easy on yourself for getting it wrong. That example is The Ileach Single Malt, bottled by The Highlands and Islands Malt Whisky Company. In character, anybody with a basic experience of whisky can tell you that it is a young, peaty single malt and it is one we greatly enjoy. What we know about the Ileach
  • It is a single malt whisky sourced from one Islay distillery, and the owners have never revealed which one it is from.
  • It is a different distillery to the Finlaggan, which is another Islay single malt from the same company (let's keep it simple and try not to guess this one too!)
  • Contrary to rumour, the malts inside Finlaggan and Ileach have never changed.
What we deduce
  • It cannot be Bruichladdich (or Port Charlotte or Octomore) because the distillery was not producing peaty spirit at the right time.
  • It cannot be Kilchoman, which was founded in 2005.
This leaves just six possibilities: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Speaking to staff, colleagues in the industry and looking around online in forums and blogs it is noteworthy how little agreement there is on The Ileach's identity. No-one really says Ardbeg, many say Lagavulin or Laphroaig, and some say Bowmore, peaty Bunnahabhain or Caol Ila. Trying to guess is fun, but the most interesting role of Ileach's genuinely secret identity is that it proves how darned difficult it is to play these guessing games. Go easy on yourself the next time somebody who knows nothing about whisky 'kindly' buys you a mystery dram and it clearly smells like a 10-12 year old Speyside to you.  Do not panic when you remember this only narrows it down to about 50 distilleries, even when the thought crosses your mind that it could be an Amrut or a Yamazaki.  Remember that with Ileach the whisky community can narrow it down to the six of the most distinctive distilleries in Scotland, yet we can't agree which it is for sure. For the record, I think it is young Lagavulin but I like the fact I might be totally wrong and somebody at the Highlands and Islands Whisky Company is laughing at me now.   Arthur  

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