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Islay Whisky

Islay (pronounced ‘eye-luh’) whiskies are among Scotland’s most powerful, thunderous drams. Often with plenty of peat and smoke, brine and medicinal flavours, of all the whisky regions of Scotland Islay has attained a truly iconic status. When compared to the various drink producing regions of the world, be it the Grande Champagne designation of Cognac or the first growths of Bordeaux, or that distant island, Madeira, there is something magical about the illustrious Scottish Isle, some 35 miles from the coast of Northern Island.

There are some nine distilleries on the Isle. To the North there lies Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila, to the west of Loch Indaal sits Bruichladdich and further west, the newly founded Kilchoman - Scotland’s most westerly distillery. To the centre of the isle sits the mighty Bowmore, but it is from the southern coast, not far from Port Ellen and the closed distillery of the same name, that the most pungent whisky emanates, produced by the trio of leviathan Ileach distilleries; Ardbeg, Lagavulin and of course Laphroaig. There is a defined power to the whisky, peat being the obvious attribute, certainly the best associated. Smoke is both a flavour of its own, but is intrinsically linked with peat. The peat flavour is imparted during the barley malted process, the smoke used to dry out the barley is produced by burning peat.

There is a marked reduction in peaty power to the far north; the malts of Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain are comparatively soft. In Bruichladdich’s case it is due to the relative shelter from the elements that the Rhinns proffers. For Bunnahabhain it is the unpeated malt and the water source, the Margadale springs, cutting their course in stoic avoidance of the peat beds of Islay. Islay single malts also have a refined salinity; there is a profusion of seaweedy, kelp-rich whiskies.

This is often attributed to the terroir. The Islay distilleries possess a relative close proximity with the sea, all of which save for Kilchoman, the only inlander. The sea spray is said to whip across the warehouses, the salty air penetrates the barrels and flavours the maturing whisky. Of late, whiskies from Islay have become increasingly sought after.

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Ah, Port Ellen, how we love you. And by 'we' I don't just mean us at MoM towers, whisky fans around the world adore this legendary malt from an Islay distillery that shut...  More info
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Caol Ila's Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling was selected by new distillery manager David Wood (a truly excellent name for anybody in a position to choose casks) who carries on Billy...  More info
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That there Caol Ila distillery were the clever minds behind this 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky, while Signatory were the careful hands who popped the whisky into the bottles, at cask strength...  More info
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The Distillers Editions from Islay distillers Lagavulin are scrummy little numbers indeed, combining the powerful peatiness their expressions are known for, with the sweet sticky notes of Pedro...  More info
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This year's Cairdeas release ("Cairdeas", pronounced 'car-chase', means 'friendship' in Gaelic) was matured in bourbon barrels and Amontillado hogsheads.
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Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this release of Bruichladdich was distilled at the Islay distillery in October 1991 and matured until September 2012. A spiffing single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at...  More info
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A classic Laphroaig, bottled for the award-winning Old Particular series by Douglas Laing. Distilled in April 1998 and bottled in May 2014 after maturing in a refill hogshead, this 16 year old single...  More info
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Part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, which was introduced in 2014, this Caol Ila certainly fits the bill of being well-matured, sitting at a cool 30 years old. It was distilled in...  More info
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The Committee Release of Ardbeg Alligator, so named for the barrels it was aged in; the American oak casks were given such an intense char, the resulting charcoal surface resembled alligator skin!...  More info
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stanley P. Morrison Company, Bowmore's owners since 1963, this 32 year old single malt Scotch whisky was bottled around the year 2000. The Bowmore whisky...  More info
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21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This is a single cask release from the Dimensions range, made to show off the...  More info
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A wonderful single cask release of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1982, from the Mackillop's Choice range. 292 bottles of this delicious Islay whisky were produced from cask 6507 at...  More info
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Goodness gracious, look at this 34 year old Bunnahabhain! Obviously it spent all those years in Sherry oak, so expect a flavour profile brimming with Sherried goodness. The Islay distillery put the...  More info
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20 year old Bruichladdich? Yes please! A Duncan Taylor release of fabulous Islay single malt Scotch whisky, from their Dimensions range. A limited release of 300 bottles.  More info
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A first for Islay's farm distillery, Kilchoman - single malt Scotch whisky matured in port casks. It was distilled in 2011 and left to matured in ex-ruby port casks until...  More info
$109.88
From one of Islay's most inventive distilleries, Bruichladdich, comes this 21 year old single malt - by way of Douglas Laing's Old Particular range. It was matured in a single refill hogshead from May...  More info
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Dràm an Stiùreadair is pronounced 'Draam an Yoù-radar' or 'Dram on your radar' (close enough, probably). It's a heavily peated Bunnahabhain released especially for Fèis...  More info
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This is a youthful, small-batch bottling of Caol Ila from the Provenance range, bottled in Winter 2012 without an age statement. It was described by the bottlers as "Young and Feisty".  More info
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This 1991 vintage Bunnahabhain was matured in a single hogshead, from 1991 to 2014, before it was bottled by Wemyss. It was bottled with an outturn of 302 bottles and given the rather poetic name A...  More info
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A quadruple (!) distilled Octomore, this dangerous, perilous 'usquebaugh-baul' came off the still at 89% abv but has retained an extraordinary amount of flavour. Just...  More info
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Bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask selection, which has reached its 15th anniversary! There's obviously no better way to celebrate this milestone that with some 29 year old Caol...  More info
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This is the astounding 11th release of one of our favourite cask-strength whiskies - Lagavulin 12 year old. This 2012 edition is a smoky, zesty whisky with masses of character.  More info
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Immensely rare and collectible (not to mention delicious), Port Ellen single malt is legendary amongst whisky enthusiasts. The distillery on Islay was closed in the 1980s and has remained as such ever...  More info
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Distilled by Bruichladdich at their glorious Islay distillery 21 years ago, this WM Cadenhead release of single malt Scotch whisky has been bottled at cask strength out an outturn of 276 bottles.  More info
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