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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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This Bunnahabhain looks to be a properly Sherried beast! It was distilled on Islay in October 1995 and matured in a Sherry hogshead for 18 years, until it was bottled in August 2014 with a tiny...  More info
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Bowmore 46 Year Old 1964
(70cl, 42.90%)
This is a forty-six year old Bowmore presented in a beautiful glass bottle and wooden box. The whisky has been gently maturing in ex-Bourbon cask for almost half a century and was then finished in...  More info
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An 11 year old Bunnah, distilled in 2002 and bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection in 2013. 669 bottles were produced from the butt.  More info
$87.13
An indie bottling of Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the Laphroaig distillery, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was drawn from a single refill hogshead cask (#10809), which was filled in July 2000 and...  More info
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This Bruichladdich is part of the John Milroy Selection bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd. John Milroy led the Scotch Single Malt movement in London from the early 60’s with his brother Wallace.  More info
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This single cask Bunnahabhain was distilled in October 1989 and left to mature for 24 years, all the way until April 2014, when the cask was cracked open and the whisky was bottled up by Duncan...  More info
$180.00
Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985
(70cl, 52.30%)
This whisky is from the oldest distillery on Islay, Bowmore. This bottling is an impressive 26 years old and is bottled at 52.3% abv.  More info
$606.48
Good gosh, would you look at this! A 21 year old Ardbeg, bottled by Douglas Laing! What an amazing addition to the Old Particular range. The whisky was produced at the Islay distillery in October 1992...  More info
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$736.34
Single cask, independently bottled Islay whisky from the very popular Laphroaig distillery, yippee! This cask strength Signatory release was distilled in November 1996 and bottled in October 2013 with...  More info
$160.19
This is a superb little single cask Bowmore from Speciality Drinks' Single Malts of Scotland range. It was distilled in 1985 before a 26 year maturation.  More info
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25 year old malt from Islay's most prolific distillery - Caol Ila. Sweet Smooth, and very 'sherbet-lemony'. Only a hint of Smoke, and just superb.  More info
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This 19 year old single malt Caol Ila laughs in the face of chill-filtration! It was drawn from two hogsheads by Signatory, producing 692 bottles of scrumptious Islay whisky.  More info
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This is nineteen year old Bruichladdich bottled by Coopers Choice. This whisky was distilled before the distillery was closed and then successfully reopened in 2001.  More info
$107.18
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A special Kilchoman bottling produced specially for the 2014 Islay whisky festival, it was matured for around 5 years, initially in first-fill bourbon casks before...  More info
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Port Ellen alert! Port Ellen alert! That's right, we've got a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt from the closed distillery on Islay, distilled in 1979, matured in refill Sherry butts and...  More info
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25 year old Bruichladdich single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular selection. 227 of these wonderful bottles full of Islay whisky were made, so grab one before they're all gone.  More info
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Single cask 21 year old Ardbeg? Erm... Yes please! As always with our single cask releases, we don't chill-filter any of the goodness out or add anything else that doesn't...  More info
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Single cask Laphroaig! Awesome! This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a refill hoggie for 11 years, until 2014, when it was bottled with no added colouring or...  More info
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One of Bunnahabhain's special bottlings produced for the 2014 Islay whisky festival. Distilled in November 1996, it was moved into a Cognac cask in October 2007 before...  More info
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Ah, looky! I'd better go and open this window here so I can shout out of it that we have a new sooty, leathery Port Ellen from Douglas Laing in stock. They'll probably all be gone by the time I turn...  More info
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Unveiled in 2014, Octomore 06.3 Islay Barley was made with barley grown on Islay. In fact, the crop was grown in the field known as Lorgba on Octomore farm! As ever with Bruichladdich's Octomore...  More info
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The summer of 1976 was said to be fantastic, not just for sandcastle builders and ice-cream sellers, but distillers were also very happy as that year produced some very fine barley to make some...  More info
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Independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask from 1991 to 2014. As with all wonderful Wemyss bottlings, it's got a yummy descriptive name, and this one goes by the...  More info
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Single cask Laphroaig, eh? As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent". This Islay single malt was distilled in September 1998, left to mature for 15 years in a refill Sherry butt and bottled in February 2014...  More info
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Single malt Scotch whisky from that there Bowmore distillery on Islay! Drawn from two consecutive casks, this whisky was bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection in December 2013...  More info
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