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Islay Single Malt Whisky

Islay is usually associated with peaty single malt whiskies, and it is unsurprising for the three powerhouse distilleries on its south coast, that have become world famous, produce some exceptional peaty single malt whiskies. Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin all enjoy a sort of cult status. There are also some less peaty drams. Take Bunnahabhain. The distillery sits to the north of the isle and produces fruitier single malts. There is also the Bruichladdich distillery, which is known for their experimental stance when producing single malt, as well as Caol Ila and the newer farm-distillery of Kilchoman, both of which are usually peated, but not to the same level as the three mentioned at the top. Single malt whisky must be produced at a single distillery, from nothing other than yeast, water and malted barley before being distilled in pot stills and matured for a minimum of three years and a day in oak casks.

Caol Ila 10 Year Old Unpeated Style (2009 Release)

70cl, 65.80%
Caol Ila

A punchy cask strength release, it's at 65.8%! This is an unpeated expression from the Caol Ila distillery. They make this stuff but once a year, and is matured in first fill bourbon barrels.  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old Unpeated Style (2009 Release)

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2001 (Adelphi)

70cl, 60.70%
Caol Ila

Distilled in 2001, this is a 9 year old Caol Ila, bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi.  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2001 (Adelphi)

Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest Feis Ile 2010

70cl, 55.30%
Bowmore

Bowmore Tempest arrived amidst masses of anticipation. It was a limited release. This is the even more limited, and rather rare, 2010 Feis Ile edition.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest Feis Ile 2010
$141.58

Lg1 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 56.80%
Lagavulin

From Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay range, originally packaged with a laboratory look. Each is a 50cl bottle of cask strength Islay malt, each are given Periodic Table style names, which hint…  More info

Lg1 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This Caol Ila was aged in two refill hogsheads (casks 5720 and 5721) for 12 years. Distilled in Autumn 1997 and bottled by Douglas Laing in Winter 2009.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1997 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.40%
Caol Ila

An unbelievably good single cask Caol Ila that was so good we put our name on it! This was distilled in 1980 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2010. A release of just 154…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1979 (Adelphi)

70cl, 46.50%
Bunnahabhain

An intense 31 year old single cask Bunnahabhain. This was distilled in 1979 and it was bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi.  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1979 (Adelphi)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 6256 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 44.80%
Caol Ila

An oily, smoky caol ils distilled in December 1984 and aged in hogshead 6256 for 25 years before bottling in September 2010. A release of 194 bottles at natural cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 6256 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength

70cl, 61.30%
Caol Ila

This Natural Cask Strength single malt bottling from the Caol Ila distillery is a surprisingly smooth dram. Oily with pungent smoke and malt.  More info

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
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Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1978 - Mission Cask Strength Series (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53%
Bunnahabhain

A cask strength Bunnahabhain from Murray McDavid. This was distilled in 1978 and aged for 30 years in a mix of port and sherry casks before bottling as part of a release of 573 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1978 - Mission Cask Strength Series (Murray McDavid)

Bruichladdich 37 Year Old - Legacy Series 2

70cl, 41.80%
Bruichladdich

The second in the Legacy series from Bruichladdich. The series is made up of the oldest and rarest casks at the distillery. Each bottle is adorned with artwork by Frances McDonald, the famed Scottish…  More info

Bruichladdich 37 Year Old - Legacy Series 2
$245.25

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Aged in bourbon casks and finished in port pipes, this Bunnahabhain was distilled in 1997 and bottled at the Bruichladdich in 2008. A release of 1,900 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1978 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.70%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at Bunnahabhain on the 3rd April 1978 and matured in refill butt number 2586 for 31 years before bottling on the 27th April 2009 at cask strength. Part of a release of 598 decanter…  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1978 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

This is the 5th official release from Islay's smallest distillery and youngest distillery, Kilchoman. This was aged for 3 years in fresh bourbon barrels.  More info

Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release
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Lagavulin 15 Year Old - 1980s Bottling (White Horse Distillers)

75cl, 45%
Lagavulin

A very, very rare ceramic decanter of 15 year old Lagavulin, this was released in the 1980s, and is quite a collectors' piece. In fact, Serge Valentin from WhiskyFun.com rated this with a whopping 94…  More info

Lagavulin 15 Year Old - 1980s Bottling (White Horse Distillers)

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.90%
Caol Ila

Distilled at Caol Ila in 1983 and bottled in 2011 at cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$87.16

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

12 year old Bowmore from Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of Non-Chillfiltered, Non Caramel Coloured whisky. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

Distilled in September 1996 and aged for 14 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2010 as part of a release of 329 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.60%
Port Ellen

27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Bowmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.10%
Bowmore

Matured in a Sherry Butt for 23 years, this single-cask whisky is part of an outturn of only 218 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Sure to sell out quickly, Kilchoman's Summer 2010 Release marks another excellent addition to the new Islay distillery's already sterling back catalogue. This is release number 4, aged in fresh…  More info

Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release
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Ardbeg 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Ardbeg

A sherry matured Ardbeg, distilled in 1993 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Ardbeg 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$47.52

Bowmore Dusk

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

A very interesting and incredibly rare Bowmore, finished in Bordeaux red wine casks. Rich and very fruity. Bowmore Dusk is a collector's favourite.  More info

Bowmore Dusk
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Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts 20cl

20cl, 61.10%
Caol Ila

An incredible high strength Caol Ila, especially when considering the age! This was distilled in 1975, and was bottled for Diageo's Rare Malts series. These old Rare Malts are well worth a try, as…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts 20cl

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 44 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.40%
Laphroaig

This was distilled at Laphroaig in 1995, it was aged for 16 years in a single bourbon barrel, and it was bottled by Signatory in 2011. A release of 140 bottles.  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 44 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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