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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.

Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old 1997 Heavily Peated Casks 5583 & 5584 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.9%
Bunnahabhain

This cask strength, heavily peated Bunnahabhain was distilled on the 11th December 1997, and it was aged for 13 years in two hogsheads before bottling on the 16 May 2011. A release of 594 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old 1997 Heavily Peated Casks 5583 & 5584 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Laphroaig 11 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

This was distilled at Laphroaig on the 1st July 1999. It was aged in two hogsheads for 11 years before bottling on the 2nd June 2011. A release of 715 bottles.  More info

Laphroaig 11 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Bunnahabhain 1979 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.7%
Bunnahabhain

A fabulously rich, darkly hued sherry cask Bunnahabhain, distilled in 1979 and aged in cask 1795 before bottling by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2011.  More info

Bunnahabhain 1979 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$146.67

Ar2 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 60.5%
Ardbeg

This is the second batch of Elements of Islay bottled Ar (who knows which Islay distillery Ar could refer to?!) Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded this 90 points! This is a cask strength single malt,…  More info

Ar2 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

Lagavulin 1994 (bottled 2010) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

Perhaps the best of all the Diageo Distillers Edition whiskies (a selection of their classic malts that are finished in wine casks). This delicious 1994 vintage Lagavulin was finished in Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1994 (bottled 2010) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Bowmore 1998 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

From the Bowmore distillery, smack bang in the middle of Islay. This single cask whisky was bottled for the Coopers Choice range.  More info

Bowmore 1998 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Caol Ila 8 Year Old Unpeated (Bottled 2007)

70cl, 64.9%
Caol Ila

An unpeated variant of Caol Ila, this is aged for 8 years, and bottled at a staggering 64.9% abv!  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old Unpeated (Bottled 2007)

Boisdale 1998 Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

Bottled for the Boisdale Bar and Restaurant, this was distilled at Laphroaig in 1998, and aged in hogshead number 700218 before bottling in 2011. Selected by Doug McIvor.  More info

Boisdale 1998 Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$55.50

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2000 (Adelphi) 10cl

10cl, 59.2%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask, packaged in a rather unusual looking sample bottle. This was distilled at Bunnahabhain in 2000, matured for 9 years in cask number 947, and bottled in 2010 by Adelphi at cask strength.…  More info

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2000 (Adelphi) 10cl

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2001 (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.9%
Bowmore

A release of 583 bottles of cask strength 8 year old Bowmore, bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 2001, and matured in cask number 1126 - a refill butt.  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2001 (Adelphi)

Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1974 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58%
Bunnahabhain

36 Year Old Bunnahabhain distilled in 1974. Early 70's Bunnahabhains are becoming something of a rarity, and releases from independent bottlers will grow more and more scarce over the coming years.…  More info

Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1974 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Laphroaig 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Laphroaig

A now discontinued bottling, this was replaced this year by the 18 year old. The old 15 is becoming rather rare, definitely an investment dram.  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old
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Bowmore 8 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An 8 year old Bowmore distilled in Winter 1998. This was aged for 8 years, and it was finished in a Gabriel Meffre Rhone Valley wine cask (number 3895) before bottling in Autumn of 2007.  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 517 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59%
Port Ellen

A fabulous cask strength Port Ellen aged in a single refill butt (cask 517) for a whopping 27 years. Bottling on the 28th September 2010 by Signatory. A release of 608 bottles.  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 517 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1969 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

A staggeringly rich 40 year old Bunnahabhain, bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Lonach range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1969 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)
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Laphroaig 1999 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A 9 year old single cask whisky from the Laphroaig distillery. This was distilled in 1999, matured in refill sherry butt number 2301 and bottled for the Coopers Choice range in 2009 There are just…  More info

Laphroaig 1999 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An elegant, fresh, berry fruit-rich Bunnahabhain. This was distilled in Autumn 1998 and aged in hogshead number 5812 for 11 years before bottling in Winter 2010.  More info

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 1998 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old 1997 (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.2%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain was distilled from peated malt in 1997 and aged for 13 years in a refill sherry cask before it was bottled by Adelphi. This was bottled in aid of the genesis research trust, and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old 1997 (Adelphi)

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.8%
Bowmore

One of 306 bottles yielded at 54.7% ABV. The younger bowmores from Adelphi are a stark contrast to the distillery's own younger releases, and stand up well to the (very impressive) Tempest releases.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Adelphi)

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2010 Release

70cl, 62.2%
Kilchoman

This was distilled in 2007, and bottled especially for the Islay festival in 2010. A wonderful release of Kilchoman, aged for three years in fresh bourbon barrels. Bottled at Natural cask strength.  More info

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2010 Release
$361.53

Kilchoman Inaugural Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

The very first ever release of single malt whisky from the Kilchoman distillery. This Inaugural Release was aged for between 2.5 and 3 years in bourbon casks, before being finished for 6 months in…  More info

Kilchoman Inaugural Release
$314.36

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 26 year old from perhaps Islay's most legendary distillery, Port Ellen. This was distilled in Spring 1983 (just a few months before the distillery was shut down permenantly), and it was aged in…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1980 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 55.4%
Caol Ila

Aged in bourbon and finished in first growth Sauternes casks from Chateau Climens. This was bottled as a release of 1,189 bottles at the Bruichladdich distillery. At natural cask strength.  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1980 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask

70cl, 55.6%
Ardbeg

An extraordinary whisky from Ardbeg. This is one of those ultra-rare expressions, which really come around once in a blue moon. This was distilled on the 14th September 1998, before it was filled…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask
$518.73

Kilchoman 100% Islay Cask Strength

70cl, 61.3%
Kilchoman

The first ever 100% Islay release from Kilchoman, this is the incredibly rare natural cask strength edition. It was bottled from casks 100 thru' 103/08, and there are 1,060 numbered bottles, each…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay Cask Strength
$366.76

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