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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.

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.8%
Bowmore

25 year old Bowmore, this was distilled on the 22nd November 1985, and aged in a single bourbon barrel (number 32212) before bottling on the 24th November 2010. A release of 279 numbered bottles at…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter

70cl, 43.0%
Bowmore

A 30 year old Bowmore, packaged in a handsome opaque black ceramic decanter bottle, with a beautifully painted sea dragon on the bottle. It has a dragon on it, so you know it must be good.  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter
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$540.72

Caol Ila 1980 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.6%
Caol Ila

Smoky and rich, this is a full-bodied, powerful Caol Ila with notes of Latakia. Distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Cask 4938.  More info

Caol Ila 1980 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$124.32

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 Kosher Wine Finish

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

A 1989 vintage from the Bruichladdich distillery and a very unusual whisky indeed; this was aged for 18 years in bourbon casks, before a finish in Kosher wine casks from the Carmel winery in Israel.…  More info

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 Kosher Wine Finish
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Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1976 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 49.3%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask, 33 year old, cask strength Bunnahabhain distilled in 1976. Bottled for Murray McDavid's Mission range. Fantastic whisky, aged in fino sherry casks!  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1976 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Laphroaig

Distilled in Laphroaig in November 1990, aged in refill hogshead for 16 years and bottled in December 2006 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A release of 295 bottles.  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32211 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.1%
Bowmore

This cask strength, single cask Bowmore was distilled on the 22nd November 1985, and it was aged in hogshead 32211 for 25 years before bottling by Signatory on the 16th June 2011. A release of 257…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1985 Cask 32211 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bruichladdich 15 Year Old - Links Series Valhalla

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

Part ten in the Golf themed Links series from Bruichladdich. Each bottle is made up of whisky from casks specially selected by Jim McEwan, the Laddie master distiller. This 15 year old features a…  More info

Bruichladdich 15 Year Old - Links Series Valhalla

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 (Adelphi)

70cl, 61.9%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore in 1998, and it was aged in refill sherry cask number 800017 before bottling by Adelphi.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 (Adelphi)

Bruichladdich 15 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

A 15 year old from Scotland's most innovative distillery, Bruichladdich. This was bottled for the new range from Alchemist.  More info

Bruichladdich 15 Year Old (Alchemist)

Bruichladdich Octomore 03.1

70cl, 59.0%
Bruichladdich

A non wine finished Octomore, this was peated to 152 ppm and aged for 5 years. This is the peatiest Octomore yet!  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 03.1

Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46.0%
Laphroaig

This was distilled at Laphroaig in 1997, and it was initially matured in bourbon barrels. Murray McDavid then selected it, and took it to Bruichladdich, where it was reracked into incredible Chateau…  More info

Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 1996 - Chieftain's Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 43.0%
Caol Ila

A 13 year old Caol Ila, distilled in October 1996 and aged in casks 91971 and 91974, this was given a finish in Sauternes dessert wine casks before bottling in March 2010. One of just a handful of…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 1996 - Chieftain's Ian MacLeod)

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, 46.0%
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)
$151.36

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, 43.0%
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, 46.0%
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, 46.0%
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)
$57.28

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, 58.0%
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, 43.0%
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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