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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.

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 56.10%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled, heavily peated Bunnahabhain! This 7 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay was distilled in 2006 and matured in a single cask until 2014, when it was…  More info

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$72.32

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11708) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

Distilled in April 2000, this 15 year old Laphroaig left its old malt single cask home in July 2015. The outturn was 156 bottles.  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11708) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$118.07

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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$2182.48

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 11107) Feis Ile 2016 - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.30%
Bowmore

A single cask Islay single malt from Bowmore bottled by Douglas Laing for Fèis Ìle 2016. Distilled in September 1999, it matured in a refill hogshead until March 2016 when the outturn was 246 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1999 (cask 11107) Feis Ile 2016 - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$110.98

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release

70cl, 51.20%
Ardbeg

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

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release
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Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 2166+2170) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Don't want any of that chilfiltering happening anywhere near your whisky? Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection will be the independent bottling range for you, then! This is a 13 year old Bowmore…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 2166+2170) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$75.89

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 59.30%
Caol Ila

Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead. Distilled in April 2003, it was bottled in September 2015 by Gleann Mór at a hearty 59.3% abv!  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.66

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail

70cl, 58.70%
Bruichladdich

A 12 year old peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery, Oileanach furachail translates as something like 'attentive islander'. This is a reference to Adam Hannett's apprenticeship under Jim McEwan…  More info

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail
$131.65

Bowmore 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 960038) (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.20%
Bowmore

A 1996 vintage bottling of single cask Bowmore, matured for over 19 years! Bottled by the good folk at Adelphi, the outturn was 214 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 960038) (Adelphi)
$129.86

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack

60cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A Gift Pack of three 20cl bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay. Excellent for those looking to explore the reange of whiskies from this top…  More info

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack
$57.96

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Escape Pack With 2 "Shortie" Glasses

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

An awesome gift box from Ardbeg, featuring a 70cl bottle of their classic 10 year old expression, along with two "shortie" tasting glasses. No, they don't have a picture of Ardbeg's cheerful dog,…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Escape Pack With 2
3
$60.38

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old

70cl, 51%
Lagavulin

The 2013 Fèis Ìle bottling from Lagavulin is sublime 18 year old selected by Iain McArthur distilled in 1995. A real highlight of the Islay whisky festival, 3,000 of these sherry matured bottles have…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old
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$453.28

Ardbeg 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

Increasingly rare, now discontinued whisky from Ardbeg. Incredibly rich and powerful, and all too easy to drink. Please note: There is a small scratch on the front facing label as pictured, but…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 1992 Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 53.50%
Bowmore

A cask strength release from the Islay distillery, Bowmore. This 'Claret' finish whisky has been matured for 16 years, with a finish in a Bordeaux Wine Cask - the label is emblazoned, accordingly,…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1992 Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish
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Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

A old and rare bottling of precious and delicious Port Ellen single malt from 1999! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$719.20

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.20%
Ardbeg

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release
$380.76

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 10853) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.70%
Bunnahabhain

Independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, handsomely presented as part of Hunter Laing's fantastic Old & Rare range. This Islay single malt was distilled in November 1991 and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 10853) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$255.32

Bowmore 32 Year Old 1968

70cl, 45.50%
Bowmore

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

Bowmore 32 Year Old 1968
$1324.13

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Single malt from Islay distilled in 2008 and matured in two hogshead casks and bottled in 2016 by Càrn Mòr. The outturn was 760 bottles of peaty whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$43.95

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

A 19 year old Caol Ila, presented as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies. The whisky was put into its hogshead by the Islay-based distillery in August 1996…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$104.48

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Ice Cream" - we…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990
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Sizzling Charcoal 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the north-east of Islay. It's a 1997 vintage, matured in a single hogshead until 2015, when it was bottled by the wonderful…  More info

Sizzling Charcoal 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$97.84

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A limited edition presentation of the classic Ardbeg 10 Year Old, with a box featuring a tractor pulling a massive bottle of Ardbeg on it! We all fondly remember Ardbeg's TracTOUR, and we just can't…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve
$49.26

Sweet Peat Posy 1987 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Wemyss bottling of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead from 1987 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 231 bottles. With a title like "Sweet Peat Posy", you'll want…  More info

Sweet Peat Posy 1987 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
3
$240.84

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

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

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)
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$181.25

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