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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 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 10)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 21 year old Bunnhabhain bottled by Adelphi for their Liddesdale series. Previously, the Liddesdale bottling were released without disclosing the distillery, though it now seems that they are more…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 10)

Port Charlotte PC5

70cl, 63.5%
Bruichladdich

This was distilled by Bruichladdich in 2001 and aged for 5 years. Now incredibly rare, PC5 was the first in the incredible Port Charlotte range, some of the most heavily peated whisky from…  More info

Port Charlotte PC5

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail

70cl, 58.7%
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
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$116.61

Caol Ila 36 Year Old 1980 (cask 11491) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.4%
Caol Ila

36 year old single malt from the fantastic Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay, drawn from a single refill hogshead which matured the whisky from September 1980 to November 2016. Only 172…  More info

Caol Ila 36 Year Old 1980 (cask 11491) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release

70cl, 55%
Ardbeg

The 2014 're-entry' Committee Release of Ardbeg's celebrated Supernova, sought-after super-peaty whisky from this famous Islay distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Caol Ila

Finished in casks the previously held Sassicaia wine, this is a release of 4,100 bottles from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection. Distilled 10th September 2003, this Caol Ila single malt was…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2013) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Bowmore

A 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2013 as part of The Ten range from La Maison du Whisky. The series explores the flavour profiles of whisky, ranking them from #00 (the…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2013) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 54.8%
Caol Ila

Fancy some well-aged Caol Ila? Well Gleann Mór have just the thing for that hankering with this independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 30 years! It was…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1989 (casks 5794 & 5796) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 47.7%
Bunnahabhain

A 26 year old single malt from Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay. Bottled in June 2016, 428 natural cask strength bottles were produced from a pair of almost consecutive hogsheads.  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1989 (casks 5794 & 5796) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Charlotte PC6

70cl, 61.6%
Bruichladdich

PC6 represents a peatier release from the Bruichladdich distillery, this 6 year old is part of the Port Charlotte series, a limited release of 18,000 and peated to 40ppm. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Port Charlotte PC6
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Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release

70cl, 54.3%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg, in case you didn't know, sent some maturing spirit into space. Or, more accurately, tubes of "Ardbeg-crafted molecules" that also contained sticks of charred oak. The idea was to compare…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release
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Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Another bottling of 2003 vintage delicious Coal Ila single malt Scotch whisky from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Charlotte PC8

70cl, 60.5%
Bruichladdich

This is the last of the 2001 vintage of ‘age-numbered’ Port Charlotte expressions. This comes with the nickname “Ar duthcas”- Gaelic for “Land of our heritage”. This is very well-peated to 40ppm.…  More info

Port Charlotte PC8
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$133.78

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 159) Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.5%
Bruichladdich

A 24 year old Bruichladdich bottled in 2015 by Signatory for Maison du Whisky and released for Whisky Live Paris 2015. The outturn was 506 bottles from a single Sherry butt.  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 159) Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$152.46

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

This is the 2015 release of Kilchoman's fantastic Loch Gorm well-Sherried single malt Scotch whisky. For the 2015 release, along with whisky which was matured in Oloroso Sherry butts (as the previous…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release
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Bruichladdich X4 Futures 5 Year Old 2006

70cl, 64.6%
Bruichladdich

A quadruple-distilled single malt from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, released as part of their Futures series. This was made using Oxbridge barley and matured in bourbon casks from March 2006 to…  More info

Bruichladdich X4 Futures 5 Year Old 2006

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd release

70cl, 60.1%
Ardbeg

Quite possibly the most exciting new whisky release for 2010! This is the brand new Supernova, stronger, more pungent in flavour, and more earthy than last year's Supernova - which Jim Murray rated…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd release
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Laphroaig 30 Year Old

70cl, 53.5%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig single malt from Islay aged for three decades! Twice matured in bourbon casks, expect this peated whisky to be complex, rounded and absolutely full of flavour.  More info

Laphroaig 30 Year Old
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$748.41

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11369) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Single cask single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in March 2007 and matured in a refill hogshead for 9 years before being…  More info

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11369) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A limited edition bottling of Ardbeg 21 Year Old single malt, matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV without chill-filtration. This bottling was unveiled in the latter half of 2016, as…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3093 & 3095) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

An independently bottled single malt from the Bruchladdich distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which housed the whisky for 23 years. This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in October…  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3093 & 3095) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Cask (2016 Edition)

70cl, 51.6%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig Cairdeas (say car-chase), 'For The Friends of Laphroaig'! The 2016 edition is "fully matured" in bourbon barrels, married and then finished in Madeira hogsheads. This bottle was part of…  More info

Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Cask (2016 Edition)
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Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

A Hunter Laing bottling of 14 year old Bowmore, aged in a single cask from September 2002 to October 2016. 341 bottles were produced, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

70cl, 55%
Ardbeg

Released in 2016, this Committee Release of Dark Cove was matured in ex-bourbon and "dark Sherry casks" for "The Darkest Ardbeg Ever". Whilst the colour isn't actually that dark at all, those dark…  More info

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

Bruichladdich Organic Futures 7 Year Old 2003

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Released as part of Bruichladdich's Futures collection (we've had a few rare bottles from this range in before - see here and here), this is an organic single malt distilled in December 2003 using…  More info

Bruichladdich Organic Futures 7 Year Old 2003

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