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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.

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.6%
Port Ellen

A 36 year old Port Ellen! Need we say more? Well, it was distilled in May 1979 and bottled by Douglas Laing for their Extra Old Particular range in September 2015. 227 bottles were filled from a…  More info

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1222.46

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 53.7%
Bowmore

From the Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling range comes a 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in April 1990 and set aside to age in a single bourbon cask until April…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$320.27

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985

70cl, 52.3%
Bowmore

This whisky is from the oldest distillery on Islay, Bowmore. This bottling is an impressive 26 years old and is bottled at 52.3% abv.  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985
$548.10

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2015 Release)

70cl, 46.8%
Laphroaig

It's the 2015 release of 25 year old Laphroaig single malt, drawn from a combination of Oloroso Sherry and American oak casks, and then bottled at cask strength. We're sure all the Islay whisky…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2015 Release)
$477.35

Bowmore Virgin Oak - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 55.7%
Bowmore

A festival release from Fèis Ìle 2015 of 1,000 bottles matured in selected virgin oak casks and bottled at natural strength! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Bowmore Virgin Oak - Feis Ile 2015
$190.89

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007

70cl, 57.1%
Bowmore

Distilled 9th February 2000 and matured in a fresh Sherry cask, this was Bowmore's 2007 Fèis Ìle (Islay Festival) bottling. Just 700 bottles were released. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007
$190.94

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%
Ardbeg

This is an independently bottled, single cask, 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, writing that sort of thing is always pretty exciting to do - almost as much as reading it! This Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice
$365.23

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1982

70cl, 47.3%
Bowmore

An astounding 2011 edition from Bowmore. This was distilled in 1982, and comes packaged in a very handsome wooden box, with its own leather strap. Each bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity…  More info

Bowmore 29 Year Old 1982
$997.17

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Dig in to some Islay deliciousness here - it's an indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky! This was distilled in September 2007 and drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels in March 2016 by…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2009 Original Cask Strength

70cl, 59.2%
Kilchoman

Oh yes, cask strength Kilchoman! Exciting stuff. This 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's farm distillery came from 35 ex-bourbon barrels which were filled in 2009 and opened in 2014,…  More info

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2009 Original Cask Strength
1
$87.26

Bruichladdich Octomore 2004 - The Beast

70cl, 60.5%
Bruichladdich

A very rare bottling of Bruichladdich's Octomore - this release was initially only available at the distillery! Weighing in at 167 PPM, this is a very smoky, delicious treat. This bottle was part…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 2004 - The Beast
$318.18

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.8%
Bunnahabhain

A 22 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. Distilled on Islay in 1991 and bottled in 2014, but not before it was finished in a tiny Octave Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Bruichladdich A Final Act Of Creation 23 Year Old 1992

70cl, 52%
Bruichladdich

A final act of creation from Jim McEwan, bottled from his own legendary Château Latour 1992 cask dubbed "Princess Diana". It's bottled at 52% to mark Jim's 52 years in the business! Just 220 of these…  More info

Bruichladdich A Final Act Of Creation 23 Year Old 1992

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.7%
Bruichladdich

As second batch of Port Charlotte peated single malt from Bruichladdich distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Again, the label features Phenol, O-Cresol, M-Cresol, P-Cresol and…  More info

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A gorgeous gift pack of single malt Scotch whisky from the Islay farm distillery Kilchoman, presented with two branded glasses. The whisky is the 2014 release Machir Bay, which is a vatting of 5 and…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
2
$52.87

Bowmore 2001 (bottled 2015) (cask 15049) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A 2001 vintage Bowmore single malt, aged in a single bourbon hogshead until 2015. It was bottled by Malts of Scotland with an outturn of 330 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 2001 (bottled 2015) (cask 15049) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$77.97

Ardbeg Perpetuum

70cl, 47.4%
Ardbeg

In 1815, the Ardbeg distillery was founded by John McDougall on the Isle of Islay. In 2015, Ardbeg Perpetuum was released during Fèis Ìle 2015 in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Dr. Bill…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum
13
$95.42

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.3 5 Year Old - Islay Barley

70cl, 64%
Bruichladdich

Unveiled in 2014, Octomore 06.3 Islay Barley was made with barley grown on Islay. In fact, the crop was grown in the field known as Lorgba on Octomore farm! As ever with Bruichladdich's Octomore…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.3 5 Year Old - Islay Barley
9
$153.49

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

A collectible bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, released in the 1990s. It features the classic seafaring chap on the label, who looks to be…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - 1990s
$101.84

Bruichladdich - The Laddie 16 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This is the latest release from Bruichladdich. An un-peated sixteen year old bottling from an American Oak cask.  More info

Bruichladdich - The Laddie 16 Year Old
5

Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2011 - Sherry Cask Release (cask 666/2011) (Bresser & Timmer)

70cl, 57.8%
Kilchoman

Originally bottled for Bresser & Timmer of the Netherlands, this Kilchoman was matured in a single Oloroso Sherry hogshead from 3rd November 2011 to 21st March 2016. The outturn was 342 bottles.  More info

Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2011 - Sherry Cask Release (cask 666/2011) (Bresser & Timmer)
$97.01

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10798) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.8%
Laphroaig

A 25 year old Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill cask from November 1989 to July 2015. It has been presented by Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular selection, a range reserved…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10798) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old - The Laddie Ten

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The very first 10 year old whisky to be wholly distilled, aged and bottled following Bruichladdich's resurrection in 2001. In many ways this marks the beginning of the new era, and this will be…  More info

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old - The Laddie Ten
47
$74.05

Lagavulin 1991 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 59.9%
Lagavulin

A 'triple matured' single malt distilled in 1991, matured in bourbon casks with a short period in PX Sherry butts and finally a long, gentle third maturation in old puncheons. Bottled at 59.9% abv in…  More info

Lagavulin 1991 - Feis Ile 2015
1
$684.21

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.2%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask for 8 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled in January 2015 with an outturn of 322 bottles, bottled at…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$82.33

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