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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.

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old 1985 DNA 4th Edition (no tin)

70cl, 49.3%
Bruichladdich

Distilled in 1985, this is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich DNA - a popular whisky made with some of the finest stocks form the distillery. It was aged for 27 years before bottling.  More info

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old 1985 DNA 4th Edition (no tin)
$290.49

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 is the first of three whiskies from the distillery's Cuvee range. This Eroica edition was aged in American oak and finished in Limousin oak brandy casks before bottling. It…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica
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$142.69

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

70cl, 55.0%
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
$215.98

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3081 & 3097) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

Single malt whisky from Islay matured in a pair of hogsheads and bottled by Signatory without chill-filtration at a strength of 46% in March 2016.  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3081 & 3097) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 56.1%
Bowmore

One of two Fèis Ìle releases from Bowmore for 2014 and the only festival bottling we didn't manage to get our hands on when we visited that year. The 1,000 bottles sold out straight away you see,…  More info

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014
$189.03

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012

70cl, 54.5%
Lagavulin

Lagavulin's special Islay Jazz Festival release from 2012, matured in a single refill Sherry butt and bottled at cask strength! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012
$426.68

Ardbog (Ardbeg)

70cl, 52.1%
Ardbeg

A limited edition Ardbeg released during the Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of bourbon as well as some Manzanilla sherry casks, it was produced for 'Ardbog Day', which was celebrated…  More info

Ardbog (Ardbeg)
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$145.78

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)
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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)
$129.57

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus

70cl, 61.0%
Bruichladdich

Not only is Bruichladdich Octomore the world's most heavily peated whisky, at 140 ppm, this astonishingly complex whisky has also been finished (or ACEd (Additional Cask Enhancement) in…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus
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$621.07

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.1%
Caol Ila

Sure to be a favourite of the 2014 Special Releases this is a 30 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1983 and matured in a mix of refill American and European oak casks. 7,638 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)
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$453.67

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old DNA 1985 4th Edition

70cl, 49.3%
Bruichladdich

This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's very popular DNA whisky. It's made using some of the very best stock from the distillery, distilled in 1985 and aged for 27 years before bottling.…  More info

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old DNA 1985 4th Edition
$290.49

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 382 - La Berenice

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

This is one of a trio of superb 21 year old single malts from Bruichladdich - the Cuvee range. Cuvee 382 "La Berenice" was matured in American oak casks before a finish in sweet Barsac and Sauternes…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 382 - La Berenice
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$139.15

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)

150cl, 51.2%
Caol Ila

One and a half litres of 32 year old Coal Ila! Extraordinary stuff from Hunter Laing's Old & Rare range - matured in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in April 2016.  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)
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Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old

70cl, 54.1%
Bowmore

A cask strength, non-chillfiltered, Spanish-Sherry-butt-finished 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery. As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent!" It has been named Laimrig,…  More info

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old
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Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.7%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg day was released for Feis Ile 2012 but is basically a Committee release. It's a fantastic whisky, and a departure for the distillery which normally releases very limited, exceptional single…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release
$324.01

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask

70cl, 55.5%
Bowmore

A rare Bowmore here that was given to employees of Morrison Bowmore in 2012 after the former president of Suntory Mr Keizo Saji's kindly donated the cask to them. The single Sherry cask was…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask
$1506.88

Lemon Buttered Kippers 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46.0%
Bunnahabhain

A Wemyss bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled 18 years later. The Wemyss folks have given this one the name 'Lemon Buttered Kippers' to suggest what its…  More info

Lemon Buttered Kippers 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$75.96

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release

70cl, 57.3%
Ardbeg

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release
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$378.01

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11030) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Bruichladdich

A well peated, port cask matured 10 year old single malt distilled and released under the port Charlotte name by the Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay. Distilled in October 2005 and…  More info

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11030) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$119.97

Bunnahabhain Infinity 1974 (cask 604) (bottled 2014) - Samaroli

70cl, 43.6%
Bunnahabhain

Matured for around four decades, this is an independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt from Italian bottler Samaroli and their Concept range.  More info

Bunnahabhain Infinity 1974 (cask 604) (bottled 2014) - Samaroli
$531.08

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 2448) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46.0%
Bunnahabhain

A Bunnahabhain bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd, what a fantastic excuse for alliteration and awesome single cask whisky! This Islay single malt aged for 25 years before it was bottled.  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 2448) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$161.71

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 59.8%
Caol Ila

12 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled as part of our very own Single Cask Series! It was drawn from a refill Sherry cask which was filled in April 2003 and opened in September 2015, and has been…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$70.17

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 53.3%
Bowmore

One of two special festival releases from Bowmore for Fèis Ìle 2014, this more expensive bottling is a marriage of first-fill American oak barrel and French wine barrique. It was matured for 24 years…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 - Feis Ile 2014
$1056.20

Lagavulin 1997 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43.0%
Lagavulin

From the Lagavulin distillery on the island of Islay comes the 1997 Distillers Edition, a fantastic single malt which has been maturing since 1997 and enjoyed a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez cask…  More info

Lagavulin 1997 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$82.74

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