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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 - 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)
$95.84

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
$73.15

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
$675.95

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)
$81.34

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2036) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 58.1%
Port Ellen

A bottle of single cask malt whisky from the legendary Port Ellen, a closed distillery on Islay whose whiskies have become extremely sought-after over the years. This cracking indie release was…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2036) (Bladnoch)
$628.74

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.2%
Bowmore

From one of the excellent distilleries on the Island of Islay comes this edition of Mackillop's Choice. Give a warm welcome to the Bowmore 1990, which was distilled in April 1990 and bottled in July…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice
$173.46

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.5%
Port Ellen

A Hunter Laing bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned closed distilleries in Scotland - Port Ellen. Distilled at the Islay distillery in September 1978 and aged in a…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.3%
Caol Ila

An 11 year old Caol Ila, bottled by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail! This is a blend of whiskies drawn from four casks filled by the outstanding Islay distillery - it was distilled in…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1976 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.1%
Bunnahabhain

31 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in Fino Sherry oak - a delightful combination... A release of 216 bottles from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1976 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$466.30

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Manager's Dram

70cl, 57.1%
Lagavulin

Bottled exclusively for Diageo staff in 2013, this is a rare natural cask strength Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Lagavulin 11 Year Old Manager's Dram
$585.88

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 616) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.9%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore! Filled into a hogshead on 5th March 1991, it emerged on 18th January 2016, almost 25 years later to fill 160 bottles as part of Càrn Mòr's Celebration Of The Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 616) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$220.48

Bunnahabhain 44 Year Old 1968 (cask 701) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41%
Bunnahabhain

One of the stupendously well presented & well aged Duncan Taylor Tantalus collection, this time featuring a 44 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, that's right, this whisky matured…  More info

Bunnahabhain 44 Year Old 1968 (cask 701) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.8%
Caol Ila

Batch 1 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been launched to mark the team's trip to Fèis Ìle 2013! If you catch them while they're out there, they may even…  More info

Caol Ila - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
2

The Admiral's Beacon 1980 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Ooh, a Wemyss Malts bottling of 1980 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky! As ever, they've given this independent bottling a rather descriptive title - 'The Admiral's Beacon'. This is a…  More info

The Admiral's Beacon 1980 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$285.70

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11185) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An indie Islay single malt here, distilled by Bunnahabhain and bottled by Douglas Laing! This is an 8 year old whisky, aged in a single refill hogshead from March 2007 to May 2016, and has been…  More info

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2007 (cask 11185) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$40.86

Lagavulin 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.7%
Lagavulin

Yarr! It be time for a 'smokey cokey' wit' the ol' shipmates in Lagavulin Bay! That's a Lagavulin single malt and cola to you or me - the sort of thing you might be offered by Diageo whisky…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$104.74

Lagavulin 1998 (bottled 2014) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

A Distillers Edition bottling of Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2014 following a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks. These Distillers Editions have proved…  More info

Lagavulin 1998 (bottled 2014) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
14
$77.50

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978052) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.8%
Bruichladdich

21 year old Bruichladdich single malt, bottled as part of The Octave range. This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in 1992, allowed a finishing period in a tiny octave cask and bottled in 2014 with…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978052) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 56.8%
Lagavulin

The least expensive of the 2015 Diageo Special Releases (as the unpeated Caol Ila was a 17 year old), the 12 year old is now a staple and a firm whisky fan favourite, this being the thirteenth…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2015)
6
$83.79

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 6

70cl, 54.9%
Bowmore

The sixth batch of Bowmore's popular Tempest single malt has arrived. After maturing for 10 years in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, this has been blended by Bowmore's Master Distiller and bottled at…  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 6
1
$47.11

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

This is a single cask Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in December 2001 and bottled in October 2014 with an…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.7%
Caol Ila

A single cask bottling of 19 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in June 2016. This was aged in a refill hogshead, which was cracked open and drained of the delicious whisky it…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition (2015)

70cl, 51.5%
Laphroaig

Released during Fèis Ìle 2015 and marking the distillery's 200th anniversary, for this special edition of Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Distiller John Campbell used 100% floor malted barley (from the…  More info

Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition (2015)
11
$209.54

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