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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 Octomore Futures

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Rarer than hen's teeth this one. Special pre-release bottling of Bruichladdich's Octomore - the most heavily peated whisky in the world. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore Futures

Caol Ila 2008 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Caol Ila

A 2008 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range. The series traverses whisky flavour profiles and organises them by number, from the…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$57.51

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

70cl, 56.1%
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)
$50.26

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1982 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 60.1%
Caol Ila

Well-aged Islay single malt here, folks! It's a 34 year old Caol Ila, bottled by WM Cadenhead as part of their Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2016 with a small outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1982 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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$183.75

Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This follows on from the 2003 edition. It is made with organic Scottish barley which is certified by the biodynamic association. It is a lightly peated Bruichladdich, matured in American oak casks…  More info

Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage
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Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000894) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 65.6%
Bruichladdich

A 7 year old super-heavily peated Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery. It was matured in a bourbon cask for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled as part…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000894) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$257.48

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna

100cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

Cruach Mhóna is gaelic for a pile of drying peat bricks and follows on from Toiteach (gaelic for smoky) as a peaty offering from Bunnahabhain. Although Islay is famed for its peat, Bunnahabhain's…  More info

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna
4
$82.60

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.1%
Bruichladdich

Distilled in April 1989 at Bruichladdich, this 26 year old independent release from a single refill hogshead filled 225 bottles in September 2015. A well aged Islay malt from Douglas Laing's Extra…  More info

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$181.34

Bunnahabhain 1989 (cask 5784) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 48.3%
Bunnahabhain

A late 1980s single cask Bunnah. Need we say more? Alright, well it's part of the Spirit & Cask Range, initially a series of specialist bottlings for the German market bottled by Whiskymax. The…  More info

Bunnahabhain 1989 (cask 5784) - Spirit & Cask Range
$109.59

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275

70cl, 55.4%
Ardbeg

An astonishing 11 year old single cask from Ardbeg - stunning in flavour and very, very rare. This was distilled in 1998 and aged in cask 1275 (a first fill bourbon barrel) before bottling in 2009 -…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275
$926.40

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

75cl, 46.5%
Ardbeg

Give the gift of delicious Ardbeg! This set contains a 70cl bottle of the wonderful Ardbeg 10 Year Old as well as a 5cl miniature of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Comes in a very cool box too. Result.  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack
$46.53

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2451) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 49.8%
Bunnahabhain

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay, matured in a single cask for 26 long years! For over a quarter of a century, from 1987 to…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2451) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$122.36

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 42.9%
Bunnahabhain

An indie Bunnah, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd! This Bunnahabhain was distilled on the island of Islay in 1989 and matured in cask #5716 for 24 years before being bottled by the legendary wine and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$108.24

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1998 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.2%
Laphroaig

An independent bottling of 17 year old single malt from the Laphroaig distillery on the south coast of Islay, aged in a single cask from 1998 to November 2015. It was bottled by the fine folks at WM…  More info

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1998 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
$201.82

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11363) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A Douglas Laing bottling of 10 year old single malt from the legendary Laphroaig distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was matured in a single refill hogshead from November 2005 to August 2016, when…  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11363) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$64.86

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 - Ancien Regime

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The first of two special releases to mark the acquisition and rebirth of Bruichladdich distillery, distilled in 1998 under the previous ownership. 2,500 bottles were produced, matured in bourbon…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 - Ancien Regime
$84.31

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Another tremendous release of Sherry matured peated single malt from Kilchoman. Taken from 17 Oloroso casks, a combination of first fill and refill, this is their oldest Lock Gorm to date with every…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016 Release
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$68.13

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1993 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 47.5%
Bruichladdich

Distilled at Bruichladdich on 7th May 1993 and bottled as part of our Single Cask Series on 31st May 2016, this stunning Islay single malt matured for over 23 years in a single second fill hogshead!  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1993 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$157.28

Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Release

70cl, 57.1%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg Corryvreckan, this is a the Committee Reserve bottling, released in 2008 to great critical acclaim. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Release

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2014 Release)

70cl, 45.1%
Laphroaig

An exceptional 2014 release from Laphroaig, this superb Islay single malt has been matured for 25 years in a combination of first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks and ex-American bourbon barrels, then…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2014 Release)
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$428.70

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Described by the distillers as being "a dram for the connoisseur and the enlightened student of peat", Octomore 10 was distilled from the world's most heavily peated barley. It was aged for 10 years…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old
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$491.61

Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

For Bruichladdich's 2016 Fèis Ìle release, the Islay-based distillery created an expression using whisky drawn from first-fill bourbon, Sherry and French wine casks. It was also given a finishing…  More info

Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle 2016
$155.21

Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 54.9%
Bowmore

Released during Fèis Ìle 2016, this Bowmore single malt was maturated in a combination of American virgin oak casks and Europeans Oloroso Sherry casks. The use of virgin oak casks is not all that…  More info

Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2016
$175.97

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2009 Release)

70cl, 57.9%
Lagavulin

The hotly anticipated 2009 release of the cask-strength Lagavulin 12 year-old. Undoubtedly one of the best cask-strength whiskies. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2009 Release)
1
$206.96

Bowmore Feis Ile 2013

70cl, 56.5%
Bowmore

Bowmore’s festival bottling for Fèis Ìle 2013 was a bourbon matured release of just 1,000 bottles. It's cask strength, non chill-filtered and very yummy. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore Feis Ile 2013
$196.66

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