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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.

Samphire Beach 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 53.10%
Bunnahabhain

A cask strength bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead cask from 1990 to 2015. It was drawn from its cask and bottled at 53.1% ABV by Wemyss Malts, with an…  More info

Samphire Beach 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$142.85

Bw3 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 51.60%
Bowmore

Bw3 is the third instalment of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky for Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay range. It doesn't take a scientist to know that this should be some tasty independently…  More info

Bw3 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)
$72.28

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46.50%
Bunnahabhain

Released as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range, this is a 34 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry oak cask. It was distilled in September 1979 and bottled…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807)  - The Duncan Taylor Single
$456.91

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 387718) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 51.10%
Bunnahabhain

A Duncan Taylor Single bottling of well-aged Bunnahabhain, matured in a single Sherry oak cask. It was distilled back in May 1979 and bottled in July 2014, with just 93 bottles produced. These have…  More info

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 387718) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$363.87

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 10407) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A Douglas Laing bottling of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 8 years. It was distilled in autumn 2005, aged in a refill hogshead for 8 years and bottled in summer…  More info

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 10407) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$71.51

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.50%
Bowmore

Brilliant Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky from 1989! Who do we have to thank for this wonderful single cask release of 244 bottles? Well, it's the talented folks at Mackillop's, of course. We doff…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice
$228.61

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl, 50.90%
Laphroaig

A fabulous 25 year old Laphroaig, and an official bottling too. This stuff is at natural cask strength, and it's a huge whisky with loads of character. It was also awarded the title "Best Cask…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength
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Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 10430) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt, mature in a single Sherry butt (#10430) for 12 years. Coming from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, which celebrates the seasons of distillation, the…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 10430) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$59.71

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

The Bowmore 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky - sure to have been a wonderful introduction to the coastal, peated whisky of Islay to many a whisky fan. Gentle but distinct peaty notes waft in,…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug
$38.18

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10428) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.70%
Caol Ila

Part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, which was introduced in 2014, this Caol Ila certainly fits the bill of being well-matured, sitting at a cool 30 years old. It was distilled in…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10428) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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$323.66

Bunnahabhain 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 602) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.40%
Bunnahabhain

A Duncan Taylor Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay. This single cask treat was distilled in February 2008 and set aside to age in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 602) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$45.41

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 4th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

The fourth release of Kilchoman's excellent, lightly-peated release, 100% Islay. They used barley grown on the island and completed every step of production at the distillery - a big undertaking, but…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 4th Edition
4
$76.94

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.40%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky - always exciting, these are. This one was distilled by the renowned Islay distillers in October 1993 and set aside to mature in a refill…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
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$712.30

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

14 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. 563 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$85.56

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10272) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.90%
Bunnahabhain

Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range is reserved for some very special, well aged whiskies, and this 25 year old Bunnahabhain fits into those categories rather splendidly! The single hogshead was…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10272) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$253.17

Bruichladdich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.70%
Bruichladdich

Nice to see you, to see you... Anyway, the second batch of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived, and with it we revisit the pinnacle of TV…  More info

Bruichladdich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 60.30%
Lagavulin

From independent bottler Gleann Mór, comes a single cask 10 year old Lagavulin single malt, presented as part of their A Rare Find range. It was distilled in January 2005 and matured for a whole…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$114.54

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

25 year old malt from Islay's most prolific distillery - Caol Ila. Sweet Smooth, and very 'sherbet-lemony'. Only a hint of Smoke, and just superb.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old (43%)
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$190.49

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5421) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 41.70%
Bunnahabhain

Celebrate all the good deeds casks do for us with a Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask bottling of 23 year old Bunnahabhain! What do you mean "What good deeds do casks do?" They mature whisky like…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5421) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$157.66

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie bottling of 10 year old Caol Ila single malt. It was distilled on Islay in 2003 and matured until 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of 738 bottles. We have WM Cadenhead to thank for…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$92.72

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55.10%
Lagavulin

Yet another cracking 12 year old limited edition Lagavulin from Diageo's Special Releases, the twelfth of the series. Vatted from refill American Oak casks before being bottled at natural cask…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2013 Special Release)
8
$108.44

Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 5716) - Rivesaltes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.10%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling from the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company of 6 year old Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery. This heavily peated dram was distilled in March…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 5716) - Rivesaltes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
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$223.04

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.60%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled single malt from one of the most famous closed Scottish distilleries - the Port Ellen distillery on the island of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982 and matured in a…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1063.53

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 5895) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Love Islay whisky, specifically the brilliant single malts from Bunnahabhain? Then get yourself over here and check out this little stunner. A 23 year old peated single malt Scotch whisky from that…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 5895) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$97.59

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 588) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.10%
Bruichladdich

Bourbon-cask-matured Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company. It was distilled back in July 2002 and filled into a single bourbon cask, in which it…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 588) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$74.98

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