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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 21 Year Old Cuvee 382 - La Berenice

70cl, 46%
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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$135.77

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
$316.14

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
$1,470.31

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$74.12

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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$368.84

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)
$117.06

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #9 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.1%
Bunnahabhain

An intense, peaty dram from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series. This is #09 in the series, the most powerful, intense expression out of all 10 releases - a…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #9 (La Maison du Whisky)
$63.35

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

70cl, 46%
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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$157.78

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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$68.46

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
$1,030.57

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

70cl, 43%
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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$80.73

Bowmore 9 Year Old Feis Ile 2009

70cl, 57.1%
Bowmore

This very special Bowmore was distilled on the 14th June 1999 and it was aged in sherry, bourbon and wine casks in warehouse 6 before bottling in 2009 for that year's Feis Ile. A release of 900…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old Feis Ile 2009
$200.25

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 5

70cl, 55.9%
Bowmore

From the oldest distillery on Islay comes the fifth release of Bowmore's 10 year old Tempest single malt Scotch whisky. This annual release is matured in first-fill bourbon casks and presented at…  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 5
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$47.85

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 56.8%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 and bottled 2016 by German bottler Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1982, the year before the distillery was closed, and bottled in 2016.…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland
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Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7401) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

320 bottles of 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky emerged from cask 7401 in early 2015, distilled at Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay and bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7401) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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$103.81

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10951) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Laphroaig matured in a single cask, quite a treat! Distilled in October 1997, this single malt spent 18 years in a refill hogshead beofre being bottled in December 2015 by…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10951) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.1%
Ardbeg

Peat and Sherry is a combination that not everybody loves, but when it works... Wow. Also, if you subscribe to the formula 'one yummy thing + another yummy thing = a super yummy thing!' then this may…  More info

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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$307.71

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 54.7%
Lagavulin

Taken from European oak Sherry butts specially selected by Iain McArthur, this Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling of Lagavulin was distilled back in 1995 and stood out as one of the best festival release of the…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014
$553.34

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Bowmore

This is #07 in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range - a 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2014. The Ten series features a selection of whiskies which have been arranged in…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$57.45

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.8%
Ardbeg

Ooh, a single cask Ardbeg here, bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. This was distilled by the legendary Islay distillery in 2000 and aged in a Sherry butt until 2016, when it was…  More info

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000908) - French Oak Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.9%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of the insanely peated Octomore single malt from Bruichladdich distillery. Distilled on 19th March 2008 and matured in a single French oak cask, just 316 bottles were produced…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000908) - French Oak Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$194.99

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1981 (casks 5671 & 5672) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

A 28 year old Caol Ila, drawn from a pair of casks and bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers Choice range. This was distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2010 - a release of 600 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 28 Year Old 1981 (casks 5671 & 5672) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Shellfish Platter 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A single cask Bowmore, bottled by the folks at Wemyss Malts! This was distilled on Islay in 1997 and left to age in a single hgshead cask until 2015, when it was bottled at 46% ABV and bestowed the…  More info

Shellfish Platter 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$90.75

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