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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.

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 800153 + 800154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.50%
Bowmore

A Signatory bottling of two consecutive hogsheads of Bowmore single malt distilled in 1998. The total outturn was 244 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 800153 + 800154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$126.70

Ardbeg Perpetuum

70cl, 47.40%
Ardbeg

In 1815, the Ardbeg distillery was founded by John McDougall on the Isle of Islay. In 2015, Ardbeg Perpetuum was released during Fèis Ìle 2015 in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Dr. Bill…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum
17
$120.57

Bw5 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 50.20%
Bowmore

From the Speciality Drinks Periodic-Table-influenced Elements of Islay range comes the fifth edition of "Bw". Good balance of citrus fruit and classic Bowmore smoke with this one.  More info

Bw5 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)
$103.51

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 60.40%
Caol Ila

It's not every day you see unpeated Caol Ila, but it's part of Diageo's Special Releases for a reason - it's a bit special, it is. Released for the 2014 collection of Special Releases, this edition…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)
1
$97.43

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 7)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This is Batch 7 of Adelphi's Liddesdale, featuring a 21 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled at 46%. The series used to not disclose which distillery the whisky came…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 7)
$110.95

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 2998) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 51.60%
Bruichladdich

A very well-aged Bruichladdich from Berry Brothers & Rudd dating to the Whyte & Mackay era.  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 2998) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$138.59

Laphroaig 32 Year Old

70cl, 46.60%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig's 200th anniversary celebrations have been leading up to this extraordinary bottling of rare single malt Scotch whisky from Islay all through 2015. Just 5,880 bottles of this exclusively…  More info

Laphroaig 32 Year Old
3
$913.88

Sea Haar Bound 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled single cask single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the Isle of Islay, matured a hogshead cask from 1997 to 2014. It was bottled by Wemyss Malts at 46%…  More info

Sea Haar Bound 1997 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$103.89

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1994 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.10%
Bunnahabhain

A 20 year old 1994 vintage Bunnahabhain from Campbeltown bottler WM Cadenhead, 354 bottles have been produced.  More info

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1994 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$86.40

Cobbler's Hearth 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay single malt here from Wemyss Malt - this is a 1997 vintage Caol Ila, matured in a hogshead until 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 340 bottles, presented at 46% ABV. This has…  More info

Cobbler's Hearth 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
$100.96

Port Charlotte 9 Year Old 2004 (cask 1036) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A Cooper's Choice bottling of Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled by Bruichladdich using peated barley in 2004. It was left to age in a single cask for 9 years, before it…  More info

Port Charlotte 9 Year Old 2004 (cask 1036) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.05

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Ardbeg

Hold the phone, is this an independently bottled, single cask 23 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky?! By Jove it is! A very exciting dram from one of the most renowned distilleries on Islay,…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$589.35

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10583) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bowmore

An independent bottling of 15 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Old Particular range from Douglas Laing. This Islay treat was distilled back in September 1999 (when…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 10583) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$119.13

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 388337) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Duncan Taylor bottling of 25 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Shery oak cask from October 1989 to January 2015. Following its lengthy maturation, this Islay single malt…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 388337) - The Duncan Taylor Single
1
$245.59

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 10348) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 45.20%
Bunnahabhain

An independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill hogshead for 35 long years! This Islay expression was distilled in December 1978 and bottled in June…  More info

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 1978 (cask 10348) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$367.73

Ardbeg - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.60%
Ardbeg

Whispered about in the halls in only hushed, excited voices, this is a much anticipated release - and it's here. The sixth batch of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Ardbeg -  Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10870) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Caol Ila

Malt whisky distilled at the Islay distillery Coal Ila in January 1995, matured in a single refill hogshead for two decades, and then bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015. The outturn was 282…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 10870) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$127.59

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 4842) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 54.80%
Caol Ila

Fancy some well-aged Caol Ila? Well Gleann Mór have just the thing for that hankering with this independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 30 years! It was…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 4842) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$426.48

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 11211) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

16 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This peaty Islay treat was distilled in June 1998 and set aside to age in refill hogshead…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 11211) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$94.85

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in 2 bourbon barrels and bottled without chill filtration or additional colouring. It was distilled on the island of Islay in 2006…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$71.69

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 11209) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

An indie Islay right here, folks! This is a Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Laphroaig distillery. The whisky was matured in a single refill cask…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 11209) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$105.75

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800152) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.70%
Bowmore

Mature in a refill Sherry hogshead for 16 years, this Bowmore was distilled on 2nd June 1998 and bottled on 10th April 2015. A delicious offering from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection, the…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800152) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$118.99

Bunnahabhain Mòine (cask 3180) - Feis Ile 2004

70cl, 59.60%
Bunnahabhain

Just 310 bottles of peated Bunahabhain (Mòine being Gaelic for 'peat') were released for the Fèis Ìle festival in 2004 from a single ex-bourbon cask. A rare and very hard to find bottle for Islay…  More info

Bunnahabhain Mòine (cask 3180) - Feis Ile 2004
1
$395.95

Port Charlotte 13 Years Old 2001 (cask 1036) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 62.80%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of 13 year old Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky, which is the name the Bruichladdich distillery uses for their heavily peated spirit. It was distilled back in December…  More info

Port Charlotte 13 Years Old 2001 (cask 1036) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$157.60

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 52.40%
Bruichladdich

Ooh, an indie Bruichladdich! And bottled at cask strength, no less. Very exciting stuff from Gordon & MacPahil. This Islay single malt was distilled in October 1991 and matured in refill Sherry…  More info

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$137.42

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