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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.

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 374 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

From the Hepburn's Choice range of independently bottled Scotch whiskies comes an 8 year old Bunnahabhain, distilled on the island of Islay in 2007 and matured in a single hogshead. It was bottled by…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 374 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$46.63

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10972) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Laphroaig

A superbly smoky single malt from Laphroaig here, bottled by those daring Douglas Laing chaps. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in September 2000 and aged in a refill hogshead for 15 years until…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10972) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15061) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.8%
Caol Ila

This bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky comes to us via German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. It was allowed to age in a single bourbon hogshead from 2000 to 2015, before being bottled…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2015) (cask 15061) - Malts of Scotland

Bruichladdich Wild and Primitive 2002 (cask 561) (bottled 2013) - Samaroli

70cl, 57%
Bruichladdich

A smart looking cask strength independent Bruichladdich from Italian bottler Samaroli. The outturn was 330 numbered bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich Wild and Primitive 2002 (cask 561) (bottled 2013) - Samaroli
$185.37

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2787) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old Bunnhabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1987, then bottled over quarter of century later in 2014, being drawn from a single cask and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2787) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$156.89

Bowmore 28 Year Old 1981 Vintage Edition

70cl, 49.5%
Bowmore

A limited edition 1981 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 28 years before being bottled at 49.6% in 2010. Each numbered bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by…  More info

Bowmore 28 Year Old 1981 Vintage Edition
$1,021.85

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.6%
Caol Ila

A Signatory bottling of cask strength Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead for 31 years. It was distilled by the Islay distillery in November 1983 and bottled in February…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10966) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A relatively young Bunnah from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, which features whiskies from 7 to around 14 years old. This 8 year old from Islay was distilled in October 2007 and bottled in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10966) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.6%
Caol Ila

Well aged Caol Ila, anyone? Oh yes, this is a single cask bottling of 25 year old single malt from the legendary Islay distillery, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing.…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 388359) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

25 year old, Sherry-cask-matured Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. This was distilled in September 1989 and bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 388359) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.2%
Caol Ila

A stunning single cask Caol Ila single malt, matured in a refill hogshead from January 1984 to October 2014. It was bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare Platinum range, with an outturn of 246…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old  1984 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 10704) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51%
Bunnahabhain

Extraordinarily aged Bunnahabhain from top bottler Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range. Just 258 bottles of this historic whisky, distilled back in January 1975, were produced.  More info

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 10704) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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

50cl, 49%
Bowmore

The second batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Bowmore is a smoky, muscular whisky with more than a hint of sherry in the mix. It comes with a rather wonderful comic book illustration of the…  More info

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

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2005 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A tasty bit of Islay single malt here from the Bunnahabhain distillery, matured for 10 years in a pair of bourbon barrels - from 2005 to 2015. This is another delicious entry in WM Cadenhead's Small…  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2005 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

Bruichladdich High Noon - Feis Ile 2015

50cl, 48.7%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich's Fèis Ìle 2015 release was the High Noon Black Art Valinch (in keeping with the theme of that year - Hoe Down!). It's a rather mysterious release, with very little known about the…  More info

Bruichladdich High Noon - Feis Ile 2015
$309.12

Bruichladdich Octomore Futures 5 Year Old 2009

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

This is a rather rare bottling of Octomore Futures 5 Year Old, a very heavily peated single malt from Bruichladdich, distilled in February 2009 and bottled August 2014. It was peated to 258PPM,…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore Futures 5 Year Old 2009
$314.36

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 10971) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Caol Ila

An Islay Old Particular here, distilled at Caol Ila in September 1996 and matured in a single refill hogshead cask until December 2015. The outturn was 313 bottles at 51.5% abv.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 10971) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3807) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1992 and set aside to age in cask #3807 until 2014, when it was…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3807) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$76.28

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2464) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Single cask Bunnahabhain, presented by the brilliant Berry Brothers & Rudd. This is a 26 year old Islay whisky, distilled in 1987 and left to age in cask 2464. In 2014, the cask was cracked open an…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2464) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$144.27

Ardbeg - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.4%
Ardbeg

What many of you have been waiting for - a new batch of Ardbeg from That Boutique-y Whisky Company!!! Geert Bero, the world's most famous Ardbeg collector and proprietor of the legendary Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Laphroaig 24 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.9%
Laphroaig

An independent bottling of 24 year old Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the fantastic Old & rare Platinum range. This Islay whisky was distilled in March 1990, matured in a refill…  More info

Laphroaig 24 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
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Caol Ila - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 55%
Caol Ila

Hold the phone, the Paps of Jura? Prince Vuntan?! I know that view! It's the view from the still room at Caol Ila! I recognise this label too, except this one says "Batch 2" on it... [Jake has…  More info

Caol Ila - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$50.26

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 800092) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 57%
Bunnahabhain

Bottled in 2015, this is a 7 year old single malt distilled at Bunnahbahain distillery in 2007 and matured in a single cask. It was bottled with neither artificial colouring nor chill filtration by…  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 800092) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$59.81

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 80080) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.9%
Laphroaig

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of Islay's most famous distilleries, Laphroaig. This was distilled in May 2005 and set aside to age for 10 years, until Duncan Taylor…  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 80080) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1989

70cl, 51.8%
Bowmore

A cask strength 16 year old, a rare edition from a vatting of 134 casks of 1989 vintage Bowmore, most of the casks were ex-bourbon. The resultant single malt is thick and exudes fruit and floral…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1989

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