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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.

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old

70cl, 51%
Lagavulin

The 2013 Fèis Ìle bottling from Lagavulin is sublime 18 year old selected by Iain McArthur distilled in 1995. A real highlight of the Islay whisky festival, 3,000 of these sherry matured bottles have…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 - 18 Year Old
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$405.60

Ardbeg 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

Increasingly rare, now discontinued whisky from Ardbeg. Incredibly rich and powerful, and all too easy to drink. Please note: There is a small scratch on the front facing label as pictured, but…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 1992 Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 53.50%
Bowmore

A cask strength release from the Islay distillery, Bowmore. This 'Claret' finish whisky has been matured for 16 years, with a finish in a Bordeaux Wine Cask - the label is emblazoned, accordingly,…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1992 Bordeaux Wine Cask Finish
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Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

A old and rare bottling of precious and delicious Port Ellen single malt from 1999! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.20%
Ardbeg

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release
$270.40

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 10853) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.70%
Bunnahabhain

Independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, handsomely presented as part of Hunter Laing's fantastic Old & Rare range. This Islay single malt was distilled in November 1991 and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 10853) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 32 Year Old 1968

70cl, 45.50%
Bowmore

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stanley P. Morrison Company, Bowmore's owners since 1963, this 32 year old single malt Scotch whisky was bottled around the year 2000. The Bowmore whisky…  More info

Bowmore 32 Year Old 1968
$1184.85

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

A 19 year old Caol Ila, presented as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies. The whisky was put into its hogshead by the Islay-based distillery in August 1996…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Ice Cream" - we…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990
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Sizzling Charcoal 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the north-east of Islay. It's a 1997 vintage, matured in a single hogshead until 2015, when it was bottled by the wonderful…  More info

Sizzling Charcoal 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$87.55

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A limited edition presentation of the classic Ardbeg 10 Year Old, with a box featuring a tractor pulling a massive bottle of Ardbeg on it! We all fondly remember Ardbeg's TracTOUR, and we just can't…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve
$44.08

Sweet Peat Posy 1987 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Wemyss bottling of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead from 1987 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 231 bottles. With a title like "Sweet Peat Posy", you'll want…  More info

Sweet Peat Posy 1987 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
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$215.51

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 54.20%
Port Ellen

A rather rare bottling of 27 year old, 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (and sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on Islay. This was released in 2006 as part of Diageo's 6th…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)
$1350.92

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1979 - 5th Release (2005 Special Release)

70cl, 57.40%
Port Ellen

Rare single malt whisky from the sadly closed distillery of Port Ellen on Islay. This was part of Diageo's Special Releases in 2005 with 5,280 sought-after bottles produced. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1979 - 5th Release (2005 Special Release)
$1889.02

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 60.10%
Caol Ila

Cask strength Caol Ila, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail! This 10 year old Islay single malt was distilled in December 2004 and bottled at 60.1% ABV in February 2015. It was drawn from four casks, which…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2470) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in November 1987 and left to mature for 26 years in a single refill bourbon cask. It was bottled for the Lady of the…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2470) - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$152.61

Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2010 - Single Quarter Cask Release (cask 582/2010) (Master of Malt)

70cl, 59.20%
Kilchoman

The first ever quarter cask matured Kilchoman and it's a Master of Malt exclusive! The distillation date was 7th October 2010 and after almost five years maturing in a single quarter cask it was…  More info

Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2010 - Single Quarter Cask Release (cask 582/2010) (Master of Malt)
$107.95

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young

70cl, 58.30%
Ardbeg

The first part in the Young series from Ardbeg, tracking the development of Ardbeg whisky, aged for just a few years, all the way up to the standard Ardbeg at 10 years old. Very interesting indeed,…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young
$540.74

Bw4 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 51.60%
Bowmore

From Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay range comes Bw4, an independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from a famous Islay distillery. You might have heard of them, in fact. You might even be…  More info

Bw4 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)
$75.66

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5291) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.40%
Caol Ila

Coal Ila single malt whisky matured in a single hogshead for over three decades! Bottled by Signatory on 3rd November 2015, it was distilled on 8th November 1983 (making it near-as-damn-it a 32 year…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5291) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$272.94

Laphroaig 23 Year Old 1991 Vintage

70cl, 52.60%
Laphroaig

A 1991 vintage Laphroaig, bottled at 23 years of age. It was matured in a combination of first fill Sherry casks and refill hogsheads, resulting in touches of spicy, wine-like sweetness surrounding…  More info

Laphroaig 23 Year Old 1991 Vintage

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

The Distillers Editions from Islay distillers Lagavulin are scrummy little numbers indeed, combining the powerful peatiness their expressions are known for, with the sweet sticky notes of Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$97.14

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.30%
Bruichladdich

One of two Bruichladdich single malts released in mid 2015 as part of the Darkness! range. This one was treated to a finishing period in a specially coopered, 50-litre Oloroso Sherry cask. The…  More info

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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Bruichladdich 16 Year Old 1999 (bottled 2015) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 50.40%
Bruichladdich

From Gleann Mór's A Rare Find selection comes an independently bottled 16 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in April 1999 and bottled in November 2015. A release of 163…  More info

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old 1999 (bottled 2015) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Laphroaig Vintage 1977 (bottled 1995)

75cl, 43%
Laphroaig

This right here is a very rare bottle of 1977 vintage Laphroaig, which was bottled in the spring of 1995. Just saying those words will make the ears of every Laphroaig enthusiast in a 25-mile-radius…  More info

Laphroaig Vintage 1977 (bottled 1995)
$1459.09

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