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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 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

This is a single cask Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in December 2001 and bottled in October 2014 with an…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.7%
Caol Ila

A single cask bottling of 19 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1996 and bottled in June 2016. This was aged in a refill hogshead, which was cracked open and drained of the delicious whisky it…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11208) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1983 (cask 5292) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.3%
Caol Ila

A single cask Caol Ila single malt, aged in a hogshead cask for 32 years! It was distilled on the isle of Islay in November 1983 and allowed to mature in cask #5292 until January 2016, when Signatory…  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1983 (cask 5292) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Joint Bottling With La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 49.8%
Bunnahabhain

From the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay comes a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, released as a joint bottling between La Maison du Whisky and The Nectar in Belgium. It was…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Joint Bottling With La Maison Du Whisky)
$127.18

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 3371) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.2%
Laphroaig

Ooh, a single cask Laphroaig single malt, bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection! This was distilled in April 1997, aged in a hogshead for 18 years and bottled in January 2016 at…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 3371) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Laphroaig Cairdeas (2014 Edition)

70cl, 51.4%
Laphroaig

The 2014 Cairdeas release ("Cairdeas", pronounced 'car-chase', means 'friendship' in Gaelic) was matured in bourbon barrels and Amontillado hogsheads. Created by Laphroaig Master Distiller John…  More info

Laphroaig Cairdeas (2014 Edition)
5
$146.41

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)
1
$3,132.37

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 55.5%
Caol Ila

Caol Ila's Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling was selected by new distillery manager David Wood (a truly excellent name for anybody in a position to choose casks) who carries on Billy Stitchell's great work.…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014
$256.33

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks II

70cl, 56.3%
Bowmore

"What in the Devil's name is this?" Well, good friends, this is the second release of Bowmore's Devil's Casks single malt Scotch whisky, the first of which was released in 2013 (and proved very…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks II
1
$230.11

Ardbeg 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52%
Ardbeg

That's right folks - a Boutique-y whisky with an age statement! With more and more no age statement whiskies being released these days, That Boutique-y Whisky Company have chosen to go the other way.…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$104.57

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 1339) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 59.5%
Bruichladdich

An independent single cask bottling of Bruichladdich single malt, aged in a 'fresh ex-Oloso Sherry hogshead' from July 2006 to January 2016. This well Sherried piece of Islay gorgeousness was bottled…  More info

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 1339) - Svenska Eldvatten
$103.54

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315329 & 215330) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

From the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection comes a bottle of 8 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled on the island of Islay in September 2007 and matured in a pair of bourbon barrels. In March…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315329 & 215330) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 452) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 59.2%
Bruichladdich

A Swedish independent bottling of Scotch single malt from the Islay distillery of Bruichladdich. Matured in a single Sherry hogshead, the outturn was 264 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 452) - Svenska Eldvatten
$103.42

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 511) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 60.2%
Bruichladdich

Wowsers, first fill Oloroso cask matured Bruichladdich from Svenska Eldvatten! The outturn from the single cask was 285 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 511) - Svenska Eldvatten
$99.09

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 1407) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 59.2%
Bruichladdich

11 year old single cask (bourbon barrel) Bruichladdich from Svenska Eldvatten, distilled in November 2004 and bottled in November 2015. It's nice to taste some more Islay whiskies from these chaps…  More info

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 1407) - Svenska Eldvatten
$98.87

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 3rd Edition

70cl, 50.1%
Bruichladdich

A rare new release from Bruichladdich, this is the third edition in the DNA series. Created by Master Distiller Jim McEwan, this was made using some of the very best casks in the Bruichladdich…  More info

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 3rd Edition
$281.35

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 2763) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.5%
Caol Ila

Part of the Artist Collection #5 for La Maison du Whisky, this stunning 30 year old Caol Ila was bottled by Signatory in 2015.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 2763) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

Kilchoman Machir Bay - UK Tour 2015 Bottling

70cl, 59%
Kilchoman

A special bottling of Kilchoman Machir Bay for the Kilchoman Land Rover's 2015 tour of the UK! It's bottled at a cask strength of 59%.  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay - UK Tour 2015 Bottling

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1980 (The Whisky Agency/La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.8%
Bunnahabhain

A joint bottling from The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky, this 33 year old Bunahabhain single malt was matured in a single ex-Sherry butt. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1980 (The Whisky Agency/La Maison du Whisky)
$171.95

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old 1985 DNA 4th Edition (no tin)

70cl, 49.3%
Bruichladdich

Distilled in 1985, this is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich DNA - a popular whisky made with some of the finest stocks form the distillery. It was aged for 27 years before bottling.  More info

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old 1985 DNA 4th Edition (no tin)
$281.35

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 is the first of three whiskies from the distillery's Cuvee range. This Eroica edition was aged in American oak and finished in Limousin oak brandy casks before bottling. It…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica
1
$138.20

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3081 & 3097) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Single malt whisky from Islay matured in a pair of hogsheads and bottled by Signatory without chill-filtration at a strength of 46% in March 2016.  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3081 & 3097) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012

70cl, 54.5%
Lagavulin

Lagavulin's special Islay Jazz Festival release from 2012, matured in a single refill Sherry butt and bottled at cask strength! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012
$413.26

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus

70cl, 61%
Bruichladdich

Not only is Bruichladdich Octomore the world's most heavily peated whisky, at 140 ppm, this astonishingly complex whisky has also been finished (or ACEd (Additional Cask Enhancement) in…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus
2
$601.53

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.1%
Caol Ila

Sure to be a favourite of the 2014 Special Releases this is a 30 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1983 and matured in a mix of refill American and European oak casks. 7,638 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)
3
$439.40

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