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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 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 2535) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.10%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain looks to be a properly Sherried beast! It was distilled on Islay in October 1995 and matured in a Sherry hogshead for 18 years, until it was bottled in August 2014 with a tiny…  More info

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 2535) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$222.65

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386831) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 45.70%
Bunnahabhain

Goodness gracious, look at this 34 year old Bunnahabhain! Obviously it spent all those years in Sherry oak, so expect a flavour profile brimming with Sherried goodness. The Islay distillery put the…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386831) - The Duncan Taylor Single
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$465.88

Kilchoman 2008 Single Cask Release (cask 455/2008)

70cl, 60.50%
Kilchoman

An exciting single cask release of Islay Scotch whisky from Anthony Wills' farm distillery, Kilchoman. They grow a portion of the barley used in their whiskies themselves and are one of the small…  More info

Kilchoman 2008 Single Cask Release (cask 455/2008)
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$101.46

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10351) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.30%
Laphroaig

A lovely, sooty Laphroaig single malt, bottled by the fine folks at Douglas Laing as part of their Directors' Cut selection. The renowned Islay distillery filled the refill hogshead (#10351) in March…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10351) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$422.41

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

You know that a distillery is getting popular when they release a gift pack, and we're happy beyond belief that Kilchoman have got to that point so quickly. This set comes with a bottle of their…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$53.78

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

The 2014 release of Kilchoman's Loch Gorm single malt, which has been fully matured in Oloroso Sherry butts from 2009 to 2014. The previous Loch Gorm release won the Islay distillery a Gold Medal in…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release
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$64.54

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
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Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.30%
Bowmore

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, an Islay favourite. This was matured in a bourbon hogshead (#65, if you were wondering) from May 2000 to April 2014, bottled just shy of 14…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$106.18

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10343) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Laphroaig

A classic Laphroaig, bottled for the award-winning Old Particular series by Douglas Laing. Distilled in April 1998 and bottled in May 2014 after maturing in a refill hogshead, this 16 year old single…  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10343) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$113.73

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 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10128) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

Produced by the ever-reliable Bunnahabhain distillery, this single cask single malt Scotch whisky has been matured for 16 years before it was bottled by Hunter Laing for their also ever-reliable Old…  More info

Bunnahabhain 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10128) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.56

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10285) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bowmore

Distilled in March 1996 and bottled in March 2014, this 18 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky features plenty of ash and smoke alongside rich barley - all excellent things, we must say. It…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10285) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$129.83

Laphroaig 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

Single cask Laphroaig! Awesome! This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a refill hoggie for 11 years, until 2014, when it was bottled with no added colouring or…  More info

Laphroaig 11 Year Old 2002 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$85.39

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

To say bottlings of Port Ellen are sought after is just a bit of an understatement. While the distillery remains silent, and has done since 1983, releases like this rare Gordon & MacPahil…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$614.81

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 02 - bottled 2010) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

This is a single cask bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from February 1983 until September 2010. Part of the Single Malts of Scotland range of independent…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 02 - bottled 2010) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$560.95

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
$1323.95

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6507) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.10%
Caol Ila

A wonderful single cask release of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1982, from the Mackillop's Choice range. 292 bottles of this delicious Islay whisky were produced from cask 6507 at…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6507) - Mackillop's Choice
$234.19

Caol Ila - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.80%
Caol Ila

Batch 1 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been launched to mark the team's trip to Fèis Ìle 2013! If you catch them while they're out there, they may even…  More info

Caol Ila - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 55.50%
Caol Ila

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER 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…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 - Feis Ile 2014
$166.31

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 40.10%
Ardbeg

This gorgeous Ardbeg may not have taken on quite the same hue as some of its Darkness! siblings, but it has still spent 3 months in a tiny, specially rebuilt 50 litre first-fill Sherry cask (a fresh…  More info

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
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Bunnahabhain 1997 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

This is a fourteen year old Bunnahabhain from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth…  More info

Bunnahabhain 1997 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$107.67

Wemyss The Malt Barn 1997 (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain, bottled by Wemyss Malts, is pale and golden in colour, and as the name suggests, it's a malty and full bodied dram. Bottled at 46% abv.  More info

Wemyss The Malt Barn 1997 (Bunnahabhain)
$80.91

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

WM Cadenhead know their stuff when it comes to brilliant independent bottlings, so we're sure the Islay whisky fans out there will be excited about this 13 year old Bowmore single malt, distilled in…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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$59.49

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Caol Ila

An Islay favourite, Caol Ila make a glorious peated single malt. if you're looking for proof, look no further than this independent bottling of 13 year old Caol Ila, taken from a refill hogshead.…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$81.88

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 54.70%
Lagavulin

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER 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…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014
$177.88

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