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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.

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.3%
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, 50.4%
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)
$1,413.73

Lagavulin 25 Year Old (Special Release 2002)

70cl, 57.2%
Lagavulin

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Rare, massively exciting and extremely sought after peated cask strength single malt whisky from Lagavulin distillery on Islay! 9,000 bottles were released as part of Diageo's…  More info

Lagavulin 25 Year Old (Special Release 2002)
$1,021.78

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11509) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

From one of the most well-loved Scotch distillery - Bowmore out on the Isle of Islay - comes this 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask by Hunter Laing. It was…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11509) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (casks 5809 & 5813) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.4%
Bunnahabhain

25 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on the Isle of Islay in October 1989! It was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection, drawing from two casks (#5809 and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (casks 5809 & 5813) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11642) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

An indie Islay single malt right here from Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range! This is a 15 year old Laphroaig which was distilled in April 2000, matured in a single refill butt and bottled in June…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 11642) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (casks 2178+2180) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt, drawn from two refill Sherry hogsheads by Signatory! The whisky was distilled by Bowmore in October 2002 and bottled in March 2015 without any chill…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (casks 2178+2180) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 - Boisdale 25th Anniversary

70cl, 44%
Bunnahabhain

A special single cask release of late '80s Bunnah to celebrate Boisdale's 25th anniversary. Distilled on 20th October 1989 and bottled in 2015, the outturn was just 200 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 - Boisdale 25th Anniversary
$149.54

Lp6 - Elements of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 51.3%
Laphroaig

Another entry in Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay series from the "Lp" distillery. The sixth edition is plenty peaty, with good helpings of vanilla and vibrant fruit flesh notes. This has been…  More info

Lp6 - Elements of Islay (Laphroaig)
$83.63

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 55.6%
Bruichladdich

12 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Darkness! range after enjoying a finishing period in a specially coopered, 50 litre Pedro Ximénez cask. Such a small cask, but the…  More info

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
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$78.55

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 2536) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 51.1%
Bunnahabhain

Well-Sherried Bunnahabhain, released as part of Càrn Mòr's fantastic Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. This 20 year old Islay single malt was distilled in January 1995 and bottled in June…  More info

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 2536) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

'Blowing on a Sea Breeze' is that name of this Wemyss Malts independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 209…  More info

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$120.01

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.9%
Caol Ila

Lorne Mackillop chooses the expressions that become part of the Mackillop's Choice range, and they're all absolutely top notch drams. Distilled at the Islay distillery in 1990, this Caol Ila has been…  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice

Coastal Confection 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 54.7%
Bowmore

Another fantastic Wemyss Malts independently bottled whisky here, this time from the renowned Bowmore distillery on Islay. It was distilled in 1996 and left to age in a hogshead cask until 2015, when…  More info

Coastal Confection 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$81.84

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 11155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

An independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay, matured in a single refill hoggie for 13 years. It was distilled by Bowmore in December 2001 and bottled in…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 11155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10706) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Bruichladdich

A Douglas Laing bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Particular range. It was distilled all the way back in November 1993 and set aside to mature in a…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10706) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg Galileo

70cl, 49%
Ardbeg

The rumour mill has been rumbling about this Ardbeg release for some time. In April 2012 Ardbeg sent some of their new-make spirit up into space to make Ardbeg the first inter-stellar whisky, so it…  More info

Ardbeg Galileo
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Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 Bourbon Cask - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.3%
Bruichladdich

From our Master of Malt Single Cask Series comes a brilliant first-fill bourbon cask matured Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, presented at a generous 57.3% ABV. It was distilled on the isle…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 Bourbon Cask - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$93.21

Sea Swept Barnacle 1987 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

We love the imagery Wemyss conjure with the names of their releases, "Sea Swept Barnacle" giving plenty of indication as to the character of this single cask Bunnahabhain. In fact, it's made us…  More info

Sea Swept Barnacle 1987 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$162.23

Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 – PX

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Subtitled after Julio Cortázar's short story La Noche Bocca Arriba, Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 is a 21 year old whisky which was aged in American oak and finished in rich, sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry…  More info

Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 – PX
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$130.94

Bruichladdich Octomore 4.2 Comus

70cl, 61%
Bruichladdich

Please note: The tube has a slight dent but this is still an incredibly sought after piece. This is an interesting one. Octomore Comus is peated to an immense 167ppm, then finished in sauternes…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 4.2 Comus
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$214.78

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004

50cl, 57.5%
Bruichladdich

A special release from Bruichladdich for the 2010 Islay Festival, this was distilled in 2004 and aged in a fresh sherry butt (cask number 1667) before bottling as part of an outturn of 1060 50cl…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004
$68.07

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There

70cl, 54.1%
Ardbeg

Please note: There is some miniscule damage to the box but this is still an incredibly handsome piece from Ardbeg. The penultimate part in the Young series from Ardbeg, spanning the development of…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There
$157.20

Bruichladdich Black Art III 22 Year Old 1989

70cl, 48.7%
Bruichladdich

This is the third release of the Bruichladdich Black Arts series. The recipe is kept a strict secret and the bottle features the arcane symbols seen on earlier releases.  More info

Bruichladdich Black Art III 22 Year Old 1989
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$240.98

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