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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 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2801) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.60%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old Bunnahabhain, presented as part of Signatory's excellent Cask Strength Collection. This Islay single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in October 1988 and matured in a single refill…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2801) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$143.00

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling

70cl, 57.90%
Port Ellen

24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which sadly has been closed since 1983. This Islay whisky was distilled in March 1978, matured in a single Sherry butt…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling
$655.62

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 8943) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 23 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask from 1990 to 2014. It comes to us presented by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range, with an outturn…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 8943) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$78.05

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16737) - Sauterne Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.80%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of notably intensely peaty Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. This one has was distilled in December 2007, matured in a Sauternes…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16737) - Sauterne Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$203.92

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery on the Island of Islay. It was distilled in June 1982 and bottled in March 2014 for the Mackillop's Choice…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice
$747.58

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.90%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1098.95

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.70%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an independent bottling of Ardbeg! Don't see many of these, do you? This one comes to us via Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, and was matured in a single cask from April 2003 to June 2015. It was…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$104.65

Lagavulin 21 Year Old

70cl, 56.50%
Lagavulin

A cask strength 21 year old release from Lagavulin, just 6,642 bottles were released, distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2007.  More info

Lagavulin 21 Year Old

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16746) - Sauternes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64%
Bruichladdich

Well, this is rather exciting - Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, independently bottled by the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company. This heavily peated, Sauternes…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16746) - Sauternes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$203.92

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800151) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.30%
Bowmore

A gorgeous independent bottling of single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the isle of Islay, presented at cask strength. It was distilled back in June 1998 and set aside to age in a single…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800151) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$107.64

Caol Ila "Young & Feisty" (casks 10178+10179) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This is a youthful, small-batch bottling of Caol Ila from the Provenance range, bottled in Winter 2012 without an age statement. It was described by the bottlers as "Young and Feisty".  More info

Caol Ila
$66.35

Laphroaig 18 Year Old - Jubilee Edition

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

A limited edition Laphroaig 18 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Part of a release of just 3000 bottles, the award-winning 18 year old is a stunning whisky. The distillery is donating £3000…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old - Jubilee Edition
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Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10788) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Provenance bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead for 7 years. Back in the autumn of 2007, this whisky was distilled and placed into cask #10788. In summer…  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 10788) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$42.45

Pl3 - Elements of Islay (Port Charlotte)

50cl, 60.30%
Bruichladdich

This is the third "Pl" in the Elements of Islay range from Speciality Drinks. This has been matured in Château Climens wine casks, resulting in great interplay between the sweet wine-like notes and…  More info

Pl3 - Elements of Islay (Port Charlotte)
$110.15

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3983) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.40%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of 21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay. It was distilled in December 1992 and left to mature in a single cask until…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3983) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$100.19

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 54.40%
Lagavulin

A frequent favourite of Diageo's Special Releases, this is the 2014 edition 12 year old Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. Featuring malts that were distilled in 2001 and 2002, matured in refill…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2014 Special Release)
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$88.13

Samphire Beach 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 53.10%
Bunnahabhain

A cask strength bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead cask from 1990 to 2015. It was drawn from its cask and bottled at 53.1% ABV by Wemyss Malts, with an…  More info

Samphire Beach 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$130.60

Bw3 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 51.60%
Bowmore

Bw3 is the third instalment of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky for Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay range. It doesn't take a scientist to know that this should be some tasty independently…  More info

Bw3 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)
$66.08

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46.50%
Bunnahabhain

Released as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range, this is a 34 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry oak cask. It was distilled in September 1979 and bottled…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807)  - The Duncan Taylor Single
$417.75

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 387718) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 51.10%
Bunnahabhain

A Duncan Taylor Single bottling of well-aged Bunnahabhain, matured in a single Sherry oak cask. It was distilled back in May 1979 and bottled in July 2014, with just 93 bottles produced. These have…  More info

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 387718) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$332.69

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 10407) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A Douglas Laing bottling of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 8 years. It was distilled in autumn 2005, aged in a refill hogshead for 8 years and bottled in summer…  More info

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 10407) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$65.38

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.50%
Bowmore

Brilliant Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky from 1989! Who do we have to thank for this wonderful single cask release of 244 bottles? Well, it's the talented folks at Mackillop's, of course. We doff…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice
$209.01

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl, 50.90%
Laphroaig

A fabulous 25 year old Laphroaig, and an official bottling too. This stuff is at natural cask strength, and it's a huge whisky with loads of character. It was also awarded the title "Best Cask…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength
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Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 10430) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt, mature in a single Sherry butt (#10430) for 12 years. Coming from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, which celebrates the seasons of distillation, the…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 10430) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$54.59

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

The Bowmore 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky - sure to have been a wonderful introduction to the coastal, peated whisky of Islay to many a whisky fan. Gentle but distinct peaty notes waft in,…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug
$34.91

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