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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.

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.60%
Caol Ila

Fancy some cask strength Caol Ila single malt? Well lucky you, we've got some right here, bottled by the one and only Gordon & MacPhail! This is a 12 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 2003…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$64.57

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 11151) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

An Old Malt Cask bottling of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 14 years. In June 2000, the Islay distillery filled the whisky into a refill barrel and set it aside to…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 11151) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.55

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2001 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Caol Ila

13 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled for the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection. This tasty Islay dram was distilled in August 2001 and set aside to mature until…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2001 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$60.55

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10330) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

We all have to celebrate the seasons, even if some of those seasons bring mind-numbing heat and others bring ridiculous freezing winds. Why should we celebrate them? Because they don't only bring us…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10330) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$66.76

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5300) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.70%
Caol Ila

Cask strength Caol Ila! Yum! This is a Signatory bottling of single malt from one of Islay's most well-known and well-loved distilleries, which was matured in a single hogshead for 31 years. It was…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5300) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$267.44

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

A 2001 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by the fine folks at Gordon & MacPhail. A fab Islay dram, matured in first fill bourbon barrels and bottled as part of Gordon…  More info

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$51.48

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10919) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

Independently bottles Islay single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by the chaps at the Bowmore distillery. Cask #10919, a refill hogshead, was filled in December 2001 and left to age the whisky for 12…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10919) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$86.08

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2270) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 55.90%
Bruichladdich

Independently bottled Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 22 years. From October 1991 to January 2014, it sat ageing in cask #2270 until it was bottled by Gleann Mór…  More info

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 2270) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$152.32

Lp5 - Elements of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 52.40%
Laphroaig

The fifth bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the "Lp" distillery, bottled by Speciality Drinks for their Elements of Islay range, which explores many Islay distilleries and presents the…  More info

Lp5 - Elements of Islay (Laphroaig)
$85.23

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2011 Release)

70cl, 64%
Caol Ila

One of the best Unpeated Caol Ila's so far (as of 2011), this is a stunning whisky, distilled in 1999 and aged in first fill ex bourbon American oak casks. Really very good indeed! A release of 6,000…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2011 Release)
2
$82.64

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

An 8 year old Bunnahabhain, an Islay single malt from the smart-looking, newly packaged MacPhail's Collection.  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
3
$36.86

The Rockpool 1995 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 57.20%
Bowmore

This is a Wemyss Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, matured in a single hogshead from 1995 to 2014. Excitingly, this one was bottled at cask strength - a robust…  More info

The Rockpool 1995 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
1
$135.30

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2011) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

The 1995 vintage of Lagavulin's delicious Distillers Edition. This stuff is finished in sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry casks, and it's bloomin' marvelous. Very smoky and very thick, sweet and…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2011) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
10
$101.68

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1990 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

75cl, 50%
Bowmore

A very special release from the Lady of the Glen independent bottling range of some very Sherried Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled back in November 1990, left to mature in a…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1990 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
2
$379.79

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10454) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 60.10%
Bowmore

18 year old single malt from Islay's Bowmore distillery, distilled back in March 1996. After spending 18 years in a single refill hogshead, Douglas Laing deemed this whisky good enough to join their…  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 10454) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$138.59

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10229) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

Hunter Laing?! What happened to that Douglas fellow who used to have his name on my Old Malt Cask bottles? Well, the Laing brothers have gone their separate ways, with Stewart retaining the popular…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10229) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$99.17

Bunnahabhain 4 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

Part of La Maison du Whisky's Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies, this is a 4 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky from the island of Islay.  More info

Bunnahabhain 4 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$40.15

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10355) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.10%
Port Ellen

A Directors' Cut bottling from Douglas Laing of Port Ellen single malt. Yes, that Port Ellen, the one on Islay that was closed in the '80s and has remained closed ever since. Their stocks of superbly…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10355) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$986.99

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Produced at the artisan farm distillery Kilchoman, Machir Bay 2013 is a delicious vatting of five year old bourbon-matured whisky, and four year old bourbon-matured and Oloroso-finished malt. The…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Release
12

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 8944) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Coopers Choice bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in the glorious year 1990. The single hogshead lovingly matured the whisky until it was cracked open in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 8944) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$86.28

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10260) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

Classic peaty Islay goodness here, matured in a single refil hogshead for 16 years before being bottled by Hunter Laing in December 2013. 322 bottles of this Laphroaig were produced at 50% abv.  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 10260) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$101.07

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on the island of Islay. This 6 year old whisky was distilled in 2008 and set aside to age in a refill Sherry butt until 2015, when…  More info

Caol Ila 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$54.00

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 59.60%
Caol Ila

Named after distillery manager Billy Stitchell who retires this year, this bottling honours his 39 years at Caol Ila, following in the footsteps of four previous generations of his family! The eighth…  More info

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)
4
$88.65

Cacao Geyser 1998 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, which has been given the bold, expressive title 'Cacao Geyser' by the bottler, Wemyss. It's a 1998 vintage from the distillery on Islay,…  More info

Cacao Geyser 1998 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$86.15

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 2421) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.30%
Bowmore

From the Bowmore distillery on Islay comes a single cask single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the wonderful chaps at Signatory. This Cask Strength Collection bottling features 17 year old whisky…  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 2421) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$102.18

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