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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 23 Year Old 1979 - Lost Bottlings Series (Master of Malt)

70cl, 49.70%
Bunnahabhain

A rich and beautifully dark Bunnahabhain which we presume was aged in a very good sherry cask. This stuff was distilled in 1979 and aged for 23 long years before bottling in October 2002. This superb…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1979 - Lost Bottlings Series (Master of Malt)
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Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest No.1 Vaults Gift Set

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A fantastic gift set from the Islay distillery, Bowmore. It includes a 70cl bottle of Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in American bourbon barrels and…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest No.1 Vaults Gift Set
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$103.14

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 4

70cl, 55.10%
Bowmore

Bowmore's 4th release of the 10 year old, bourbon matured Tempest. Decribed on the box as being "as fresh as the sea-air with wisps of peat smoke and sweet citrus", this matches this batch…  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 4
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$61.32

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10291) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.10%
Caol Ila

35 year old Caol Ila single malt, good gosh! Taken from hogshead cask #10291, which lovingly matured the whisky for 35 years, from February 1979 to March 2014. After this, it was bottled by Douglas…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10291) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$434.27

Lp4 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 54.80%
Laphroaig

A lovely Sherried single malt, bottled for the Elements of Islay range of independent bottlings from Speciality Drinks. This is the fourth release of whisky from the distillery simply known as "Lp".…  More info

Lp4 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)
$78.36

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 5369) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.80%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain around 20-21 years old seems good at the moment. Hard to miss to be honest.  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 5369) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$136.98

CI7 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 58.50%
Caol Ila

An Elements of Islay bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery which you might be able to identify from its "chemical symbol" - Cl. Figured it out yet? Yes, that's that one.…  More info

CI7 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
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$85.23

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

75cl, 46%
Ardbeg

An ace Ardbeg gift pack, containing a full bottle of the classic Ardbeg 10 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, as well as a 5cl miniature of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Both are excellent expressions from the…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack
$54.77

Bruichladdich - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.60%
Bruichladdich

This is the eagerly anticipated That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. On the graphic-novel-style label, we see a Laddie…  More info

Bruichladdich - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Charlotte 9 Year Old 2004 (cask 1032) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

9 year old Port Charlotte single malt, which is peated whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery. This is a single cask release from the Coopers Choice range, which was bottled with an outturn of 330…  More info

Port Charlotte 9 Year Old 2004 (cask 1032) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$80.07

Bowmore Bicentenary

75cl, 43%
Bowmore

It is said that the rare Bicentenary Bowmore is one of the most delicious Bowmores ever bottled. This is 75.7 proof, it's volume is stated as 26 2.3 fl oz. It was released to celebrate the…  More info

Bowmore Bicentenary
$2055.98

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

This was distilled at Lagavulin in 1987 and finished in Pedro Ximénez dessert sherry casks. Bottled in 2003, this stuff is fantastic. A glass of this goes astonishingly with a chocolate-based dessert.  More info

Lagavulin 1987 (bottled 2003) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$302.11

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 3350) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 54.30%
Laphroaig

Released as part of La Maison du Whisky's Artist series, this is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Laphroaig distillery. This smoky Islay whisky was matured for over 15 years in a Sherry hogshead…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 3350) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
$188.80

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 381 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 5 years in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2014 with an outturn of 381 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 381 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$51.88

Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10584) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bunnahabhain

An indie Islay single malt! This is a 17 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled in August 1997 and left to age in a refill hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 10584) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$89.81

Bunnahabhain - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 45.30%
Bunnahabhain

Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Bunnahabhain has landed, complete once again with a label that depicts various goings on at the distillery such as caber tossing and a rally car navigating…  More info

Bunnahabhain - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.30%
Caol Ila

A Rare Malts bottling of 21 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975. These Rare Malts bottlings are always a good shout for awesome whiskies, whether you're enjoying it or…  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts
$460.15

Ardbeg Kildalton 2014

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

Strictly 1 Per Customer! Ardbeg! Yum yum yum yum yum... The limited edition Ardbeg Kildalton 2014 is matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks and bottled at 46% ABV with no chill-filtration. Fun…  More info

Ardbeg Kildalton 2014
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$164.44

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 3

70cl, 55.60%
Bowmore

The third release of the stunningly good Bowmore Tempest, a cask-strength 10 year old from the Islay distillery. This particular expression offers up oodles of fruity flavour and complexity.  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 3
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$51.95

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.50%
Bowmore

Another fabulous release of single cask Scotch whisky from Hunter Laing, the company created when the two Laing brothers at Douglas Laing went their separate ways. This edition of their Old & Rare…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
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$396.88

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5788) - (Adelphi)

70cl, 47.20%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky from a refill ex-bourbon hogshead, distilled in 1989 and independently bottled by Adelphi in 2014 at 24 years old. 242 of these simple, classy bottles were…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5788) - (Adelphi)
$159.73

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 1003710) - The Maltman

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Sherried Bunnahabhain, bottled for the Maltman collection. This 10 year old Islay single malt was distilled in December 2002, matured in a single Sherry puncheon and bottled in April 2013. A…  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 1003710) - The Maltman
$64.48

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 185078) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled on 24th April 1990 at the Bowmore distillery on Islay, this whisky spent nearly 23 years in cask 185078 before bottling by Montgomerie's as part of their Rare Select range in March 2013.  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 185078) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$189.68

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 5756) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 44%
Bunnahabhain

A supremely well-aged Bunnahabhain from Berry Brothers & Rudd, distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2013.  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 5756) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$125.49

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 53.90%
Caol Ila

This is an independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1983 and bottled at over 30 years old in 2014. It comes to us as part of La Maison du Whisky's 4th edition of their…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5287) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)
$280.11

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