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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 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10428) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.70%
Caol Ila

Part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, which was introduced in 2014, this Caol Ila certainly fits the bill of being well-matured, sitting at a cool 30 years old. It was distilled in…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 10428) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
1
$295.91

Smokehead

70cl, 43%
Smokehead

Smokehead is a superb, cult single malt from Ian MacLeod. Just a massive, thick peat smoke rich dram. Plenty of great south Islay character.  More info

Smokehead
24
$36.12

Bunnahabhain 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 602) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.40%
Bunnahabhain

A Duncan Taylor Dimensions bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay. This single cask treat was distilled in February 2008 and set aside to age in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 602) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$41.52

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 4th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

The fourth release of Kilchoman's excellent, lightly-peated release, 100% Islay. They used barley grown on the island and completed every step of production at the distillery - a big undertaking, but…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 4th Edition
4
$70.34

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.40%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky - always exciting, these are. This one was distilled by the renowned Islay distillers in October 1993 and set aside to mature in a refill…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
1
$651.24

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

14 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. 563 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.22

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10272) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.90%
Bunnahabhain

Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range is reserved for some very special, well aged whiskies, and this 25 year old Bunnahabhain fits into those categories rather splendidly! The single hogshead was…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10272) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$231.47

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

50cl, 52.70%
Bruichladdich

Nice to see you, to see you... Anyway, the second batch of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived, and with it we revisit the pinnacle of TV…  More info

Bruichladdich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 60.30%
Lagavulin

From independent bottler Gleann Mór, comes a single cask 10 year old Lagavulin single malt, presented as part of their A Rare Find range. It was distilled in January 2005 and matured for a whole…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$104.72

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5421) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 41.70%
Bunnahabhain

Celebrate all the good deeds casks do for us with a Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask bottling of 23 year old Bunnahabhain! What do you mean "What good deeds do casks do?" They mature whisky like…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5421) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$144.15

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie bottling of 10 year old Caol Ila single malt. It was distilled on Islay in 2003 and matured until 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of 738 bottles. We have WM Cadenhead to thank for…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2003 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$84.77

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55.10%
Lagavulin

Yet another cracking 12 year old limited edition Lagavulin from Diageo's Special Releases, the twelfth of the series. Vatted from refill American Oak casks before being bottled at natural cask…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2013 Special Release)
8
$99.15

Octomore 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 5716) - Rivesaltes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.10%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling from the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company of 6 year old Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery. This heavily peated dram was distilled in March…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 5716) - Rivesaltes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
1
$203.92

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.60%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled single malt from one of the most famous closed Scottish distilleries - the Port Ellen distillery on the island of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982 and matured in a…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$972.37

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 5895) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Love Islay whisky, specifically the brilliant single malts from Bunnahabhain? Then get yourself over here and check out this little stunner. A 23 year old peated single malt Scotch whisky from that…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 5895) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$89.23

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 588) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.10%
Bruichladdich

Bourbon-cask-matured Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company. It was distilled back in July 2002 and filled into a single bourbon cask, in which it…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 588) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$68.56

Aniseed Pastille 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, matured in a single hogshead from 1996 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 344 bottles by Wemyss and given the tasty title Aniseed…  More info

Aniseed Pastille 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$100.41

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)
$58.41

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)
$90.05

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)
$54.77

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)
$60.39

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)
$241.92

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
$46.57

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)
$77.87

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)
$137.79

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