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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.

Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.1%
Bruichladdich

This is the first Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky which we've bottled as part of our Single Cask Series! It was distilled in April 2009, allowed to age in a first fill bourbon hogshead for 6…  More info

Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$93.21

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
$31.35

Islay Storm

70cl, 40%
C.S. James and Sons Ltd.

An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.  More info

Islay Storm
20
$25.85

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay. This single malt has enjoyed maturation in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
31
$56.31

The Ileach Cask Strength

70cl, 58%
Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

A great Islay single malt from an unnamed distillery. The Ileach always scores well with the critics, this cask strength edition was awarded a mindblowingly high 97 points by Jim Murray in his Whisky…  More info

The Ileach Cask Strength
12
$44.90

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release

70cl, 51.5%
Bowmore

The first release in Bowmore's Vault Edition series, launched in 2016. This series will explore four of the characteristics found in Bowmore's whiskies after maturing in their No.1 Vaults maturation…  More info

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release
$98.38

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.4%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore, presented as part of Murray McDavid's illustrious Mission Gold indie bottling series! It was distilled in 1989, initially matured in a bourbon barrel and finished in a Chateau…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$355.38

Caol Ila Moch

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.  More info

Caol Ila Moch
9
$43.12

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 1159) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Laphroaig

Ooh, an indie bottling of Laphroaig! These are always a treat! This one was distilled on the Isle of Islay in November 1998 and allowed to age in a refill hogshead for 18 years. In November 2016, the…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 1159) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$128.97

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1994 (casks 776 & 777) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 56.2%
Bruichladdich

A Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength bottling of 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt, aged in a pair of refill Sherry butts. This was distilled on Islay in October 1994 and left to mature until May…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1994 (casks 776 & 777) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$114.67

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.4%
Bruichladdich

And along the conveyor belt comes... The fourth batch of Bruichladdich single malt bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, which is a 23 year old whisky! As with the previous batches, the Laddie…  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$113.93

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 55.9%
Caol Ila

Another year and another delicious unpeated Caol Ila at the affordable end of Diageo's Special Releases In fact, this is now the tenth release in the series. At 17 years old, it's the oldest yet too,…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)
4
$93.21

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

70cl, 53.5%
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
$225.71

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range here - it's a 2004 vintage single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled in 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.93

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Laphroaig

A litre bottling of Laphroaig's QA Cask single malt Scotch whisky, which is initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before ensuring a finishing period in charred American white oak casks. With this…  More info

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l
8
$59.02

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.6%
Bunnahabhain

We've independently bottled an absolutely cracking 33 year old Bunnahabhain single malt! It was distilled on the Isle of Islay all the way back in August 1982 and left to mature in a refill Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
3
$308.75

Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

The heart of the Bowmore range, the 12 year old exhibits some beautiful coastal notes with a gentle peat, it is the balance that the floral element presents that makes this a great entry bottling for…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old
68
$36.14

Port Charlotte 2008 - Islay Barley

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

This single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, released under the Port Charlotte name, as they do for all of their peated releases (minus the super-peated Octomore bottlings), is a…  More info

Port Charlotte 2008 - Islay Barley
5
$56.82

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01

70cl, 57.8%
Bruichladdich

Originally released for the Travel Retail Market in the first half of 2016, Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 is a peated expression from the Bruichladdich distillery which has been fully matured in French…  More info

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01
1
$92.62

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 57%
Bruichladdich

The sixth edition of experimental Octomore, famous for being made with the most heavily peated barley on the planet. Bruichladdich are still able to impart a delicate, graceful emphasis within this…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
14
$105.49

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

Released in 2004, this bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long…  More info

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
132
$40.24

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58.3%
Port Ellen

Sherry matured single cask Port Ellen! Hunter Laing have bottled this extremely exciting 33 year old malt from this famous closed Islay distillery. Bottled from the Sherry butt in October 2015, just…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$1,957.34

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 61.5%
Caol Ila

Another year and another excellent unpeated Caol Ila for the Special Releases. This is the first of these unusual Islay malts to have been distilled this millennium, being filled into refill American…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)
$93.26

Smokehead - The Rock Edition

70cl, 43%
Smokehead

A very special, dramatic-looking edition of Smokehead single malt featuring a debossed "Smokehead Skull". Hugely peaty and very well-packaged!  More info

Smokehead - The Rock Edition
11
$35.05

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A gift pack from the Kilchoman distillery on the west coast of Islay! This pack includes a 70cl bottle of their Machir Bay single malt (which is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$51.64

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