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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.

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46.0%
Bowmore

A Chieftain's bottling of 14 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in April 2002 and allowed to mature in hogshead casks until August…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$76.93

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 58.5%
Bruichladdich

A Travel Retail bottling of Bruichladdich intensely-peated Octomore single malt Scotch whisky, which weighs in at a powerful 208 PPM. For the 07.2 release, this 5 year old whisky combines spirits…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
8
$151.36

Port Charlotte 2008 - Islay Barley

70cl, 50.0%
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
4
$59.30

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46.0%
Caol Ila

Another bottling of 2003 vintage delicious Coal Ila single malt Scotch whisky from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$46.66

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 57.0%
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
$110.10

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie

70cl, 50.0%
Bruichladdich

Created by Jim McEwan from whisky matured in American oak casks alongside Lochindaal, and chosen to represent the classic, unpeated distillery style. Bruichladdich's new signature bottling is made…  More info

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie
20
$42.13

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)
$97.34

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.4 7 Year Old Virgin Oak

70cl, 61.2%
Bruichladdich

An early 2016 release of Bruichladdich's extremely peaty Octomore series. Octomore 07.4 has endured quite an interesting maturation - 25% of it was aged entirely in virgin oak casks, while 75% of it…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.4 7 Year Old Virgin Oak
4
$156.82

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 808 & 811) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46.5%
Ardbeg

An indie bottling of Ardbeg - these are always exciting indeed! This one comes from Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range, and was aged in a pair of barrels for 20 years, from March 1996 to June 2016. 601…  More info

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 808 & 811) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$307.62

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

70cl, 43.0%
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
29
$58.77

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail

70cl, 58.7%
Bruichladdich

A 12 year old peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery, Oileanach furachail translates as something like 'attentive islander'. This is a reference to Adam Hannett's apprenticeship under Jim McEwan…  More info

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail
1
$117.80

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 6th Edition

70cl, 50.0%
Kilchoman

An extraordinary Islay single malt that in this day and age is uniquely made using barley that's grown, harvested, malted, distilled and matured all at a single farm distillery! Lightly peated in…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 6th Edition
$76.59

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008

70cl, 50.0%
Bruichladdich

A travel retail Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, made with Bere barley, which has a much lower yield than other varieties. For the 2008 vintage Bere Barley Bruichladdich (a phrase which…  More info

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008
1
$63.56

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 365) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46.0%
Laphroaig

One of a trio of 14 year old single cask Laphroaig bottlings from Murray McDavid's Benchmark range - this one was matured in bourbon barrel number #365 from 2001 to October 2015. A release of 170…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 365) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$124.32

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009

70cl, 50.0%
Bruichladdich

It's the 2009 vintage of Bruichladdich's popular Islay Barley single malt Scotch whisky! We love that Bruichladdich specify which farms the barley came from for these releases - this time, the barley…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009
$48.62

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.7%
Bruichladdich

Indie Brucihladdich - a 25 year old indie Bruichladdich, no less! This was distilled in October 1990 and matured in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century until June 2016, when it was bottled by…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$351.63

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr

70cl, 48.0%
Laphroaig

An Cuan Mòr is one of the selection of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Travel Retail market. For the An Cuan Mòr, which means 'Big Ocean' in Gaelic, the whisky is initially…  More info

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr
3
$91.75

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2014 Release)

70cl, 45.1%
Laphroaig

An exceptional 2014 release from Laphroaig, this superb Islay single malt has been matured for 25 years in a combination of first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks and ex-American bourbon barrels, then…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2014 Release)
1
$447.95

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.1%
Bruichladdich

Distilled in April 1989 at Bruichladdich, this 26 year old independent release from a single refill hogshead filled 225 bottles in September 2015. A well aged Islay malt from Douglas Laing's Extra…  More info

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$181.20

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.1%
Caol Ila

Very well-aged Caol Ila - whisky enthusiast's ears perk up at just the mere uttering of the phrase! This is a 35 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1980 matured in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$513.31

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)
1
$322.25

Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40.0%
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
66
$37.72

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack

60cl, 50.0%
Bruichladdich

A Gift Pack of three 20cl bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay. Excellent for those looking to explore the reange of whiskies from this top…  More info

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack
$51.86

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

70cl, 48.0%
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
126
$44.21

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46.0%
Kilchoman

A gorgeous gift pack of single malt Scotch whisky from the Islay farm distillery Kilchoman, presented with two branded glasses. The whisky is the 2014 release Machir Bay, which is a vatting of 5 and…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
2
$53.90

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