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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.

Laphroaig Lore

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

Created by Distillery Manager John Campbell, Laphroaig Lore is said to be the richest ever Laphroaig! Named after the skills passed down over the generations, this permanent addition to the range is…  More info

Laphroaig Lore
10
$83.79

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
Bunnahabhain

In what will be seen as a positive move to whisky connoisseurs, Bunnahabhain have decided to bottle the 25 year old without chill-filtration and without colouring. Presented in smoked oak glass…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old
16
$351.99

Kilchoman Sanaig

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A handsome release from Islay's newest distillery, Kilchoman Sanaig is an enjoyably peaty single malt which has been vatted from both bourbon and Sherry casks. It's named after a small, rocky creek…  More info

Kilchoman Sanaig
5
$55.39

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
$117.51

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
$47.06

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
21
$26.66

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)
4
$34.69

Laphroaig 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Laphroaig

Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old
263
$43.11

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley - Heavily Peated

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Master distiller Jim McEwan specially chose the casks that create the Port Charlotte Scottish Barley, which highlight the elegance within this heavily peated single malt. Made with 100% Scottish…  More info

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley - Heavily Peated
30
$48.88

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
$46.31

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
$59.24

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
$95.52

Laphroaig Triple Wood

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

An incredible new release from Laphroaig. This was originally launched for the duty free market, and it is a tour de force from the Islay distillery. First off, they mature this in bourbon barrels,…  More info

Laphroaig Triple Wood
33
$56.03

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie

70cl, 50%
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
25
$41.63

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

75cl, 46.5%
Ardbeg

Give the gift of delicious Ardbeg! This set contains a 70cl bottle of the wonderful Ardbeg 10 Year Old as well as a 5cl miniature of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Comes in a very cool box too. Result.  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack
$48.56

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A peaty 10 year old single malt from Bruichladdich, released under their Port Charlotte name. This was unveiled in late 2016, with 18,000 bottles released.  More info

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition
1
$60.88

Port Charlotte 14 Year Old 2002 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 60.9%
Bruichladdich

14 year old peated single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, bottled under the Port Charlotte name. This was distilled in 2002, matured in a single bourbon barrel and bottled…  More info

Port Charlotte 14 Year Old 2002 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$130.33

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1994 - Black Art 5

70cl, 48.4%
Bruichladdich

The fifth release in Bruichladdich's Black Art series, and their first with Adam Hannett at the helm following Jim McEwan's retirement. As ever, don't expect to find out the Black Art recipe from the…  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1994 - Black Art 5
$285.44

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
12
$149.57

Kilchoman 6 Year Old 2010 Original Cask Strength

70cl, 56.9%
Kilchoman

This is the second edition of Kilchoman's Original Cask Strength expression. The first one was drawn from ex-bourbon barrels, while this second edition was aged for over 6 years in quarter casks and…  More info

Kilchoman 6 Year Old 2010 Original Cask Strength
2
$82.98

Octomore 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition

70cl, 57.3%
Bruichladdich

A limited edition second release of 10 year old Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery. The name of the game here is peat - all of the Octomore whiskies are super…  More info

Octomore 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition
$174.43

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)
$45.35

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
1
$95.06

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
5
$154.97

Octomore 07.3 5 Year Old

70cl, 63%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich distillery's range of insanely peated single malts continues with this 63% abv 07.3 release, made with 169 phenolic parts per million. That's an awful lot, more than any normal 'heavily…  More info

Octomore 07.3 5 Year Old
2
$153.78

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