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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 10 Year Old 2003 (cask 1153) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 57.9%
Bunnahabhain

A second batch of 10 year Old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Sherry cask from 2003 to 2014, presented for La Maison du Whisky's Artist range. This was part of their Artist #4…  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2003 (cask 1153) - Artist #4 (La Maison du Whisky)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10448) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single cask for 16 years! This lovely little Islay whisky was distilled in June 1998 and left to age until September 2014, when…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10448) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2014) "Young & Feisty" (casks 10423 & 10447) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

"Young & feisty" single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This Islay whisky was distilled in the autumn of 2008 and matured in two refill…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2014)

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2013) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

Part of Diageo's Distillers Edition range comes a 2001 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from Caol Ila, which has been matured in American oak and finished in Moscatel wine casks. A limited edition…  More info

Caol Ila 2001 (bottled 2013) Moscatel Cask Finish  - Distillers Edition
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$65.17

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800088) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 57.8%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single cask (which had the rather catchy cask number of #800088) at 7 years old by Berry Bros. & Rudd. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800088) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$55.26

Laphroaig 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11511) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill butt for 12 years. It was distilled June 2002 and set aside to age until April 2015, when Hunter Laing came along…  More info

Laphroaig 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11511) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Do you happen to like exciting things? Well, here's a treat for you then - an independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky. The Islay distillery sadly closed in the 1980s, but…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$736.73

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 182) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.6%
Bruichladdich

A Cask Strength Collection bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay, left to mature in a refill butt for 24 years. It was distilled in September…  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 182) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 Sherry Cask - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 62.3%
Bruichladdich

You know how you love Bruichladdich single malt, yeah? We agree with you. It's excellent. That's why we've gone ahead and bottled a stunning 12 year old Bruichladdich which has been matured in a…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 Sherry Cask - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 406258) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.6%
Caol Ila

Only 62 bottles of this well-Sherried 31 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky were produced as part of Duncan Taylor's Single range. The single cask which held the whisky was filled in May…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 406258) - The Duncan Taylor Single
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Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1996 (cask 11407) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

A cracking single cask bottling of 18 Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Islay single malt was distilled in September 1996 and…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1996 (cask 11407) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Ardbeg Auriverdes

70cl, 49.9%
Ardbeg

A special edition single malt launched on Ardbeg Day 2014 - a day celebrated both at the Islay festival, Fèis Ìle and around the world. Auri(Gold)verdes(Green) is a name used to refer to Brazil's…  More info

Ardbeg Auriverdes
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$131.69

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 347613) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53%
Ardbeg

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of Islay's most respected and loved distilleries - Ardbeg. This Duncan Taylor Single bottling contains whisky distilled in May 1994 and…  More info

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 347613) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2801) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.6%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old Bunnahabhain, presented as part of Signatory's excellent Cask Strength Collection. This Islay single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in October 1988 and matured in a single refill…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1988 (cask 2801) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling

70cl, 57.9%
Port Ellen

24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which sadly has been closed since 1983. This Islay whisky was distilled in March 1978, matured in a single Sherry butt…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 8943) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 23 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask from 1990 to 2014. It comes to us presented by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range, with an outturn…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 8943) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$74.63

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16737) - Sauterne Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.8%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of notably intensely peaty Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. This one has was distilled in December 2007, matured in a Sauternes…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16737) - Sauterne Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$194.99

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery on the Island of Islay. It was distilled in June 1982 and bottled in March 2014 for the Mackillop's Choice…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%
Port Ellen

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1,050.83

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.7%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an independent bottling of Ardbeg! Don't see many of these, do you? This one comes to us via Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, and was matured in a single cask from April 2003 to June 2015. It was…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Lagavulin 21 Year Old

70cl, 56.5%
Lagavulin

A cask strength 21 year old release from Lagavulin, just 6,642 bottles were released, distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2007.  More info

Lagavulin 21 Year Old

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16746) - Sauternes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64%
Bruichladdich

Well, this is rather exciting - Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, independently bottled by the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company. This heavily peated, Sauternes…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16746) - Sauternes Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$194.99

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800151) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.3%
Bowmore

A gorgeous independent bottling of single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the isle of Islay, presented at cask strength. It was distilled back in June 1998 and set aside to age in a single…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 800151) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila "Young & Feisty" (casks 10178+10179) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This is a youthful, small-batch bottling of Caol Ila from the Provenance range, bottled in Winter 2012 without an age statement. It was described by the bottlers as "Young and Feisty".  More info

Caol Ila

Laphroaig 18 Year Old - Jubilee Edition

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

A limited edition Laphroaig 18 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Part of a release of just 3000 bottles, the award-winning 18 year old is a stunning whisky. The distillery is donating £3000…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old - Jubilee Edition
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