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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.

Peat Smoked Herring 2001 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore, you say? Oh, go on then! It was distilled in 2001 and left to mature in a hogshead until it was bottled by Wemyss in 2013. As with their other independent bottlings, it has been…  More info

Peat Smoked Herring 2001 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$84.53

Laphroaig 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 9969) - Director's Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.80%
Laphroaig

Douglas Laing make sure their Director's Cut releases have all the bells and whistles you'd expect; cask strength, un-chill filtered, pretty presentation box. They're obviously very proud, and who…  More info

Laphroaig 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 9969) - Director's Cut (Douglas Laing)
5
$267.54

Kilchoman - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 55.50%
Kilchoman

Batch 1 of single malt Scotch whisky from the new kid on the Islay block, Kilchoman, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. But what’s this? It seems that the new kid is schooling us on barley…  More info

Kilchoman - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore Hand Filled 1995 (cask 1572) (bottled 2014)

70cl, 49.70%
Bowmore

Bottled by our own fair hands during Fèis Ìle 2014 (the Islay whisky festival), the whisky in question was distilled in 1995 and matured for nearly 19 years in a single Oloroso butt. No filtration…  More info

Bowmore Hand Filled 1995 (cask 1572) (bottled 2014)
$212.20

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5301) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.90%
Caol Ila

That there Caol Ila distillery were the clever minds behind this 30 year old single malt Scotch whisky, while Signatory were the careful hands who popped the whisky into the bottles, at cask…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 5301) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$247.61

Laphroaig Vintage 1976

75cl, 43%
Laphroaig

The summer of 1976 was said to be fantastic, not just for sandcastle builders and ice-cream sellers, but distillers were also very happy as that year produced some very fine barley to make some…  More info

Laphroaig Vintage 1976
2
$1400.12

Lagavulin 16 Year Old 1l

100cl, 43%
Lagavulin

A litre bottle of Lagavulin's classic 16 year old. A must have Islay malt, with oodles of complexity. The definition of smoky whisky…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old 1l
2

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3351) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.60%
Laphroaig

Well, hello there, cask strength Laphroaig! This peaty treat was distillery at the distillery on Islay in April 1997 and matured in a single refill Sherry butt for 16 years, all the way until…  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 3351) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$157.04

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1992 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This is nineteen year old Bruichladdich bottled by Coopers Choice. This whisky was distilled before the distillery was closed and then successfully reopened in 2001.  More info

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1992 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$83.07

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 2997) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Known for their recent explosion of weird and wonderful releases, Bruichladdich are also good at just producing simple, spectacular single malt Scotch whisky, like this Berry Bros. & Rudd single cask…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 2997) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$135.11

Kilchoman 6 Year Old 2007

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Distilled in 2007, this whisky enjoyed a maturation in fresh bourbon barrels for 6 years and was subsequently bottled in 2013. We expect this wonderful whisky to be just as well received as the 2006…  More info

Kilchoman 6 Year Old 2007
3
$65.03

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10065) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.60%
Ardbeg

Good gosh, would you look at this! A 21 year old Ardbeg, bottled by Douglas Laing! What an amazing addition to the Old Particular range. The whisky was produced at the Islay distillery in October…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10065) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
5
$570.73

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 10294) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

An autumnal single cask Laphroaig, part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This classic Islay single malt was distilled in the Autumn of 2005 and bottled at 8 years old in the Spring of 2014.  More info

Laphroaig 8 Year Old 2005 (cask 10294) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$77.14

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 58.20%
Caol Ila

Well aged Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, you say? Now you're talking my language! That's right, this WM Cadenhead bottling of Caol Ila single malt is 33 years old.  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
1
$197.76

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10126) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.10%
Bruichladdich

25 year old Bruichladdich single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular selection. 227 of these wonderful bottles full of Islay whisky were made, so grab one before they're all gone.  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 10126) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$228.97

Ardbeg 1974 Provenance (with Presentation Box)

70cl, 55.60%
Ardbeg

Distilled in 1974 and bottled in November 1997, just after the Ardbeg distillery was bought by Glenmorangie, the Ardbeg Provenance is a legendary bottling of 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 Provenance (with Presentation Box)
$2652.52

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 (cask 10159) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 58.80%
Caol Ila

A 33 year old (!) Caol Ila matured in a single hogshead and then bottled by those lovely folk over at Douglas Laing in December 2013. Just 136 bottles of this wonderful Islay whisky were produced.  More info

Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 (cask 10159) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
1
$359.35

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 1365) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Signatory bottling of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2001, left to mature in a refill butt and bottled in March 2014. It was released as part of the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 1365) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$60.98

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 700384) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

Single cask Laphroaig, eh? As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent". This Islay single malt was distilled in September 1998, left to mature for 15 years in a refill Sherry butt and bottled in February…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 700384) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$85.88

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 59.60%
Kilchoman

In March 2008 we were sitting down, having a nice sandwich, when suddenly our Spidey-Whisky-Senses tingled! They were alerting us that an awesome first fill bourbon barrel of Kilchoman single malt…  More info

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2008 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.50%
Port Ellen

Ah, looky! I'd better go and open this window here so I can shout out of it that we have a new sooty, leathery Port Ellen from Douglas Laing in stock. They'll probably all be gone by the time I turn…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$953.71

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (Cask 3678) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.40%
Bruichladdich

20 year old Bruichladdich? Yes please! A Duncan Taylor release of fabulous Islay single malt Scotch whisky, from their Dimensions range. A limited release of 300 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (Cask 3678) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$138.71

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 1998 (cask 5565-5566) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Islay whisky from the legendary Laphroaig distillery. It was distilled in May 1998 and matured in two casks for 14 years until January 2013, when it was bottled by Signatory…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 1998 (cask 5565-5566) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$85.88

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 8518) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.70%
Laphroaig

Single cask, independently bottled Islay whisky from the very popular Laphroaig distillery, yippee! This cask strength Signatory release was distilled in November 1996 and bottled in October 2013…  More info

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 8518) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$124.16

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 51.60%
Bruichladdich

Here's a great chance to get your hands on a 20 year old Bruichladdich single malt! This Islay expression matured from 1993 to 2013, when it was bottled by WM Cadenhead with an outturn of 738 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1993 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$81.99

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