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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.

Bruichladdich 32 Year Old 1977 - DNA (2nd Edition)

70cl, 47.40%
Bruichladdich

The second edition of Bruichladdich's DNA series was this 32 year old single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1977 and left to mature in American oak bourbon casks. What a sight!  More info

Bruichladdich 32 Year Old 1977 - DNA (2nd Edition)
$347.57

Bunnahabhain 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10433) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bunnahabhain

16 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, bottled by the fabulous folk at Douglas Laing. It was distilled in April 1998 and aged in a single refill hogshead for 16 long…  More info

Bunnahabhain 16 Year Old 1998 (cask 10433) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$85.18

The Bosun's Dram 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Bosun (also known as a Boatswain) is a senior member of a ship's deck department. To use a simile us landlubbers might understand, they're a bit like managers or supervisors in shops - high up for…  More info

The Bosun's Dram 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$83.52

Bruichladdich 17 Year Old 1992

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A 17 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1992 and matured in a Brunello wine cask. It was produced in honour of the centenary of T. B. Watson LTD., which…  More info

Bruichladdich 17 Year Old 1992
$171.38

Ardbeg Blasda

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

Blasda represents a rare chance to sample a lightly-peated dram from the powerhouse Ardbeg distillery. The malt is peated at 8ppm as opposed to the standard 24ppm.  More info

Ardbeg Blasda
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Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405033) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52.90%
Caol Ila

30 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled for the Duncan Taylor Single collection. This Sherried Islay dram has matured from May 1983 to February 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of just 66…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405033) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$433.82

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3353) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.60%
Laphroaig

Single cask, single malt Scotch whisky from the Laphroaig distillery on Islay, bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. This Islay whisky was matured in a refill Sherry hogshead from…  More info

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1997 (cask 3353) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$137.72

Oysters with Lemon Pearls 1991 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead cask from 1991 to 2014. As with all wonderful Wemyss bottlings, it's got a yummy descriptive name, and this one goes by…  More info

Oysters with Lemon Pearls 1991 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$107.69

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3987) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.70%
Bruichladdich

21 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This is a single cask release from the Dimensions range, made to show off the…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3987) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$105.76

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5685) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47%
Bunnahabhain

This single cask Bunnahabhain was distilled in October 1989 and left to mature for 24 years, all the way until April 2014, when the cask was cracked open and the whisky was bottled up by Duncan…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old  1989 (cask 5685) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$126.30

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10809) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

An indie bottling of Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the Laphroaig distillery, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was drawn from a single refill hogshead cask (#10809), which was filled in July 2000…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10809) -  Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$87.59

Smoke On The Water 1982 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This delightfully smoky Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky was bottled by the top chaps at Wemyss. It was distilled in 1982 and left to mature in a single hogshead until 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Smoke On The Water 1982 - Wemyss Malts (Caol Ila)
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$131.42

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

Port Ellen alert! Port Ellen alert! That's right, we've got a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt from the closed distillery on Islay, distilled in 1979, matured in refill Sherry butts and…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)
$694.42

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9843) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.40%
Laphroaig

314 bottles were produced from the single refill hogshead cask that this Laphroaig whisky happily matured inside for 15 years. Part of Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range, this wonderful Islay…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9843) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$141.13

Kilchoman 2011 Port Cask Matured (bottled 2014)

70cl, 55%
Kilchoman

A first for Islay's farm distillery, Kilchoman - single malt Scotch whisky matured in port casks. It was distilled in 2011 and left to matured in ex-ruby port casks until the whisky was bottled in…  More info

Kilchoman 2011 Port Cask Matured (bottled 2014)
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$77.10

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2003 (cask 9574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Independently bottled Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the beloved Bowmore distillery. It was put into the single refill hogshead in Winter 2003 and emerged from the cask in Spring 2013, like a…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2003 (cask 9574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$65.63

The John Milroy 19 Year Old Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 54.60%
Bruichladdich

This Bruichladdich is part of the John Milroy Selection bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd. John Milroy led the Scotch Single Malt movement in London from the early 60’s with his brother Wallace.  More info

The John Milroy 19 Year Old Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$105.39

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10228) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

15 year old Bowmore single malt, what a treat! This Islay whisky was distilled in January 1998 and left to mature in a single refill hogshead. Many years later, in December 2013, the chaps at Hunter…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10228) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.89

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5753) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 45.30%
Bunnahabhain

24 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled by A. D. Rattray in Kirkoswald. This delicious dram was distilled in October 1989, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5753) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$94.57

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 2535) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 47.10%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain looks to be a properly Sherried beast! It was distilled on Islay in October 1995 and matured in a Sherry hogshead for 18 years, until it was bottled in August 2014 with a tiny…  More info

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 2535) - Celebration of the Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$203.06

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386831) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 45.70%
Bunnahabhain

Goodness gracious, look at this 34 year old Bunnahabhain! Obviously it spent all those years in Sherry oak, so expect a flavour profile brimming with Sherried goodness. The Islay distillery put the…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386831) - The Duncan Taylor Single
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$424.89

Kilchoman 2008 Single Cask Release (cask 455/2008)

70cl, 60.50%
Kilchoman

An exciting single cask release of Islay Scotch whisky from Anthony Wills' farm distillery, Kilchoman. They grow a portion of the barley used in their whiskies themselves and are one of the small…  More info

Kilchoman 2008 Single Cask Release (cask 455/2008)
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$92.54

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10351) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.30%
Laphroaig

A lovely, sooty Laphroaig single malt, bottled by the fine folks at Douglas Laing as part of their Directors' Cut selection. The renowned Islay distillery filled the refill hogshead (#10351) in March…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10351) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$385.25

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

You know that a distillery is getting popular when they release a gift pack, and we're happy beyond belief that Kilchoman have got to that point so quickly. This set comes with a bottle of their…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 Release Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$49.05

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

The 2014 release of Kilchoman's Loch Gorm single malt, which has been fully matured in Oloroso Sherry butts from 2009 to 2014. The previous Loch Gorm release won the Islay distillery a Gold Medal in…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 Release
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$58.86

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