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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 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9819) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.30%
Bunnahabhain

Distilled at the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, this 21 year old whisky has earned its place in Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The whiskies in the Old Malt Cask range are only bottled…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 9819) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$117.93

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2012) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

This is a delicious and very special whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, released as part of Diageo's Distillers Edition range. This was distilled in 2000 and was initially matured in American oak…  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (bottled 2012) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$70.31

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 9906) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.20%
Bowmore

This incredible Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in December 1987 and aged for 25 years before being bottled up by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range of single cask…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 9906) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$327.17

Bowmore 1974

75cl, 40%
Bowmore

This collectable Bowmore was distilled in 1974 and may have been bottled in the 1980's. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and its peaty, coastal style is still hugely popular today.  More info

Bowmore 1974
$778.65

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 361) - Solstice (Basildon Malt Whisky Circle)

70cl, 63.30%
Bruichladdich

A single cask bottling of Port Charlotte whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, bottled for the Basildon Malt Whisky Circle. This peated expression from Islay was distilled in June 2002 and…  More info

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 361) - Solstice (Basildon Malt Whisky Circle)
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$167.34

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1427+1428) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A 13 year old whisky from Islay's oldest distillery, Bowmore. It has been bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, so get ready for an awesome independently bottled single malt!…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1427+1428) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$49.96

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Port Ellen

Douglas Laing properly go for it with their Old and Rare Platinum range, picking only the most ridiculously desirable whiskies to join the impressive selection. Speaking of ridiculously desirable,…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$778.65

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 419) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.80%
Bunnahabhain

An 11 year old Bunnah from top independent bottlers Signatory. Matured in a single Sherry butt with an outrun of 665 bottled. Nice.  More info

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 2002 (cask 419) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$70.50

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I

70cl, 56.90%
Bowmore

If the chaps at Bowmore are to be believed, the Devil himself once visited the Islay town and hid in a church. But, because the Devil is silly, he hid in a round church which had "no corner for the…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I
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Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12559+12570) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

No whisky was chillfiltered in the making of this 17 year old Caol Ila single malt. After being distilled in 1996 and maturing in casks 12559 and 12570, it was bottled by Signatory in 2013 with an…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 12559+12570) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$71.92

Bruichladdich Octomore 03.1 75cl

75cl, 59%
Bruichladdich

Octomore is Bruichladdich's limited edition range of ever popular super peated whiskies; some of the most peated whiskies on the entire planet! Octomore 03.1 is aged for 5 years and made with malt…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 03.1 75cl
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$459.29

Autumn Warmer 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask Islay whisky from a secret distillery (let's just say its name rhymes with Moona-HAR-ven), this, as the name suggests, is a warming, spicy malt with loads of fruity flavour. Distilled…  More info

Autumn Warmer 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$86.43

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 4th Edition

70cl, 49.30%
Bruichladdich

This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's very popular DNA whisky. It's made using some of the very best stock from the distillery, distilled in 1985 and aged for 27 years before bottling.…  More info

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 4th Edition
$317.14

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10123) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

When Stewart Laing started Hunter Laing after splitting the assets of Douglas Laing with his brother, he continued to produce independent bottlings of fantastic whisky for the Old Malt Cask…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (cask 10123) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$96.44

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1979 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.90%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain was distilled in 1979 and aged for 33 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their fabulous Octave range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1979 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$348.78

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800095) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 58.20%
Bunnahabhain

When tasting a whisky that comes from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, you're expecting to taste at least some peat goodness. However, you might not be prepared for the peaty wallop you'll get…  More info

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800095) - (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$66.26

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 9932) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

A single cask independent bottling of Laphroaig single malt whisky, because there can never be too much Islay whisky. This release from cask 9932 was matured for 15 years before Hunter Laing bottled…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 9932) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$95.68

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2688) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 48.60%
Bruichladdich

Carn Mor have bottled this 22 year old, 1990 vintage Bruichladdich for their Celebration of the Cask series. Bruichladdich was mothballed during the 1990s and this whisky was distilled before this…  More info

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2688) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$101.73

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9808) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

Bottled by Douglas Hunter Laing, this Bowmore single cask whisky was matured for 15 years old. Part of the Old Malt Cask range, only 239 bottles were produced from cask 9808.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9808) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$85.70

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

These mid-1990s Connoisseur's Choice bottlings of mid-70s Ardbegs have become legendary, and this is a truly stunning example we don't expect to hang around very long...  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$611.63

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled at the oldest Islay distillery, Bowmore, this un-chillfiltered 13 year old was bottled by Signatory. Casks 1432 & 1433 produced some rather fantastic single malt Scotch whisky. 809 bottles…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$51.89

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Do you have problems with chill filtration? Well you're in luck, as Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection doesn't allow it! The range now includes a 16 year old Caol Ila from casks 5572 & 5573.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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$67.32

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 19) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at the Bunnahabhain distillery in 1990 before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (number 19). It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012, and it comes without…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 19) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$110.45

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This is a 23 year old Bunnahbhain which was distilled on the 20th October 1989. Single cask Bunnahabhains seem to have a habit of being quite different from one another. This particular cask is like…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 - Triple Matured

70cl, 56.50%
Caol Ila

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER Caol Ila’s limited edition Fèis Ìle festival bottling is a triple matured release of 3,000 bottles. But pray tell, what does ‘Triple Matured’ mean in this case? Well…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 - Triple Matured
$241.70

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