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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.

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6507) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.10%
Caol Ila

A wonderful single cask release of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1982, from the Mackillop's Choice range. 292 bottles of this delicious Islay whisky were produced from cask 6507 at…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6507) - Mackillop's Choice
$209.37

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 40.10%
Ardbeg

This gorgeous Ardbeg may not have taken on quite the same hue as some of its Darkness! siblings, but it has still spent 3 months in a tiny, specially rebuilt 50 litre first-fill Sherry cask (a fresh…  More info

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
1

Bunnahabhain 1997 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

This is a fourteen year old Bunnahabhain from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth…  More info

Bunnahabhain 1997 14 Year Old - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$96.26

Wemyss The Malt Barn 1997 (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain, bottled by Wemyss Malts, is pale and golden in colour, and as the name suggests, it's a malty and full bodied dram. Bottled at 46% abv.  More info

Wemyss The Malt Barn 1997 (Bunnahabhain)
1
$72.33

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

WM Cadenhead know their stuff when it comes to brilliant independent bottlings, so we're sure the Islay whisky fans out there will be excited about this 13 year old Bowmore single malt, distilled in…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
1
$53.18

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Caol Ila

An Islay favourite, Caol Ila make a glorious peated single malt. if you're looking for proof, look no further than this independent bottling of 13 year old Caol Ila, taken from a refill hogshead.…  More info

Caol Ila 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 10340) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$73.20

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Single cask 5 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled on Islay in 2008 and bottled without colouring or chill-filtering for the Hepburn's Choice range in 2014 with an outturn of 414…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
1
$46.83

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10432) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

Sherry butt-matured Laphroaig, bottled as part of Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. From April 2000 to April 2014, this single malt aged in Sherry butt #10432. Afterwards, the whisky was placed…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2000 (cask 10432) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.68

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.20%
Ardbeg

I don't want to alarm anyone, but Hunter Laing have bottled a cask of 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky for the 15th anniversary of their Old Malt Cask range. There were just 136 bottles…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)
2
$491.70

Bruichladdich 1991 (casks 2778+2779) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 54.90%
Bruichladdich

Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this release of Bruichladdich was distilled at the Islay distillery in October 1991 and matured until September 2012. A spiffing single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at…  More info

Bruichladdich 1991 (casks 2778+2779) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$105.67

Bunnahabhain Dràm An Stiùreadair - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 56.70%
Bunnahabhain

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER Dràm an Stiùreadair is pronounced 'Draam an Yoù-radar' or 'Dram on your radar' (close enough, probably). It's a heavily peated Bunnahabhain released especially for Fèis…  More info

Bunnahabhain Dràm An Stiùreadair - Feis Ile 2014
$171.38

Cl4 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)

50cl, 58.70%
Caol Ila

Speciality Drinks bottle Islay whiskies as part of their Elements of Islay Range. The iconography is like that of the periodic table and the whiskies are really rather tasty. This bottle is the…  More info

Cl4 - Elements of Islay (Caol Ila)
$47.88

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10284) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bowmore

12 year old Bowmore single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. Like us, we're sure you're more than eager to get your hands on some excellent Islay whisky, so don't let…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10284) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$72.17

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2014 Release

70cl, 58.70%
Kilchoman

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER A special Kilchoman bottling produced specially for the 2014 Islay whisky festival, it was matured for around 5 years, initially in first-fill bourbon casks before…  More info

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2014 Release
1
$123.73

Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old Westering Home - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 53.40%
Bunnahabhain

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER One of Bunnahabhain's special bottlings produced for the 2014 Islay whisky festival. Distilled in November 1996, it was moved into a Cognac cask in October 2007 before…  More info

Bunnahabhain 17 Year Old Westering Home - Feis Ile 2014
$375.18

Lagavulin Triple Matured Edition (Friends of Classic Malts)

70cl, 48%
Lagavulin

Originally released exclusively for the Friends of the Classic Malts, this is one of five triple-matured bottlings across the Classic Malts range that are matured in refill casks, American oak…  More info

Lagavulin Triple Matured Edition (Friends of Classic Malts)
2
$122.84

Caol Ila 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

A cracking Caol Ila bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 1999 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$54.95

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)
$75.02

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
$237.42

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)
1

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)
$188.31

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)
$219.74

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
$1242.52

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
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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)
$139.37

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