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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 1983 (cask 405009) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 54.7%
Caol Ila

With a presentation box almost as gorgeous as the whisky itself, you know you're in for a treat with The Duncan Taylor Single range of independently bottled single cask whiskies. This particular…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 405009) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 56.1%
Lagavulin

This is the astounding 11th release of one of our favourite cask-strength whiskies - Lagavulin 12 year old. This 2012 edition is a smoky, zesty whisky with masses of character.  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2012 Special Release)
5
$73.35

Lagavulin 37 Year Old 1976 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 51.0%
Lagavulin

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER The oldest official bottling of Lagavulin ever released. This rare, natural cask strength gem of limited release was distilled back in 1976 before being matured in refill…  More info

Lagavulin 37 Year Old 1976 (2013 Special Release)
$2118.76

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (Cask 5666) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.2%
Bunnahabhain

Duncan Taylor bottled this 24 year old Bunnahhabhain single malt Scotch whisky for their Dimensions series, which shows off the multitude of dimensions that exist within their vast catalogue of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (Cask 5666) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.2%
Caol Ila

Bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask selection, which has reached its 15th anniversary! There's obviously no better way to celebrate this milestone that with some 29 year old Caol…  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1984 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.0%
Bunnahabhain

This is a rich, sherry-matured Bunnahabhain from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in December 2001 and was aged for 11 years before bottling in early 2013. This is a release of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1991 - Batch 0002 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.0%
Bunnahabhain

The second batch of sherried Bunnahabhain distilled in December 1991 and bottled by Duncan Taylor. This release was matured for 20 years.  More info

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1991 - Batch 0002 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Port Charlotte PC8 75cl

75cl, 60.5%
Bruichladdich

PC8 is possibly the best of the 'PC' releases. A superb cask-strength classic from this once-independent distillery. “Ar duthcas” is Gaelic for “Land of our heritage”. This is very well-peated to…  More info

Port Charlotte PC8 75cl
$107.52

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 42.5%
Ardbeg

Single cask 21 year old Ardbeg? Erm... Yes please! As always with our single cask releases, we don't chill-filter any of the goodness out or add anything else that doesn't belong. It's natural cask…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.8%
Bowmore

A cask strength bottling from Mackillop's distilled at the Bowmore Distillery on Islay in April of 1989. Bottled in March of 2013 in a limited run. Sterling stuff…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 - Mackillop's Choice

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1989 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.1%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at Bunnahabhain in October 1989 and aged for 22 years in a single cask (number 5663) before bottling in June 2012. A release of 252 individually numbered bottles from Duncan…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1989 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386829) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 45.8%
Bunnahabhain

You're not going to find Duncan Taylor's Single range in your local music shop next to a bunch of 7" vinyls and CDs with only two tracks on them, because these whiskies are rather different than the…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386829) - The Duncan Taylor Single

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

70cl, 48.3%
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)

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

70cl, 43.0%
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
1
$63.20

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

70cl, 50.2%
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)

Bowmore 1974

75cl, 40.0%
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
$699.88

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

70cl, 63.3%
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)
2
$150.41

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

70cl, 46.0%
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)

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

70cl, 53.1%
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)
1
$699.88

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

70cl, 56.8%
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)

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I

70cl, 56.9%
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, 46.0%
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)

Bruichladdich Octomore 03.1 75cl

75cl, 59.0%
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
1
$412.82

Autumn Warmer 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46.0%
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)
$77.68

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

70cl, 50.0%
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)

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