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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.

Octomore 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition

70cl, 57.3%
Bruichladdich

A limited edition second release of 10 year old Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery. The name of the game here is peat - all of the Octomore whiskies are super…  More info

Octomore 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition
$169.62

Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

The heart of the Bowmore range, the 12 year old exhibits some beautiful coastal notes with a gentle peat, it is the balance that the floral element presents that makes this a great entry bottling for…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old
70
$36.24

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 57%
Bruichladdich

The sixth edition of experimental Octomore, famous for being made with the most heavily peated barley on the planet. Bruichladdich are still able to impart a delicate, graceful emphasis within this…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
14
$105.80

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1994 (casks 776 & 777) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 56.2%
Bruichladdich

A Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength bottling of 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt, aged in a pair of refill Sherry butts. This was distilled on Islay in October 1994 and left to mature until May…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1994 (casks 776 & 777) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$114.33

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

It's the 2009 vintage of Bruichladdich's popular Islay Barley single malt Scotch whisky! We love that Bruichladdich specify which farms the barley came from for these releases - this time, the barley…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009
1
$47.22

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 3573) - The Maltman

70cl, 56.2%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask bottling of 12 year old single malt from the Islay-based Bunnahabhain distillery, independently bottled for The Maltman range! This was distilled in November 2004 and left to mature for…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 3573) - The Maltman
$48.32

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2001 - Renaissance

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A second of two special releases to mark the acquisition and rebirth of the Islay distillery, originally founded in 1881. Distilled in 2001 and matured in bourbon casks, 2,500 unpeated bottles were…  More info

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2001 - Renaissance
$73.60

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

We love these Douglas Laing Premier Barrel bottlings - tasty independently bottled whisky, presented in decanters that look like they've been swiped right out of a time traveller's pocket. This one…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$49.33

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A gift pack from the Kilchoman distillery on the west coast of Islay! This pack includes a 70cl bottle of their Machir Bay single malt (which is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$53.36

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

100cl, 46.3%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain's Eirigh Na Greine was originally released for the Travel Retail market, with its name meaning 'Morning Sky' in Gaelic. A portion of this single malt was matured in red wine casks,…  More info

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
3
$65.12

Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.1%
Bruichladdich

This is the first Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky which we've bottled as part of our Single Cask Series! It was distilled in April 2009, allowed to age in a first fill bourbon hogshead for 6…  More info

Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$93.49

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.4 7 Year Old Virgin Oak

70cl, 61.2%
Bruichladdich

An early 2016 release of Bruichladdich's extremely peaty Octomore series. Octomore 07.4 has endured quite an interesting maturation - 25% of it was aged entirely in virgin oak casks, while 75% of it…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.4 7 Year Old Virgin Oak
5
$150.70

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 1159) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Laphroaig

Ooh, an indie bottling of Laphroaig! These are always a treat! This one was distilled on the Isle of Islay in November 1998 and allowed to age in a refill hogshead for 18 years. In November 2016, the…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 1159) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$129.36

Islay Storm

70cl, 40%
C.S. James and Sons Ltd.

An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.  More info

Islay Storm
21
$25.93

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

An Cuan Mòr is one of the selection of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Travel Retail market. For the An Cuan Mòr, which means 'Big Ocean' in Gaelic, the whisky is initially…  More info

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr
5
$83.73

Smokehead - The Rock Edition

70cl, 43%
Smokehead

A very special, dramatic-looking edition of Smokehead single malt featuring a debossed "Smokehead Skull". Hugely peaty and very well-packaged!  More info

Smokehead - The Rock Edition
11
$35.78

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11204) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Bruichladdich

A single cask bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky aged for a quarter of a century before being bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in May 1991, matured in…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11204) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$214.00

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 372) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

An excellent indie Islay here from Murray McDavid's ace Benchmark range. One of a trio of 14 year old Laphroaig bottling, this one was drawn from cask #372, a first fill bourbon barrel that held the…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 372) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$119.47

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
2
$66.95

Ardbeg Exploration Pack

80cl, 47.2%
Ardbeg

Explore the range of fantastic whiskies from the renowned Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay with the Ardbeg Exploration Pack. This set features a 70cl bottle of Ardbeg 10 Year Old (a timeless…  More info

Ardbeg Exploration Pack
$51.92

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Laphroaig

A half bottle of the iconic, medicinal 10 year Islay's bestselling distillery, Laphroaig. This is a massive, punchy dram, it is said the medicinal character is from the high moss content in the peat.  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 35cl
5
$23.90

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small…  More info

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured
12
$38.80

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 53.3%
Bruichladdich

A cask strength bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay, drawn from three refill American hogshead casks. It was distilled in October 1991 and…  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$137.95

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1975 (casks 3733 & 3734) - Private Cellar

70cl, 47.1%
Bruichladdich

A rare bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky aged for 34 years in a pair of casks! It was distilled in 1975 and bottled back in 2010 at 47.1% ABV. Only 196 bottles were produced. Very…  More info

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1975 (casks 3733 & 3734) - Private Cellar
$751.16

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

It's not surprising that people love this particular Distillers Edition. Heavily peated Lagavulin single malt from Islay + a finishing period in casks that previously held sweet, dark, rich Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
12
$79.71

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