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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 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9512) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.50%
Caol Ila

A smoky single malt from Douglas Laing produced at the Caol Ila distillery. Matured in a single cask and selected as part of the Directors' Cut range, 173 bottles were produced.  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9512) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$126.58

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 125th Anniversary

70cl, 44.90%
Bunnahabhain

A 35 old single malt to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Islay distillery. This bottling comes in a presentation box with a black Bunnahabhain glass.  More info

Bunnahabhain 35 Year Old 125th Anniversary
$767.17

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2012

70cl, 60.40%
Caol Ila

Caol Ila's Feris Ile 2012 bottling, this is a big bruiser of a whisky, finished in second-fill sherry casks.  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2012
$162.22

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9656) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A 10 year old autumn distillation from Laphroaig distillery courtesy of Douglas Laing.  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9656) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$69.47

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 2nd Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

This is the second edition of the Kilchoman 100% Islay. The whisky is a 50:50 vatting of three and four year old whisky matured in ex-Bourbon casks. The whisky is entirely produced on the island of…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 2nd Edition
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Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

The second release in Bruichladdich's Uber Provenance range, made with barley grown on Islay at Dunlossit Farm. As Bruichladdich put it: "Now once again the sea salt spray lashed fields of Islay are…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006
$48.34

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.10%
Bowmore

A 25 year old, single cask Bowmore from Douglas Laing's incredible Old and Rare Platinum Selection. This was distilled in February 1987 and aged in a refill butt before bottling in April 2012. A…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$272.77

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2000 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore in Autumn of 2000 and aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing in Autumn of 2010. Deliciously malty,…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2000 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$52.77

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 5365) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.70%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at the Bunnahabhain distillery in November of 1991. It was then aged for 20 years in cask 5365 before bottling in April of 2012 at natural cask strength. A release of 253 numbered…  More info

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1991 (cask 5365) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$126.02

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2001 (cask 1766) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57%
Bunnahabhain

Cask strength Bunnahabhain - unpeated - from Signatory. Distilled in October 2001 and bottled in September 2012, shortly before it had spent 11 years in cask 1766.  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2001 (cask 1766) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$52.94

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and this bottle has been filled without chill filtration for Signatory's Un-Chill Filtered range.  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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$44.25

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.90%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask Bunnahabhain, distilled in December 1978, and aged for 33 years before bottling in December 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum Selection.  More info

 Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
$268.49

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood Edition (2013)

70cl, 51.30%
Laphroaig

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER A limited edition port finished Laphroaig release for Fèis Ìle 2013, the Islay whisky festival. Initially matured in bourbon casks, this Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an…  More info

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood Edition (2013)
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$97.19

Bunnahabhain - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.10%
Bunnahabhain

This is the first batch of delicious Bunnahabhain single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky. The whisky is rich and fruity with a hint of peat, and the graphic-novel-style label depicts the distillery…  More info

Bunnahabhain - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

An old bottling of Lagavulin's classic 16 year old single malt scotch whisky form Islay. Rich, peaty and awesome!  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old (Old Bottling)
$43.23

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 9037 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

This is a wonderfully rich, sherry-matured Bruichladdich from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in February 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single refill sherry butt.…  More info

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 9037 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$96.83

Caol Ila 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

This is a sherry-matured Caol Ila from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Caol Ila 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$43.88

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2001 (cask 303802) (Adelphi)

70cl, 60.60%
Caol Ila

A young and punchy 11 year old single cask peated offering from Caol Ila distillery, bottled by Adelphi in early 2013.  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2001 (cask 303802) (Adelphi)
$64.71

Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

One malt to rule them all. An incredible dram, Whisky Mag recommended, Lord of the Isles is an exquisite Ardbeg, matured for 25 years. This is rich, full-bodied, with good sweetness.  More info

Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles 25 Year Old
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Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1986 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Laphroaig

A rare single cask Laphroaig, distilled in February of 1986, and aged for 25 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum Selection in December 2011, an…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1986 - Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
$404.68

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2003 (cask 20060) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Islay's Bowmore distillery in 2003 before a 9 year maturation in a single cask (cask number 20060). It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2013.  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2003 (cask 20060) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$47.03

Bunnahabhain 10 Years Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain was bottled from an ex-sherry cask by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Years Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$64.59

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled in 2001, this 11 year old Bowmore came from two casks and was subsequently finished in a Pedro Ximinez cask. Bottled by Carn Mor as part of their Strictly Limited range this is a release of…  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A beautiful Laphroaig from the Un-Chillfiltered collection from Signatory, distilled on the 12th May 1998, aged in hogsheads 5562 and 5563 and bottled on the 30th May 2012. A release of 664 numbered…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$59.86

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2011 Release)

70cl, 57.50%
Lagavulin

An utterly fabulous on-going annual release of Lagavulin, from Diageo's Special Releases. 2011 sees this cask strength monster offering up oodles of complexity thanks to its maturation in refill…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2011 Release)

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