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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 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 40%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of 18 year old single malt from Islay's excellent Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of cask and bottled at cask strength by The Whisky Lounge folks! 600 of these 20cl…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$33.21

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 54.8%
Caol Ila

Fancy some well-aged Caol Ila? Well Gleann Mór have just the thing for that hankering with this independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 30 years! It was…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$357.74

Octomore 07.3 5 Year Old

70cl, 63%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich distillery's range of insanely peated single malts continues with this 63% abv 07.3 release, made with 169 phenolic parts per million. That's an awful lot, more than any normal 'heavily…  More info

Octomore 07.3 5 Year Old
1
$147.06

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
4
$148.20

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 - Claxton's

70cl, 51.6%
Bunnahabhain

This is an independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask for 14 years before being bottled by Claxton's. A release of 305 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 - Claxton's
$82.61

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
$64.04

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11729) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.5%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Laphroaig single malt, drawn from a single cask which was home to the whisky for 25 years! It was distilled in October 1990 and aged for quarter of a century, until January…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11729) - Mackillop's Choice
$367.01

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.4%
Bruichladdich

And along the conveyor belt comes... The fourth batch of Bruichladdich single malt bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, which is a 23 year old whisky! As with the previous batches, the Laddie…  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$112.37

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Laphroaig

A litre bottling of Laphroaig's QA Cask single malt Scotch whisky, which is initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before ensuring a finishing period in charred American white oak casks. With this…  More info

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l
8
$58.21

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
$72.38

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg, and a very handsome one at that! This is a 25 year old Ardbeg, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by the chaps from Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$490.61

Smokey Joe Islay Malt

70cl, 46%
The Leading Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd

A blended malt made up of different Islay single malt whiskies. We're not sure which ones, exactly, but we do know that it tastes delicious!  More info

Smokey Joe Islay Malt
15
$36.10

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.5%
Bowmore

Brilliant Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky from 1989! Who do we have to thank for this wonderful single cask release of 244 bottles? Well, it's the talented folks at Mackillop's, of course. We doff…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice
$222.63

Smokehead 18 Year Old Extra Black

70cl, 46%
Smokehead

A release of 6,000 bottles of 18 year old Smokehead, packaged smartly in an "extra black" bottle. Full bodied and rich.  More info

Smokehead 18 Year Old Extra Black
8
$98.02

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.4%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore, presented as part of Murray McDavid's illustrious Mission Gold indie bottling series! It was distilled in 1989, initially matured in a bourbon barrel and finished in a Chateau…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$350.53

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 2490 & 2491) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 48.1%
Bruichladdich

A 25 year old whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were home to the whisky for a quarter of a century. It was distilled in 1991 and…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 2490 & 2491) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)
$174.42

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A neat gift pack from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, containing a 70cl bottle of their Classic Laddie (an excellent expression, made with unpeated Scottish barley and matured in…  More info

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$58.09

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 604) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.1%
Bunnahabhain

339 bottles were filled from cask 604 by Duncan Taylor in October 2015. The whisky was distilled at Bunnahabhain on Islay in May 2008.  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 604) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$46.77

Lp7 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 52.8%
Laphroaig

Another single malt from the Elements of Islay series - this is their seventh "Lp" whisky, from a distillery on the south coast of Islay. Plenty of floral smoke and juicy fruit notes to dig in to…  More info

Lp7 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)
$91.94

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52.9%
Caol Ila

This is a 9 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead from 2007 to 2016 before being bottled by The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$120.48

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1989 Black Art

70cl, 49.7%
Bruichladdich

The second release of Bruichladdich's Black Art whisky 'Matured in the Stygian* darkness of Warehouse number 12'. *relating to the river Styx. (no? us neither. We reckon someone's been at an online…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1989 Black Art
9
$357.03

Bunnahabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

From the Malts of Scotland independently bottling selection comes a single cask Bunnahabhain single malt, distilled in 2005, aged in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV. 278 bottles of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$69.51

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This is an independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask from 1989 to 2016 before being bottled by the brilliant Wemyss Malts. To give you an idea of…  More info

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$250.48

Octomore 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 4319) (Rest & Be Thankful) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 65.6%
Bruichladdich

A Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling of 7 year old Octomore heavily peated single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery, finished in a cask that previously held Pauillac wine from the Bordeaux…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 4319) (Rest & Be Thankful) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$283.45

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%
Bowmore

A Douglas Laing bottling of 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask. Back in the November 1989, this whisky was distillery on the isle of Islay and…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) -  Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$300.92

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