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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.

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
$83.77

Bruichladdich Organic Scottish Barley 1l

100cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A travel retail release of Bruichladdich organic single malt Scotch whisky, made with barley sourced from Mid Coul Farm, Mains of Tullibardine Farm and Coulmore farm. It's an unpeted expression,…  More info

Bruichladdich Organic Scottish Barley 1l
5
$77.69

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

This Malts & Food Gift Set contains a bottle of the excellent Lagavulin Distillers Edition (which was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2016 after enjoying a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks)…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$95.55

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Chieftain's bottling of 14 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in April 2002 and allowed to mature in hogshead casks until August…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$73.96

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
2
$149.62

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 61.5%
Caol Ila

Another year and another excellent unpeated Caol Ila for the Special Releases. This is the first of these unusual Islay malts to have been distilled this millennium, being filled into refill American…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 2000 Unpeated (Special Release 2016)
$93.14

Laphroaig Select

70cl, 40%
Laphroaig

For the Laphroaig Select, the Islay distillery has taken whisky from a number of different types of cask, including Oloroso Sherry butts, white American oak, Pedro Ximenez seasoned hoggies, Quarter…  More info

Laphroaig Select
42
$35.35

Bruichladdich 8 Year Old - The Laddie Eight

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

An 8 year old single malt from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, originally released for the Travel Retail Market. The Laddie Eight was created by Head Distiller Adam Hannett, with an aim to…  More info

Bruichladdich 8 Year Old - The Laddie Eight
$57.56

Bowmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A comparatively recent release from Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old
17
$83.02

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
$84.04

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
$38.82

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58.3%
Port Ellen

Sherry matured single cask Port Ellen! Hunter Laing have bottled this extremely exciting 33 year old malt from this famous closed Islay distillery. Bottled from the Sherry butt in October 2015, just…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$1,923.79

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

This is the 5th edition of Kilchoman's very popular 100% Islay series, released in 2015 - the year of Kilchoman's 10th anniversary, we'll have you know! A lightly peated single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition
2
$72.18

Fields of Barley 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Another aptly named Wemyss single cask bottling of Scotch malt whisky. This one's from Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay and was distilled in 1990.  More info

Fields of Barley 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$107.05

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2005 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 58.4%
Bruichladdich

Single cask Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery, put into a bourbon barrel in 2005 and aged for 11 years. Following its maturation, this was independently bottled by…  More info

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2005 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$64.83

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of 7 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in a wine cask - which ought to be very interesting indeed. It was bottled by Langside…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$60.16

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11561) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An indie bottling of 8 year old Bunnahabhain single malt, distilled on the Isle of Islay in June 2008. Following its 8 year maturation in a single hogshead cask, this was bottled in November 2016 by…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11561) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.46

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)
$214.11

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
$59.72

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)
$93.54

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11346) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Indie Islay from Douglas Laing - this is a 5 year old bottling of single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single refill hogshead from March 2011 to November 2016. 428 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11346) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.24

Bunnahabhain 2006 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

A rather splendid indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled for the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2006 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$33.93

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)
$70.72

Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich have launched a new range of whiskies which aim to create a signature style and move away from the often adventurous bottlings of the last ten years. This 22 year old forms the older of…  More info

Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year Old
1
$136.45

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l

100cl, 43%
Bowmore

From Bowmore's travel retail selection, unveiled in 2014, the Gold Reef is a gorgeous coastal dram, matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. A fantastic Islay single malt.  More info

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l
2
$63.05

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