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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 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000894) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 65.60%
Bruichladdich

A 7 year old super-heavily peated Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery. It was matured in a bourbon cask for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled as part…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000894) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$274.18

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

It's the 2003 vintage Caol Ila Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine. It was distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015 at 43%…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$80.08

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7401) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

320 bottles of 24 year old single malt Scotch whisky emerged from cask 7401 in early 2015, distilled at Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay and bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Coopers…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 7401) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
1
$108.57

Lg5 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 54.80%
Lagavulin

Independently bottled Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Speciality Drinks Elements of Islay range. Rich and smoky, as we've come to expect from Lagavulin.  More info

Lg5 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
$60.57

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Another bottling of 2003 vintage delicious Coal Ila single malt Scotch whisky from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$47.55

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 0186) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

It's an independently bottled Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single cask for 9 years! This was distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2015 by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coopers…  More info

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 0186) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$54.73

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.10%
Bunnahabhain

A Highland Laird bottling of some rather well-aged Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky! This was distilled in 1987, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled 26 years later by Bartels Whisky. The…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
$166.44

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1989 Black Art

70cl, 49.70%
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
$385.02

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 616) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.90%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore! Filled into a hogshead on 5th March 1991, it emerged on 18th January 2016, almost 25 years later to fill 160 bottles as part of Càrn Mòr's Celebration Of The Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 616) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$231.90

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack

60cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A Gift Pack of three 20cl bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay. Excellent for those looking to explore the reange of whiskies from this top…  More info

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack
$52.86

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.80%
Bunnahabhain

A 22 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. Distilled on Islay in 1991 and bottled in 2014, but not before it was finished in a tiny Octave Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$152.45

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 53.70%
Bowmore

From the Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling range comes a 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in April 1990 and set aside to age in a single bourbon cask until April…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$332.79

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)
$126.70

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1976 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.10%
Bunnahabhain

31 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in Fino Sherry oak - a delightful combination... A release of 216 bottles from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1976 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$490.44

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Joint Bottling With La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 49.80%
Bunnahabhain

From the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay comes a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, released as a joint bottling between La Maison du Whisky and The Nectar in Belgium. It was…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Joint Bottling With La Maison Du Whisky)
$133.99

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007

70cl, 57.10%
Bowmore

Distilled 9th February 2000 and matured in a fresh Sherry cask, this was Bowmore's 2007 Fèis Ìle (Islay Festival) bottling. Just 700 bottles were released. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007
$209.42

Bunnahabhain 1989 (cask 5784) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 48.30%
Bunnahabhain

A late 1980s single cask Bunnah. Need we say more? Alright, well it's part of the Spirit & Cask Range, initially a series of specialist bottlings for the German market bottled by Whiskymax. The…  More info

Bunnahabhain 1989 (cask 5784) - Spirit & Cask Range
$116.70

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
24
$38.93

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

70cl, 54.10%
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)
$50.43

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bowmore

Matured in a single Sherry butt for fifteen years, 468 bottles of this Bowmore were released by Douglas Laing in December 2015 as part of their Old Particular range.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$109.18

Bowmore Legend

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.  More info

Bowmore Legend
24
$37.90

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)
3
$35.96

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
$158.59

Bunnhabhain 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

Bunnhabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$74.96

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

This is a single cask Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in December 2001 and bottled in October 2014 with an…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$76.33

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