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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.

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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
Well aged Caol Ila, anyone? Oh yes, this is a single cask bottling of 25 year old single malt from the legendary Islay distillery, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing...  More info
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From one of the most well-loved Scotch distillery - Bowmore out on the Isle of Islay - comes this 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask by Hunter Laing. It was...  More info
Another release from the Duncan Taylor Single collection - this one a tempting Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in April 1997 and bottled in...  More info
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'Blowing on a Sea Breeze' is that name of this Wemyss Malts independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 209...  More info
We love the imagery Wemyss conjure with the names of their releases, "Sea Swept Barnacle" giving plenty of indication as to the character of this single cask Bunnahabhain. In fact, it's made us rather...  More info
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Laphroaig's 200th anniversary celebrations have been leading up to this extraordinary bottling of rare single malt Scotch whisky from Islay all through 2015. Just 5,880 bottles of this exclusively...  More info
Whispered about in the halls in only hushed, excited voices, this is a much anticipated release - and it's here. The sixth batch of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky...  More info
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This is one of the legendary Islay malts. We loved the Committee release and we weren't disappointed with this incredible dram. This was released to...  More info
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Rare and delicious Ardbeg! Jim Murray awarded this 96 points and described it as "simply one of the greatest experiences". This was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2001, part of a release of 2,400...  More info
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