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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.

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
2
$1957.15

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)
$312.30

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 4842) - 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 (cask 4842) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$371.28

Bunnahahain 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800098) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 6 year old single cask Bunnahabhain distilled in 2006 and bottled in early 2013 by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It will come as no surprise that no artificial colouring was added to this one.  More info

Bunnahahain 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800098) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$58.15

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978074) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.8%
Bruichladdich

Independently bottled 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014 following a finishing period in a tiny Sherry Octave cask. Just 87 bottles of this…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978074) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$154.89

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46.5%
Bunnahabhain

Released as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range, this is a 34 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry oak cask. It was distilled in September 1979 and bottled…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807)  - The Duncan Taylor Single
$402.03

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 3672) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.3%
Bruichladdich

This is a 20 year old single cask Bruichladdich from Duncan Taylor’s Dimensions series. It was distilled in November 1992 before maturation in cask 3674. It was bottled in December of 2012.  More info

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 3672) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$154.89

Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This follows on from the 2003 edition. It is made with organic Scottish barley which is certified by the biodynamic association. It is a lightly peated Bruichladdich, matured in American oak casks…  More info

Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage
3
$132.54

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971

70cl, 51%
Bowmore

A cask strength 34 year old single malt from Bowmore. This was distilled in 1971 and matured in ex-sherry casks before bottling as part of an outturn of just 960 bottles. The colour is rich and dark…  More info

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971
$2227.65

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000911) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.4%
Bruichladdich

Ooh - a French oak cask-matured, independently bottled Octomore! This was distilled by Bruichladdich (using heavily peated malt) in 2008 and matured in a French oak cask for 7 years before being…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000911) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$250.31

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old 2001 (cask R091600007) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.6%
Bruichladdich

A 13 year old Sherry cask-matured single malt here from Bruichladdich, released under their Port Charlotte name - meaning those of you that love a good peated expression will want a piece of this.…  More info

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old 2001 (cask R091600007) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$203.00

Bunnahabhain 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3107) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.2%
Bunnahabhain

Very old Bunnahabhain, independently bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in 1968 and allowed to mature for 45 years(!) before being bottled at 41.2% ABV. This comes presented as part of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3107) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1386.14

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1975 (casks 3733 & 3734) - Private Cellar

70cl, 47.1%
Bruichladdich

A rare bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky aged for 34 years in a pair of casks! It was distilled in 1975 and bottled back in 2010 at 47.1% ABV. Only 196 bottles were produced. Very…  More info

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1975 (casks 3733 & 3734) - Private Cellar
$689.46

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

150cl, 51.9%
Ardbeg

Well then, this is pretty bloomin' awesome, isn't it? A 1.5 litre magnum bottle of 25 year old Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare range. The refill…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)
$3178.05

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)
$125.04

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1980 (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40.2%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain single malt matured for three decades in a pair of ex-Sherry casks! The outturn was of 510 bottles in January 2016, having been filled back in May 1980.  More info

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1980 (Rest & Be Thankful)
$387.27

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)
$294.18

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1990 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.1%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, independently bottled by the Glasgow-based North Star Spirits. This was distilled in November 1990 and bottled 26 years later in November…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1990 - North Star Spirits
$156.94

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 10)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 21 year old Bunnhabhain bottled by Adelphi for their Liddesdale series. Previously, the Liddesdale bottling were released without disclosing the distillery, though it now seems that they are more…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 10)
$140.94

Laphroaig 30 Year Old

70cl, 53.5%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig single malt from Islay aged for three decades! Twice matured in bourbon casks, expect this peated whisky to be complex, rounded and absolutely full of flavour.  More info

Laphroaig 30 Year Old
$741.49

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 200th Anniversary (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 57.7%
Lagavulin

This year's 12 year old Lagavulin Special Release is part of the distillery's 200th anniversary celebrations! Aged in refill American oak hogsheads, it's the fourteenth of these excellent 12 year old…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old 200th Anniversary (Special Release 2016)
2
$84.87

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
Bunnahabhain

In what will be seen as a positive move to whisky connoisseurs, Bunnahabhain have decided to bottle the 18 year old without chill-filtration and without colouring.  More info

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old
28
$74.09

The Ileach Peaty

70cl, 40%
Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

The Ileach is a peaty single malt from a secret Islay distillery, this has received rave reviews from whisky critics and has a solid core of peat and malt.  More info

The Ileach Peaty
38
$31.11

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.1%
Lagavulin

Single Cask Series Lagavulin! That's right, we bottled this single malt Scotch whisky from the south coast of Islay on 21st January 2016 after it spent 10 years (a week shy of 11 years, in fact) in a…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$150.58

Lagavulin 25 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 51.7%
Lagavulin

Limited to 8,000 bottles, this special 25 year old Lagavulin celebrates the distillery's 200th anniversary with a well-matured expression matured exclusively in ex-Sherry casks and with the names of…  More info

Lagavulin 25 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition
2
$848.58

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