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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.

Smokehead Extra Rare 1l

100cl, 40%
Smokehead

A heavily peated Islay single malt from Ian Macleod, Smokehead Extra Rare is a travel retail exclusive, and offer tons of flavour…  More info

Smokehead Extra Rare 1l
4
$58.34

Caol Ila 2008 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Caol Ila

A 2008 vintage Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2015 for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range. The series traverses whisky flavour profiles and organises them by number, from the…  More info

Caol Ila 2008 (Bottled 2015) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$63.11

Bunnahabhain 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

Bunnahabhain 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800098) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$57.35

Port Charlotte 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 2002000325) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.8%
Port Charlotte

A 12 year old Port Charlotte single malt here, distilled by Bruichladdich in 2002 and bottled for the Rest & Be Thankful range in 2015. Lovely peated Islay whisky - dig in!  More info

Port Charlotte 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 2002000325) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$171.73

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)

70cl, 53.9%
Port Ellen

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery that was mothballed in 1983 and never reopened. The whisky comes from the final year of production. Matured in refill European oak butts…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)
$2,510.92

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.5%
Bowmore

Released as part of the Tantalus collection, this is an incredible 31 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled by Duncan Taylor. As with all Tantalus releases, it comes with…  More info

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,203.09

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

70cl, 48.1%
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)
$465.51

Loch Indaal Catch 1982 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Cor - a single cask Bowmore distilled in 1982!!! A very exciting bottling from the Wemyss Malts folks, who have bestowed this Islay single malt the name of "Loch Indaal Catch", so expect a good whack…  More info

Loch Indaal Catch 1982 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$775.35

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2,088.26

Bunnahabhain Samaroli 45th Anniversary (cask 4)

70cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

A special 45th anniversary release bottled in October 2013 - only 112 bottles were produced!  More info

Bunnahabhain Samaroli 45th Anniversary (cask 4)
$831.35

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)
$152.76

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)
$1,367.11

Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old - Eich Bhana Lìr

70cl, 41.8%
Bunnahabhain

An astounding expression from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery. This is their 46 Year Old Eich Bhana Lìr - the oldest whisky they've ever released! Only 198 bottles were produced, and we think you'll…  More info

Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old - Eich Bhana Lìr
$5,016.60

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Indie Islay whisky from the excellent Caol Ila distillery, aged in a single cask for 23 years from January 1993 to February 2016. This was bottled by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1993 (cask 631) -  Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$223.41

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This a Montgomerie's Rare Select bottling of Bowmore isngle malt, aged in a single cask from April 1991 to April 2016. Lovely Islay whisky to be had, right here.  More info

Bowmore 1991 (bottled 2016) (cask 253010) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$244.71

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 728) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 40.6%
Bruichladdich

Yummy single cask Bruichladdich, distilled in February 1992 on the Isle of Islay and bottled by Montgomerie's in April 2016 for the Rare Select range.  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1992 (cask 728) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$221.07

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.4%
Caol Ila

25 year old Caol Ila single malt, drawn from a single cask which aged the whisky from February 1990 to February 2015. After quarter of a century of maturation, the whisky was bottled for the…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 1478) - Mackillop's Choice
$226.51

Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 - The Last Cask

70cl, 41%
Bowmore

Our charity auction is taking place on this page right now with everything over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK! Read more over on the blog. The final rediscovered cask of Black Bowmore,…  More info

Bowmore Black 50 Year Old 1964 - The Last Cask

Bruichladdich Islay Grown Futures 6 Year Old 2004

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A 6 year old single malt Scotch whisky released as part of Bruichladdich's Futures series. This particular expression is their Islay Grown Futures, which was made with Optic, Publican and Oxbridge…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Grown Futures 6 Year Old 2004
$130.72

Bruichladdich Trestarig Futures 5 Year Old 2005

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A rare bottling from bruichladdich's Futures series, distilled in August 2005 and matured in bourbon casks for 5 years until April 2011. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Bruichladdich Trestarig Futures 5 Year Old 2005
$209.18

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2005 (cask 11509) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Bruichladdich

Well-Sherried 11 year old single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in June 2005 and set aside to mature in a Sherry…  More info

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2005 (cask 11509) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$102.36

Bunnahabhain 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11604) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%
Bunnahabhain

Generously-Sherried single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, aged for 15 years in a Sherry butt. Said Sherry butt was filled in December 2001 and cracked open in March 2017, with the whisky…  More info

Bunnahabhain 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 11604) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$97.89

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.3%
Caol Ila

A single cask whisky from the much-adored Caol Ila distillery, aged for 25 years! It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in March 1991 and matured in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century until…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$341.77

Laphroaig 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.4%
Laphroaig

An independently bottled Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky! The label stars the chaps off of Living Room Whisky, who, of course, managed to track down one of Dr. E. Brown's messages in a bottle on…  More info

Laphroaig 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$85.74

Williamson 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.2%
Laphroaig

The first batch of 6 year old Williamson single malt from a famous though undisclosed Islay distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The Living Room Whisky chaps seem…  More info

Williamson 6 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$54.35

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