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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.

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.20%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg, and a very handsome one at that! This is a 25 year old Ardbeg, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by the chaps from Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$519.17

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.60%
Bunnahabhain

We've independently bottled an absolutely cracking 33 year old Bunnahabhain single malt! It was distilled on the Isle of Islay all the way back in August 1982 and left to mature in a refill Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$322.26

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

70cl, 63.80%
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)
$195.09

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

An 18 year old Bruichladdich single malt, distilled in 1989 and matured in a combination of bourbon and Madeira casks! This was bottled by Murray McDavid, who you may know bought the distillery in…  More info

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 (Murray McDavid)
$388.24

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 47%
Ardbeg

This is a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the much-love Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay, aged in a trio of barrels which matured the whisky from 2001 to 2016. A release of 682…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)
$169.21

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

70cl, 56.20%
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)
$2157.81

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 303014) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 57.20%
Caol Ila

An independently bottled Caol Ila single malt, aged in a single cask for 10 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled a decade later in June 2016 by the chaps from Gordon & Company for the…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 303014) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$87.57

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #9 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.10%
Bunnahabhain

An intense, peaty dram from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series. This is #09 in the series, the most powerful, intense expression out of all 10 releases - a…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #9 (La Maison du Whisky)
$65.01

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 362) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

14 year old single malt from the Laphroaig distillery on the Island of Islay, matured in a bourbon barrel from 2001 to October 2015. An independently release from Murray McDavid as part of their…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 362) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$124.33

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie - 4.5l

450cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

It's the Classic Laddie's Big Daddy - and it is very big indeed! This right here is a 4.5 litre bottle of Brucihladdich's unpeated single malt Scotch whisky originally created by the legendary (and…  More info

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie - 4.5l
$367.74

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.50%
Port Ellen

A Hunter Laing bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned closed distilleries in Scotland - Port Ellen. Distilled at the Islay distillery in September 1978 and aged in a…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$1305.96

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.20%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask for 8 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled in January 2015 with an outturn of 322 bottles, bottled at…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$83.95

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)
$269.05

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.)
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$106.53

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)
$49.49

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)
$326.56

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
$114.52

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)
$107.13

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

70cl, 53.90%
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)
$2595.86

Bruichladdich A Final Act Of Creation 23 Year Old 1992

70cl, 52%
Bruichladdich

A final act of creation from Jim McEwan, bottled from his own legendary Château Latour 1992 cask dubbed "Princess Diana". It's bottled at 52% to mark Jim's 52 years in the business! Just 220 of these…  More info

Bruichladdich A Final Act Of Creation 23 Year Old 1992
$2000.98

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)
$751.72

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
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$60.31

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 56.10%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled, heavily peated Bunnahabhain! This 7 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay was distilled in 2006 and matured in a single cask until 2014, when it was…  More info

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$52.51

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

70cl, 48.50%
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)
$1362.67

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.10%
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)
$318.43

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