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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 Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd release

70cl, 60.1%
Ardbeg

Quite possibly the most exciting new whisky release for 2010! This is the brand new Supernova, stronger, more pungent in flavour, and more earthy than last year's Supernova - which Jim Murray rated…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd release
5
$351.48

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)
$1,312.47

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
$602.59

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%
Port Ellen

A single cask bottling of rare Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery shut its doors for the final…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,342.85

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11204) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Bruichladdich

A single cask bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky aged for a quarter of a century before being bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in May 1991, matured in…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11204) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$206.80

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)
$133.45

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

A Hunter Laing bottling of 14 year old Bowmore, aged in a single cask from September 2002 to October 2016. 341 bottles were produced, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (cask 12765) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$77.72

Bruichladdich 8 Year Old - The Laddie Eight

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

An 8 year old single malt from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, originally released for the Travel Retail Market. The Laddie Eight was created by Head Distiller Adam Hannett, with an aim to…  More info

Bruichladdich 8 Year Old - The Laddie Eight
$55.60

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2013) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.1%
Bowmore

A 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2013 as part of The Ten range from La Maison du Whisky. The series explores the flavour profiles of whisky, ranking them from #00 (the…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (bottled 2013) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$55.80

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A 2004 vintage single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery, made using barley from one farm on the Isle of Islay - Kentraw Farm, only a mile away from the distillery! This bottle was part of a…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004
$100.39

Bruichladdich X4 Futures 5 Year Old 2006

70cl, 64.6%
Bruichladdich

A quadruple-distilled single malt from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, released as part of their Futures series. This was made using Oxbridge barley and matured in bourbon casks from March 2006 to…  More info

Bruichladdich X4 Futures 5 Year Old 2006
$200.82

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
$125.49

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
$200.82

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

It's not surprising that people love this particular Distillers Edition. Heavily peated Lagavulin single malt from Islay + a finishing period in casks that previously held sweet, dark, rich Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
11
$74.28

Laphroaig 25 Year Old

70cl, 48.6%
Laphroaig

Matured in second-fill Oloroso Sherry casks and American oak ex-bourbon barrels for 25 years(!), a well-aged release of this incredibly popular heavily-peated single malt from Islay. Laphroaig aged…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old
3
$301.32

Octomore 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition

70cl, 57.3%
Bruichladdich

A limited edition second release of 10 year old Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery. The name of the game here is peat - all of the Octomore whiskies are super…  More info

Octomore 10 Year Old - Second Limited Edition
$156.53

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 58.5%
Bruichladdich

A Travel Retail bottling of Bruichladdich intensely-peated Octomore single malt Scotch whisky, which weighs in at a powerful 208 PPM. For the 07.2 release, this 5 year old whisky combines spirits…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
12
$140.56

Darkness! Port Charlotte 6 Year Old Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Hybrid Cask Finish

50cl, 55.9%
Bruichladdich

This is a Darkness! bottling of 6 year old Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky, finished in a very interesting cask - it was a specially coopered, 50 litre cask, made with staves from both Pedro…  More info

Darkness! Port Charlotte 6 Year Old Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Hybrid Cask Finish
2
$93.36

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)
$82.31

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45%
Caol Ila

Finished in casks the previously held Sassicaia wine, this is a release of 4,100 bottles from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection. Distilled 10th September 2003, this Caol Ila single malt was…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 Sassicaia Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$49.66

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 49.5%
Lagavulin

This is the Lagavulin Fèis Ìle 2016 release - an 18 year old single malt drawn from European oak ex-bodega Sherry butts and refill American oak hogsheads selected by Iain McArthur. 2016 saw the…  More info

Lagavulin 18 Year Old - Fèis Ìle 2016
$497.18

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
$70.15

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)
$44.09

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 57%
Bruichladdich

The sixth edition of experimental Octomore, famous for being made with the most heavily peated barley on the planet. Bruichladdich are still able to impart a delicate, graceful emphasis within this…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
14
$102.24

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 55.9%
Caol Ila

Another year and another delicious unpeated Caol Ila at the affordable end of Diageo's Special Releases In fact, this is now the tenth release in the series. At 17 years old, it's the oldest yet too,…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)
4
$90.35

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