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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.

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)
$66.07

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #09 (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 #09 (La Maison du Whisky)
$72.45

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.80%
Bunnahabhain

A 22 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. Distilled on Islay in 1991 and bottled in 2014, but not before it was finished in a tiny Octave Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$166.70

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 10853) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.70%
Bunnahabhain

Independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, handsomely presented as part of Hunter Laing's fantastic Old & Rare range. This Islay single malt was distilled in November 1991 and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 10853) - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing)
$254.58

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55%
Port Ellen

Ah, Port Ellen, how we love you. And by 'we' I don't just mean us at MoM towers, whisky fans around the world adore this legendary malt from an Islay distillery that shut down in 1983. Diageo's…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)
$2766.53

Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16737) - Sauterne Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.80%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of notably intensely peaty Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. This one has was distilled in December 2007, matured in a Sauternes…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 6 Year Old 2007 (cask 16737) - Sauterne Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$270.01

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)
$1518.44

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)
$354.84

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)
$1455.25

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Bowmore

This is #07 in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range - a 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2014. The Ten series features a selection of whiskies which have been arranged in…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$65.69

Bunnahabhain 43 Year Old 1969 (cask 6729) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40.50%
Bunnahabhain

The Tantalus range from Duncan Taylor is one for the collectors out there. All the whiskies in the range are extraordinarily rare, most of them having matured for over 40 years. Once Duncan Taylor…  More info

Bunnahabhain 43 Year Old 1969 (cask 6729) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1531.59

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 3rd Edition

70cl, 50.10%
Bruichladdich

A rare new release from Bruichladdich, this is the third edition in the DNA series. Created by Master Distiller Jim McEwan, this was made using some of the very best casks in the Bruichladdich…  More info

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 3rd Edition
$313.36

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Please note: The tube has a couple of small dents but this is still an incredibly handsome Bruichladdich. Described by the distillers as being "a dram for the connoisseur and the enlightened…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old
$723.09

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)
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$3614.55

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young

70cl, 58.30%
Ardbeg

The first part in the Young series from Ardbeg, tracking the development of Ardbeg whisky, aged for just a few years, all the way up to the standard Ardbeg at 10 years old. Very interesting indeed,…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young
$602.56

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 1973 (Sestante)

75cl, 53.40%
Ardbeg

Few distilleries are as sought after as Islay's Ardbeg. Sestante meanwhile, are a celebrated independent bottling brand of real note who are no longer operating. What then, would it take to top a…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 1973 (Sestante)
$1216.95

Bunnahabhain 44 Year Old 1968 (cask 701) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41%
Bunnahabhain

One of the stupendously well presented & well aged Duncan Taylor Tantalus collection, this time featuring a 44 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, that's right, this whisky matured…  More info

Bunnahabhain 44 Year Old 1968 (cask 701) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1653.25

Laphroaig Vintage 1977 (bottled 1995)

75cl, 43%
Laphroaig

This right here is a very rare bottle of 1977 vintage Laphroaig, which was bottled in the spring of 1995. Just saying those words will make the ears of every Laphroaig enthusiast in a 25-mile-radius…  More info

Laphroaig Vintage 1977 (bottled 1995)
$1625.89

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000908) - French Oak Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.90%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of the insanely peated Octomore single malt from Bruichladdich distillery. Distilled on 19th March 2008 and matured in a single French oak cask, just 316 bottles were produced…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000908) - French Oak Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$258.74

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 800092) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 57%
Bunnahabhain

Bottled in 2015, this is a 7 year old single malt distilled at Bunnahbahain distillery in 2007 and matured in a single cask. It was bottled with neither artificial colouring nor chill filtration by…  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 800092) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$68.79

Sizzling Charcoal 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the north-east of Islay. It's a 1997 vintage, matured in a single hogshead until 2015, when it was bottled by the wonderful…  More info

Sizzling Charcoal 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$90.36

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)
$893.21

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 59.30%
Caol Ila

Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead. Distilled in April 2003, it was bottled in September 2015 by Gleann Mór at a hearty 59.3% abv!  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.39

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

A 19 year old Caol Ila, presented as part of the long-running Old Malt Cask range of independently bottled whiskies. The whisky was put into its hogshead by the Islay-based distillery in August 1996…  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 12159) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$96.82

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 374 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

From the Hepburn's Choice range of independently bottled Scotch whiskies comes an 8 year old Bunnahabhain, distilled on the island of Islay in 2007 and matured in a single hogshead. It was bottled by…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 374 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$53.63

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