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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.

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 1339) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 59.50%
Bruichladdich

An independent single cask bottling of Bruichladdich single malt, aged in a 'fresh ex-Oloso Sherry hogshead' from July 2006 to January 2016. This well Sherried piece of Islay gorgeousness was bottled…  More info

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 1339) - Svenska Eldvatten
$109.08

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 452) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 59.20%
Bruichladdich

A Swedish independent bottling of Scotch single malt from the Islay distillery of Bruichladdich. Matured in a single Sherry hogshead, the outturn was 264 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 452) - Svenska Eldvatten
$108.96

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 511) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 60.20%
Bruichladdich

Wowsers, first fill Oloroso cask matured Bruichladdich from Svenska Eldvatten! The outturn from the single cask was 285 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 511) - Svenska Eldvatten
$104.40

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 1407) - Svenska Eldvatten

70cl, 59.20%
Bruichladdich

11 year old single cask (bourbon barrel) Bruichladdich from Svenska Eldvatten, distilled in November 2004 and bottled in November 2015. It's nice to taste some more Islay whiskies from these chaps…  More info

Bruichladdich 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 1407) - Svenska Eldvatten
$104.16

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
$296.42

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1980 (The Whisky Agency/La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 45.80%
Bunnahabhain

A joint bottling from The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky, this 33 year old Bunahabhain single malt was matured in a single ex-Sherry butt. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1980 (The Whisky Agency/La Maison du Whisky)
$181.16

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.10%
Caol Ila

Very well-aged Caol Ila - whisky enthusiast's ears perk up at just the mere uttering of the phrase! This is a 35 year old Caol Ila, distilled in September 1980 matured in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1980 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$523.13

Kilchoman Machir Bay

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Kilchoman's Machir Bay is an excellent single malt Scotch whisky from the isle of Islay. The distillers use whisky which has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay
8
$47.50

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$67.64

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 365) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

One of a trio of 14 year old single cask Laphroaig bottlings from Murray McDavid's Benchmark range - this one was matured in bourbon barrel number #365 from 2001 to October 2015. A release of 170…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 365) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$126.70

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

50cl, 55.90%
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
$102.46

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 58.50%
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
9
$154.25

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small…  More info

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured
10
$40.59

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus

70cl, 61%
Bruichladdich

Not only is Bruichladdich Octomore the world's most heavily peated whisky, at 140 ppm, this astonishingly complex whisky has also been finished (or ACEd (Additional Cask Enhancement) in…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus
2
$633.75

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna

100cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

Cruach Mhóna is gaelic for a pile of drying peat bricks and follows on from Toiteach (gaelic for smoky) as a peaty offering from Bunnahabhain. Although Islay is famed for its peat, Bunnahabhain's…  More info

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna
3
$87.96

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.10%
Caol Ila

Sure to be a favourite of the 2014 Special Releases this is a 30 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1983 and matured in a mix of refill American and European oak casks. 7,638 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)
5
$462.93

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 4th Edition

70cl, 49.30%
Bruichladdich

This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's very popular DNA whisky. It's made using some of the very best stock from the distillery, distilled in 1985 and aged for 27 years before bottling.…  More info

Bruichladdich DNA 1985 4th Edition
$296.42

Bruichladdich Cuvee 382 - La Berenice

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This is one of a trio of superb 21 year old single malts from Bruichladdich - the Cuvee range. Cuvee 382 "La Berenice" was matured in American oak casks before a finish in sweet Barsac and Sauternes…  More info

Bruichladdich Cuvee 382 - La Berenice
1
$141.99

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)

150cl, 51.20%
Caol Ila

One and a half litres of 32 year old Coal Ila! Extraordinary stuff from Hunter Laing's Old & Rare range - matured in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in April 2016.  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)
1
$1422.72

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old

70cl, 54.10%
Bowmore

A cask strength, non-chillfiltered, Spanish-Sherry-butt-finished 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery. As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent!" It has been named Laimrig,…  More info

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old
1

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 3371) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.20%
Laphroaig

Ooh, a single cask Laphroaig single malt, bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection! This was distilled in April 1997, aged in a hogshead for 18 years and bottled in January 2016 at…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 3371) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$175.72

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.70%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg day was released for Feis Ile 2012 but is basically a Committee release. It's a fantastic whisky, and a departure for the distillery which normally releases very limited, exceptional single…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release
$330.62

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.70%
Bruichladdich

As second batch of Port Charlotte peated single malt from Bruichladdich distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Again, the label features Phenol, O-Cresol, M-Cresol, P-Cresol and…  More info

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask

70cl, 55.50%
Bowmore

A rare Bowmore here that was given to employees of Morrison Bowmore in 2012 after the former president of Suntory Mr Keizo Saji's kindly donated the cask to them. The single Sherry cask was…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask
$1537.64

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release

70cl, 57.30%
Ardbeg

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release
5
$385.73

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