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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.

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)

70cl, 56.10%
Port Ellen

A rather flash release selected by Jumping Jack for Whisky Plus - a 1982 vintage Port Ellen!  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)
$1023.26

Lagavulin 25 Year Old (Special Release 2002)

70cl, 57.20%
Lagavulin

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Rare, massively exciting and extremely sought after peated cask strength single malt whisky from Lagavulin distillery on Islay! 9,000 bottles were released as part of Diageo's…  More info

Lagavulin 25 Year Old (Special Release 2002)
$1175.12

Laphroaig 23 Year Old 1991 Vintage

70cl, 52.60%
Laphroaig

A 1991 vintage Laphroaig, bottled at 23 years of age. It was matured in a combination of first fill Sherry casks and refill hogsheads, resulting in touches of spicy, wine-like sweetness surrounding…  More info

Laphroaig 23 Year Old 1991 Vintage

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

The Distillers Editions from Islay distillers Lagavulin are scrummy little numbers indeed, combining the powerful peatiness their expressions are known for, with the sweet sticky notes of Pedro…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$108.24

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

70cl, 46.30%
Bunnahabhain

This entry level Bunnahabhain bottling comes in a redesigned bottle. This 12 year old is lightly peated for an Islay single malt and consequently is a light, fresh dram. Now at the higher strength of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
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$45.67

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

This is the 2015 release of Kilchoman's fantastic Loch Gorm well-Sherried single malt Scotch whisky. For the 2015 release, along with whisky which was matured in Oloroso Sherry butts (as the previous…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release
$77.07

Laphroaig 15 Year Old (200th Anniversary Edition)

70cl, 43%
Laphroaig

In 1815, the Laphroaig distillery was founded on Islay. In 2015, the distillery celebrates its 200th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they've brought back their 15 Year Old single malt Scotch…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old (200th Anniversary Edition)
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$83.77

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

50cl, 55.60%
Bruichladdich

12 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Darkness! range after enjoying a finishing period in a specially coopered, 50 litre Pedro Ximénez cask. Such a small cask, but the…  More info

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
$90.34

Coastal Confection 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Another fantastic Wemyss Malts independently bottled whisky here, this time from the renowned Bowmore distillery on Islay. It was distilled in 1996 and left to age in a hogshead cask until 2015, when…  More info

Coastal Confection 1996 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$94.13

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old 1999 (bottled 2015) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 50.40%
Bruichladdich

From Gleann Mór's A Rare Find selection comes an independently bottled 16 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in April 1999 and bottled in November 2015. A release of 163…  More info

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old 1999 (bottled 2015) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.39

Bowmore Legend

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.  More info

Bowmore Legend
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Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10706) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.50%
Bruichladdich

A Douglas Laing bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Particular range. It was distilled all the way back in November 1993 and set aside to mature in a…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 10706) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$145.47

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
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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)
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$517.14

Ardbeg Galileo

70cl, 49%
Ardbeg

The rumour mill has been rumbling about this Ardbeg release for some time. In April 2012 Ardbeg sent some of their new-make spirit up into space to make Ardbeg the first inter-stellar whisky, so it…  More info

Ardbeg Galileo
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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.)
$84.30

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A limited edition presentation of the classic Ardbeg 10 Year Old, with a box featuring a tractor pulling a massive bottle of Ardbeg on it! We all fondly remember Ardbeg's TracTOUR, and we just can't…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve
$49.12

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 Bourbon Cask - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.30%
Bruichladdich

From our Master of Malt Single Cask Series comes a brilliant first-fill bourbon cask matured Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, presented at a generous 57.3% ABV. It was distilled on the isle…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 2002 Bourbon Cask - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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$107.20

Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 – PX

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Subtitled after Julio Cortázar's short story La Noche Bocca Arriba, Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 is a 21 year old whisky which was aged in American oak and finished in rich, sweet Pedro Ximenez sherry…  More info

Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 – PX
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$144.57

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.20%
Ardbeg

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock.  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release
$392.31

Bruichladdich Octomore 4.2 Comus

70cl, 61%
Bruichladdich

Please note: The tube has a slight dent but this is still an incredibly sought after piece. This is an interesting one. Octomore Comus is peated to an immense 167ppm, then finished in sauternes…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 4.2 Comus
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$247.01

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004

50cl, 57.50%
Bruichladdich

A special release from Bruichladdich for the 2010 Islay Festival, this was distilled in 2004 and aged in a fresh sherry butt (cask number 1667) before bottling as part of an outturn of 1060 50cl…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004
$78.29

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There

70cl, 54.10%
Ardbeg

Please note: There is some miniscule damage to the box but this is still an incredibly handsome piece from Ardbeg. The penultimate part in the Young series from Ardbeg, spanning the development of…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There
$180.79

Bruichladdich Black Art III 22 Year Old 1989

70cl, 48.70%
Bruichladdich

This is the third release of the Bruichladdich Black Arts series. The recipe is kept a strict secret and the bottle features the arcane symbols seen on earlier releases.  More info

Bruichladdich Black Art III 22 Year Old 1989
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$277.14

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
$144.57

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