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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.

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 40%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of 18 year old single malt from Islay's excellent Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of cask and bottled at cask strength by The Whisky Lounge folks! 600 of these 20cl…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$34.79

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 3573) - The Maltman

70cl, 56.2%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask bottling of 12 year old single malt from the Islay-based Bunnahabhain distillery, independently bottled for The Maltman range! This was distilled in November 2004 and left to mature for…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2004 (cask 3573) - The Maltman
$49.77

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
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$68.97

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 0186) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

It's an independently bottled Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single cask for 9 years! This was distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2015 by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coopers…  More info

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 0186) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11590) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Bowmore

Delicious 20 year old Bowmore, aged in a single cask and independently bottled by Douglas Laing! This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in December 1996 and matured in a refill hoggie until March…  More info

Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11590) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$117.99

Lagavulin 10 Year Old - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 53.7%
Lagavulin

Yarr! It be time for a 'smokey cokey' wit' the ol' shipmates in Lagavulin Bay! That's a Lagavulin single malt and cola to you or me - the sort of thing you might be offered by Diageo whisky…  More info

Lagavulin 10 Year Old - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Laphroaig 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 11517) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.2%
Laphroaig

Single cask Laphroaig? Delicious! This one was distilled back in March 1990 and left to mature for 26 years in a refill hogshead until November 2016, when it was bottled by Douglas Laing for their…  More info

Laphroaig 26 Year Old 1990 (cask 11517) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$392.80

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 (cask 5750) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 43.9%
Bunnahabhain

Tasty 27 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask by Càrn Mòr. This was distilled in October 1989 and left to age in a hogshead cask until January 2017, when the…  More info

Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989 (cask 5750) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$191.85

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter

75cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 30 year old Bowmore, packaged in a handsome opaque black ceramic decanter bottle, with a beautifully painted sea dragon on the bottle. It has a dragon on it, so you know it must be good. This…  More info

Bowmore 30 Year Old Sea Dragon Decanter
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Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

20 year old single malt form Islay's Bowmore distillery, left to aged in a single refill hogshead. This was distilled in September 1996 and bottled by Hunter Laing in February 2017 for the Old Malt…  More info

Bowmore 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 13301) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$118.69

Lp7 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 52.8%
Laphroaig

Another single malt from the Elements of Islay series - this is their seventh "Lp" whisky, from a distillery on the south coast of Islay. Plenty of floral smoke and juicy fruit notes to dig in to…  More info

Lp7 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)
$96.31

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

We love these Douglas Laing Premier Barrel bottlings - tasty independently bottled whisky, presented in decanters that look like they've been swiped right out of a time traveller's pocket. This one…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$50.81

Haven Trail 1990 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1990, aged in a hogshead and bottled in 2016 by Wemyss Malts. As Wemyss often do, they've given it an evocative name to…  More info

Haven Trail 1990 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
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$140.08

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1998 - Old Particular Consortium of Cards (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

The first bottling in Douglas Laing's Consortium of Cards series released under their Old Particular livery. It's an 18 year old Laphroaig, drawn from a single refill butt! The Consortium of Cards…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1998 - Old Particular Consortium of Cards (Douglas Laing)
$147.70

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.2%
Port Ellen

Like most of this year's Special Releases, this is a natural cask strength single malt whisky matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill European oak butts. Unlike most of this year's Special…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)
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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
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Lagavulin Distillery Only

70cl, 52.5%
Lagavulin

A very special Lagavulin, this "distillery only" bottling is made with the remnant of whisky from a previous bottling run of Distiller's Edition. It is then re-casked and left for a few extra years.  More info

Lagavulin Distillery Only
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Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31931) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

14 year old Bowmore single malt, independently bottled by The Single Cask (who also have their own whisky bar of the same name in Singapore). It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in October 2001 and…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31931) - The Single Cask

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.5%
Bowmore

Brilliant Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky from 1989! Who do we have to thank for this wonderful single cask release of 244 bottles? Well, it's the talented folks at Mackillop's, of course. We doff…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11498) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%
Caol Ila

A 20 year old bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the excellent Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in September 1996 and allowed to age in refill hogshead #11498…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 11498) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$111.81

Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 1) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.4%
Bunnahabhain

An very interesting indie bottling from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold - 36 year old Bunnahabhain! Distilled in 1978, this was initially matured in a bourbon barrel before being transferred over to a…  More info

Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 1) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

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
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$82.11

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

70cl, 54.5%
Lagavulin

It's the 2016 edition of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival bottling. A collectable bottle released during their 200th Anniversary year - the whisky was drawn from refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1990 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.1%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, independently bottled by the Glasgow-based North Star Spirits. This was distilled in November 1990 and bottled 26 years later in November…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1990 - North Star Spirits

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

A Douglas Laing Single Minded bottling of 8 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, drawn from a single hogshead which was filled in June 2008 and emptied in September 2016.  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$36.85

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