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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 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 59.80%
Caol Ila

12 year old Caol Ila single malt, bottled as part of our very own Single Cask Series! It was drawn from a refill Sherry cask which was filled in April 2003 and opened in September 2015, and has been…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
2
$71.60

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 53.30%
Bowmore

One of two special festival releases from Bowmore for Fèis Ìle 2014, this more expensive bottling is a marriage of first-fill American oak barrel and French wine barrique. It was matured for 24 years…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 - Feis Ile 2014
$1077.76

Lagavulin 1997 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

From the Lagavulin distillery on the island of Islay comes the 1997 Distillers Edition, a fantastic single malt which has been maturing since 1997 and enjoyed a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez cask…  More info

Lagavulin 1997 (bottled 2013) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
11
$84.43

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 48.30%
Bowmore

Matured in selected ex-Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength, this is a special Fèis Ìle 2015 release from Bowmore. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015
$1074.67

Bruichladdich Octomore 2004 - The Beast

70cl, 60.50%
Bruichladdich

A very rare bottling of Bruichladdich's Octomore - this release was initially only available at the distillery! Weighing in at 167 PPM, this is a very smoky, delicious treat. This bottle was part…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 2004 - The Beast
$330.62

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 35cl

35cl, 40%
Laphroaig

A half bottle of the iconic, medicinal 10 year Islay's bestselling distillery, Laphroaig. This is a massive, punchy dram, it is said the medicinal character is from the high moss content in the peat.  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 35cl
9
$26.30

Bunnahabhain Toiteach

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Toiteach is Gaelic for "Smoky", a hint of what's to come. That's right, a heavily peated Bunnahabhain! A great chance to try a smoky malt from a distiller of gentle, fruity Islay whisky.  More info

Bunnahabhain Toiteach
12
$66.08

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Laphroaig

A litre bottling of Laphroaig's QA Cask single malt Scotch whisky, which is initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before ensuring a finishing period in charred American white oak casks. With this…  More info

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l
6
$62.78

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)
$66.25

Bowmore 9 Year Old Feis Ile 2009

70cl, 57.10%
Bowmore

This very special Bowmore was distilled on the 14th June 1999 and it was aged in sherry, bourbon and wine casks in warehouse 6 before bottling in 2009 for that year's Feis Ile. A release of 900…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old Feis Ile 2009
$209.42

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 5

70cl, 55.90%
Bowmore

From the oldest distillery on Islay comes the fifth release of Bowmore's 10 year old Tempest single malt Scotch whisky. This annual release is matured in first-fill bourbon casks and presented at…  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 5
7
$50.04

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 56.80%
Port Ellen

An independently bottled Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 and bottled 2016 by German bottler Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1982, the year before the distillery was closed, and bottled in 2016.…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland
$1206.96

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10951) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Laphroaig matured in a single cask, quite a treat! Distilled in October 1997, this single malt spent 18 years in a refill hogshead beofre being bottled in December 2015 by…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10951) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$121.58

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 10822) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.60%
Bunnahabhain

A citrus-and-barley-rich single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the isle of Islay, matured in a single refill hogshead for 24 years. It was distilled in November 1990 and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 10822) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$140.81

Laphroaig Lore

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

Created by Distillery Manager John Campbell, Laphroaig Lore is said to be the richest ever Laphroaig! Named after the skills passed down over the generations, this permanent addition to the range is…  More info

Laphroaig Lore
10
$85.92

Lagavulin 1991 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 59.90%
Lagavulin

A 'triple matured' single malt distilled in 1991, matured in bourbon casks with a short period in PX Sherry buts and finally a long, gentle third maturation in old puncheons. Bottled at 59.9% abv in…  More info

Lagavulin 1991 - Feis Ile 2015
1
$710.95

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.10%
Ardbeg

Peat and Sherry is a combination that not everybody loves, but when it works... Wow. Also, if you subscribe to the formula 'one yummy thing + another yummy thing = a super yummy thing!' then this may…  More info

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
4
$321.80

Laphroaig PX Cask Triple Matured

100cl, 48%
Laphroaig

The Laphroaig PX Cask is made with whisky matured in three types of cask - American oak casks, Quarter casks and the titular Pedro Ximénez casks. This leads to a flavour profile which ties together…  More info

Laphroaig PX Cask Triple Matured
8
$88.13

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 54.70%
Lagavulin

Taken from European oak Sherry butts specially selected by Iain McArthur, this Fèis Ìle 2014 bottling of Lagavulin was distilled back in 1995 and stood out as one of the best festival release of the…  More info

Lagavulin 1995 - Feis Ile 2014
$578.68

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)
$60.08

Lagavulin Distillery Only

70cl, 52.50%
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
2
$413.34

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.80%
Ardbeg

Ooh, a single cask Ardbeg here, bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. This was distilled by the legendary Islay distillery in 2000 and aged in a Sherry butt until 2016, when it was…  More info

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland
$197.31

Lagavulin 8 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 48%
Lagavulin

Back in the 1880s Alfred Barnard, author of The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, enjoyed an 8 year old Lagavulin he described as "exceptionally fine". As part of their 200th anniversary…  More info

Lagavulin 8 Year Old - 200th Anniversary Edition
18
$58.37

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)
$203.92

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Made from barley harvested at Rockside Farm, Islay, in 2006 and distilled in 2007. The specially selected grain, the slow distillation and carefully considered casks were vital in creating this…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007
7
$50.87

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