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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.

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Icecream" - we…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990
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Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1482) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Islay whiskies are very popular these days, and with bottles like this 23 year old Caol Ila being incredibly tasty, we're not surprised! This bottling comes from Montgomerie's Rare Select collection.  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1482) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$167.71

Laphroaig Brodir

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig's Brodir single malt Scotch whisky was originally released to the Travel Retail market. You can probably guess what 'Brodir' means in ancient Norse - of course, it's 'Brother'. For this…  More info

Laphroaig Brodir
$108.11

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.60%
Ardbeg

Hold on to your hats, folks, because we've gone and bottling some 23 year old Ardbeg! That's right, our Single Cask Series grows larger with the addition of a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2003 (cask 1149) - Artist #4 (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 58.80%
Bunnahabhain

A 2003 vintage Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Single Sherry butt for over 10 years. It was bottled for La Maison du Whisky's 4th edition Artist range in 2014 with an outturn of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2003 (cask 1149) - Artist #4 (La Maison Du Whisky)
$95.97

Ardbog (Ardbeg)

70cl, 52.10%
Ardbeg

A limited edition Ardbeg released during the Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of bourbon as well as some Manzanilla sherry casks, it was produced for 'Ardbog Day', which was celebrated…  More info

Ardbog (Ardbeg)
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$144.17

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Escape Pack With 2 "Shortie" Glasses

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

An awesome gift box from Ardbeg, featuring a 70cl bottle of their classic 10 year old expression, along with two "shortie" tasting glasses. No, they don't have a picture of Ardbeg's cheerful dog,…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Escape Pack With 2
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$60.04

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

The 2014 release of Kilchoman's Machir Bay single malt Scotch whisky is here! For the third release in the series, Kilchoman have produced a vatting of 5 and 6 year old ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release
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$47.42

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 60.30%
Bruichladdich

One of two Bruichladdich single malts released in mid 2015 as part of the Darkness! range. This one was treated to a finishing period in a specially coopered, 50-litre Oloroso Sherry cask. The…  More info

Darkness! Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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Smokey Joe Islay Malt

70cl, 46%
The Leading Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd

A blended malt made up of different Islay single malt whiskies. We're not sure which ones, exactly, but we do know that it tastes delicious!  More info

Smokey Joe Islay Malt
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$42.45

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release

70cl, 54.30%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg, in case you didn't know, sent some maturing spirit into space. Or, more accurately, tubes of "Ardbeg-crafted molecules" that also contained sticks of charred oak. The idea was to compare…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release
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$474.76

Port Charlotte - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.40%
Bruichladdich

Give a warm welcome to the first batch of Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! A massively impressive expression with a very scientific label. You see…  More info

Port Charlotte - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Kilchoman 2011 Madeira Cask

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

Ooh, Madeira cask-matured Kilchoman single malt Scotch whisky? Yes please! Back in 2011, Islay's farm distillery filled up 17 casks which had previously held Madeira wine and set them aside to age.…  More info

Kilchoman 2011 Madeira Cask
$98.44

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 532) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Fan's of Bowmore's wonderful peaty Islay whisky will be rather excited about this - an independent bottling of 23 year old Bowmore single malt, bottled by Montgomerie's for their Rare Select range.…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 532) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$168.70

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

70cl, 41.70%
Bunnahabhain

Good gosh - 40 year old Bunnahbhain single malt Scotch whisky! This was released by the Islay distillery in the latter-half of 2012, with just 750 bottles produced. Expect big, exciting things from…  More info

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old
$3118.93

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 3322) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 52%
Laphroaig

Another release from the Duncan Taylor Single collection - this one a tempting Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 18 years. It was distilled in April 1997 and bottled…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 3322) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$282.23

Lagavulin - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.50%
Lagavulin

A hugely exciting release from That Boutique-y Whisky Company - this is their first batch of independently bottled Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. Not only is this some excellent whisky from a…  More info

Lagavulin - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 160) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.70%
Bruichladdich

Sherried Bruichladdich, anyone? This is an independently bottled single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, matured in a single refill hogshead from September 1990 to June…  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 160) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$155.92

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 800153 + 800154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.50%
Bowmore

A Signatory bottling of two consecutive hogsheads of Bowmore single malt distilled in 1998. The total outturn was 244 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 800153 + 800154) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$124.97

Ardbeg Perpetuum

70cl, 47.40%
Ardbeg

In 1815, the Ardbeg distillery was founded by John McDougall on the Isle of Islay. In 2015, Ardbeg Perpetuum was released during Fèis Ìle 2015 in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Dr. Bill…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum
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$118.93

Bw5 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)

50cl, 50.20%
Bowmore

From the Speciality Drinks Periodic-Table-influenced Elements of Islay range comes the fifth edition of "Bw". Good balance of citrus fruit and classic Bowmore smoke with this one.  More info

Bw5 - Elements of Islay (Bowmore)
$102.10

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 60.40%
Caol Ila

It's not every day you see unpeated Caol Ila, but it's part of Diageo's Special Releases for a reason - it's a bit special, it is. Released for the 2014 collection of Special Releases, this edition…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1998 Unpeated (2014 Special Release)
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$96.10

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 7)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This is Batch 7 of Adelphi's Liddesdale, featuring a 21 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled at 46%. The series used to not disclose which distillery the whisky came…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 7)
$109.44

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 2998) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 51.60%
Bruichladdich

A very well-aged Bruichladdich from Berry Brothers & Rudd dating to the Whyte & Mackay era.  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 2998) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$136.70

Laphroaig 32 Year Old

70cl, 46.60%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig's 200th anniversary celebrations have been leading up to this extraordinary bottling of rare single malt Scotch whisky from Islay all through 2015. Just 5,880 bottles of this exclusively…  More info

Laphroaig 32 Year Old
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$901.43

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