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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 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg, and a very handsome one at that! This is a 25 year old Ardbeg, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by the chaps from Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$503.38

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

70cl, 52%
Ardbeg

If your 'Ardbeg-senses' just started tingling, it's likely because we've independently bottled a fantastic 12 year old Ardbeg single malt! This was distilled in April 2003 and matured in a refill…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
3
$152.01

Bruichladdich Octomore Futures

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Rarer than hen's teeth this one. Special pre-release bottling of Bruichladdich's Octomore - the most heavily peated whisky in the world. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore Futures

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 159) Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.5%
Bruichladdich

A 24 year old Bruichladdich bottled in 2015 by Signatory for Maison du Whisky and released for Whisky Live Paris 2015. The outturn was 506 bottles from a single Sherry butt.  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 159) Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$149.33

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 12787) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 59.8%
Laphroaig

From the Hunter Laing First Editions range (which was given a redesign in the latter half of 2016) comes a 15 year old single malt distilled by Laphroaig on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 2001 (cask 12787) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$166.54

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 51.1%
Bunnahabhain

A Highland Laird bottling of some rather well-aged Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky! This was distilled in 1987, matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled 26 years later by Bartels Whisky. The…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

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
8
$59.73

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 56.1%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled, heavily peated Bunnahabhain! This 7 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay was distilled in 2006 and matured in a single cask until 2014, when it was…  More info

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$50.92

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1982 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 60.1%
Caol Ila

Well-aged Islay single malt here, folks! It's a 34 year old Caol Ila, bottled by WM Cadenhead as part of their Small Batch range. It was distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2016 with a small outturn of…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1982 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$186.16

Bunnahabhain 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 12145) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 47.9%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 42 years in a refill Sherry butt, from December 1973 to January 2016. This was bottled by the chaps at Signatory for their…  More info

Bunnahabhain 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 12145) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$892.78

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000894) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 65.6%
Bruichladdich

A 7 year old super-heavily peated Octomore single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery. It was matured in a bourbon cask for 7 years, from 2008 to 2015, before being bottled as part…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000894) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$260.87

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
$83.69

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.1%
Bruichladdich

Distilled in April 1989 at Bruichladdich, this 26 year old independent release from a single refill hogshead filled 225 bottles in September 2015. A well aged Islay malt from Douglas Laing's Extra…  More info

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$183.72

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie bottling of Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the Coal Ila distillery, drawn fro a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in 2008 and cracked open in 2016. This is a Strictly Limited…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$42.22

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275

70cl, 55.4%
Ardbeg

An astonishing 11 year old single cask from Ardbeg - stunning in flavour and very, very rare. This was distilled in 1998 and aged in cask 1275 (a first fill bourbon barrel) before bottling in 2009 -…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275
$938.60

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

75cl, 46.5%
Ardbeg

Give the gift of delicious Ardbeg! This set contains a 70cl bottle of the wonderful Ardbeg 10 Year Old as well as a 5cl miniature of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Comes in a very cool box too. Result.  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack
$47.14

Bowmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 25 year old from the Bowmore distillery aged in American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. The sherry influence combines wonderfully with the coastal, smoky distillery style to create a sublime…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old
4
$298.83

Lagavulin 1998 (bottled 2014) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

This Malts & Food Gift Set contains a bottle of the excellent Lagavulin Distillers Edition (which was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2014 after enjoying a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks)…  More info

Lagavulin 1998 (bottled 2014) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$81.07

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2451) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 49.8%
Bunnahabhain

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay, matured in a single cask for 26 long years! For over a quarter of a century, from 1987 to…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2451) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
1
$123.97

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 42.9%
Bunnahabhain

An indie Bunnah, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd! This Bunnahabhain was distilled on the island of Islay in 1989 and matured in cask #5716 for 24 years before being bottled by the legendary wine and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$109.66

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1998 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.2%
Laphroaig

An independent bottling of 17 year old single malt from the Laphroaig distillery on the south coast of Islay, aged in a single cask from 1998 to November 2015. It was bottled by the fine folks at WM…  More info

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1998 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
$204.47

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11363) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A Douglas Laing bottling of 10 year old single malt from the legendary Laphroaig distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was matured in a single refill hogshead from November 2005 to August 2016, when…  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11363) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$65.72

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 - Ancien Regime

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The first of two special releases to mark the acquisition and rebirth of Bruichladdich distillery, distilled in 1998 under the previous ownership. 2,500 bottles were produced, matured in bourbon…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 - Ancien Regime
$85.42

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
2
$414.25

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Another tremendous release of Sherry matured peated single malt from Kilchoman. Taken from 17 Oloroso casks, a combination of first fill and refill, this is their oldest Lock Gorm to date with every…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016 Release
2
$69.03

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