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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.

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
6
$96.91

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bowmore

Matured in a single Sherry butt for fifteen years, 468 bottles of this Bowmore were released by Douglas Laing in December 2015 as part of their Old Particular range.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 10794) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$120.05

Caol Ila - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 55%
Caol Ila

Hold the phone, the Paps of Jura? Prince Vuntan?! I know that view! It's the view from the still room at Caol Ila! I recognise this label too, except this one says "Batch 2" on it... [Jake has…  More info

Caol Ila - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$58.12

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
89
$47.82

Bruichladdich A Final Act Of Creation 23 Year Old 1992

70cl, 52%
Bruichladdich

A final act of creation from Jim McEwan, bottled from his own legendary Château Latour 1992 cask dubbed "Princess Diana". It's bottled at 52% to mark Jim's 52 years in the business! Just 220 of these…  More info

Bruichladdich A Final Act Of Creation 23 Year Old 1992
$2242.36

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
$74.38

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55%
Port Ellen

Ah, Port Ellen, how we love you. And by 'we' I don't just mean us at MoM towers, whisky fans around the world adore this legendary malt from an Islay distillery that shut down in 1983. Diageo's…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)
$2782.21

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)
$78.73

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
$72.67

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 27 year old, single cask Port Ellen, need we say more? Well, just in case we'll add that it was distilled in Spring 1983 (just before the legendary distillery closed for good) and was bottled in…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
2

Caol Ila Moch

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.  More info

Caol Ila Moch
9
$50.17

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

A 5 year old, independently bottled, quarter-cask-finish Caol ila single malt here, bottled by the folks at Langside for their Hepburn's Choice series. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2015…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$61.71

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór) 57.8%

70cl, 57.80%
Ardbeg

214 bottles emerged from a single cask in September 2015, having been maturing since April 2003. The colour, obviously, is natural and this independently bottled Ardbeg single malt is also non…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór) 57.8%
$107.11

Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961

70cl, 40.70%
Bowmore

Distilled on a very, very cold (as Bowmore like to emphasise) 22nd December in 1961, when 500 litres of new make were filled into a pair of American oak bourbon hogsheads. After 50 long years in…  More info

Bowmore 50 Year Old 1961
$19393.33

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 (bottled 2016) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.30%
Bowmore

Bottled in January 2016 by Gleann Mór, this is a 13 year old Bowmore single cask whisky from Islay. No chill filtration nor artificial colouring has been used and the outturn was just 204 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 (bottled 2016) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$90.85

Laphroaig 18 Year Old

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

The hotly anticipated Laphroaig eighteen year-old. This expression replaced the fifteen year-old and comes at a higher strength. This is a much more exclusive affair with a powerful punch. Awesome…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old
57

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

70cl, 55%
Ardbeg

Released in 2016, this Committee Release of Dark Cove was matured in ex-bourbon and "dark Sherry casks" for "The Darkest Ardbeg Ever". Whilst the colour isn't actually that dark at all, those dark…  More info

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release
$242.35

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
$781.79

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release

70cl, 55%
Ardbeg

The 2014 're-entry' Committee Release of Ardbeg's celebrated Supernova, sought-after super-peaty whisky from this famous Islay distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release
$442.42

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

70cl, 55.40%
Lagavulin

A special bottling of Lagavulin for the 2015 Islay Jazz Festival (released a little later that year), matured in refill American oak as well as European oak casks. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015
$515.14

Bowmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A comparatively recent release from Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old
15
$85.12

Caol Ila Moch - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A nice gift set including a bottle of Caol Ila Moch, 2x Classic Malts tasting glasses and a recipe book (in French).  More info

Caol Ila Moch - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$54.21

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! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)
$1029.06

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A bottling of Port Ellen single malt distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old collection. The impressive whiskies from this closed Islay distillery are extremely sought…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$819.33

Bruichladdich 7 Year Old Quadruple-Distilled Octomore - Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 69.50%
Bruichladdich

A quadruple (!) distilled Octomore, this dangerous, perilous 'usquebaugh-baul' came off the still at 89% abv but has retained an extraordinary amount of flavour. Just 1,695 bottles have been…  More info

Bruichladdich 7 Year Old Quadruple-Distilled Octomore - Feis Ile 2014
1
$605.97

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