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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.

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007

70cl, 57.10%
Bowmore

Distilled 9th February 2000 and matured in a fresh Sherry cask, this was Bowmore's 2007 Fèis Ìle (Islay Festival) bottling. Just 700 bottles were released. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore 7 Year Old 2000 - Feis Ile 2007
$198.51

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 is the first of three whiskies from the distillery's Cuvee range. This Eroica edition was aged in American oak and finished in Limousin oak brandy casks before bottling. It…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica
1
$145.68

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
$220.50

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10798) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.80%
Laphroaig

A 25 year old Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill cask from November 1989 to July 2015. It has been presented by Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular selection, a range reserved…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10798) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$397.02

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 56.10%
Bowmore

One of two Fèis Ìle releases from Bowmore for 2014 and the only festival bottling we didn't manage to get our hands on when we visited that year. The 1,000 bottles sold out straight away you see,…  More info

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014
$192.99

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012

70cl, 54.50%
Lagavulin

Lagavulin's special Islay Jazz Festival release from 2012, matured in a single refill Sherry butt and bottled at cask strength! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2012
$435.62

Darkness! Port Charlotte 6 Year Old Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Hybrid Cask Finish

50cl, 55.90%
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
$102.51

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)
30
$148.83

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Single malt from Islay distilled in 2008 and matured in two hogshead casks and bottled in 2016 by Càrn Mòr. The outturn was 760 bottles of peaty whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
1
$40.10

Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Cask (2016 Edition)

70cl, 51.60%
Laphroaig

Laphroaig Cairdeas (say car-chase), 'For The Friends of Laphroaig'! The 2016 edition is " fully matured" in bourbon barrels, married and then finished in Madeira hogsheads. This bottle was part of…  More info

Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Cask (2016 Edition)
$132.29

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus

70cl, 61%
Bruichladdich

Not only is Bruichladdich Octomore the world's most heavily peated whisky, at 140 ppm, this astonishingly complex whisky has also been finished (or ACEd (Additional Cask Enhancement) in…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.2 Orpheus
2
$634.08

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 55.10%
Caol Ila

Sure to be a favourite of the 2014 Special Releases this is a 30 year old Caol Ila single malt, distilled in 1983 and matured in a mix of refill American and European oak casks. 7,638 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 (2014 Special Release)
5
$463.18

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old DNA 1985 4th Edition

70cl, 49.30%
Bruichladdich

This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's very popular DNA whisky. It's made using some of the very best stock from the distillery, distilled in 1985 and aged for 27 years before bottling.…  More info

Bruichladdich 27 Year Old DNA 1985 4th Edition
$296.57

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 382 - La Berenice

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This is one of a trio of superb 21 year old single malts from Bruichladdich - the Cuvee range. Cuvee 382 "La Berenice" was matured in American oak casks before a finish in sweet Barsac and Sauternes…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 382 - La Berenice
1
$142.07

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
5
$308.79

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)

150cl, 51.20%
Caol Ila

One and a half litres of 32 year old Coal Ila! Extraordinary stuff from Hunter Laing's Old & Rare range - matured in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in April 2016.  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)
1
$1423.48

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old

70cl, 54.10%
Bowmore

A cask strength, non-chillfiltered, Spanish-Sherry-butt-finished 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery. As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent!" It has been named Laimrig,…  More info

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old
1

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.70%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg day was released for Feis Ile 2012 but is basically a Committee release. It's a fantastic whisky, and a departure for the distillery which normally releases very limited, exceptional single…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release
$330.80

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.70%
Bruichladdich

As second batch of Port Charlotte peated single malt from Bruichladdich distillery bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Again, the label features Phenol, O-Cresol, M-Cresol, P-Cresol and…  More info

Port Charlotte 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask

70cl, 55.50%
Bowmore

A rare Bowmore here that was given to employees of Morrison Bowmore in 2012 after the former president of Suntory Mr Keizo Saji's kindly donated the cask to them. The single Sherry cask was…  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1991 President's Selection Keizo Saji's Cask
$1538.45

Lemon Buttered Kippers 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Wemyss bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and bottled 18 years later. The Wemyss folks have given this one the name 'Lemon Buttered Kippers' to suggest what its…  More info

Lemon Buttered Kippers 1997 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$77.55

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release

70cl, 57.30%
Ardbeg

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release
5
$385.93

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11030) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bruichladdich

A well peated, port cask matured 10 year old single malt distilled and released under the port Charlotte name by the Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay. Distilled in October 2005 and…  More info

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11030) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$122.48

Bunnahabhain Infinity 1974 (cask 604) (bottled 2014) - Samaroli

70cl, 43.60%
Bunnahabhain

Matured for around four decades, this is an independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt from Italian bottler Samaroli and their Concept range.  More info

Bunnahabhain Infinity 1974 (cask 604) (bottled 2014) - Samaroli
$542.21

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 2448) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Bunnahabhain bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd, what a fantastic excuse for alliteration and awesome single cask whisky! This Islay single malt aged for 25 years before it was bottled.  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 2448) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
1
$165.09

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