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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.

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1993 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 47.5%
Bruichladdich

Distilled at Bruichladdich on 7th May 1993 and bottled as part of our Single Cask Series on 31st May 2016, this stunning Islay single malt matured for over 23 years in a single second fill hogshead!  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1993 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$160.58

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
13
$63.36

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 372) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

An excellent indie Islay here from Murray McDavid's ace Benchmark range. One of a trio of 14 year old Laphroaig bottling, this one was drawn from cask #372, a first fill bourbon barrel that held the…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 372) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$121.48

Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Release

70cl, 57.1%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg Corryvreckan, this is a the Committee Reserve bottling, released in 2008 to great critical acclaim. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Release

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2014 Release)

70cl, 45.1%
Laphroaig

An exceptional 2014 release from Laphroaig, this superb Islay single malt has been matured for 25 years in a combination of first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks and ex-American bourbon barrels, then…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old Cask Strength (2014 Release)
1
$437.71

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Described by the distillers as being "a dram for the connoisseur and the enlightened student of peat", Octomore 10 was distilled from the world's most heavily peated barley. It was aged for 10 years…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 10 Year Old
1
$501.94

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.4%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore, presented as part of Murray McDavid's illustrious Mission Gold indie bottling series! It was distilled in 1989, initially matured in a bourbon barrel and finished in a Chateau…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$362.44

Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

For Bruichladdich's 2016 Fèis Ìle release, the Islay-based distillery created an expression using whisky drawn from first-fill bourbon, Sherry and French wine casks. It was also given a finishing…  More info

Bruichladdich Fèis Ìle 2016
$158.47

Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2016

70cl, 54.9%
Bowmore

Released during Fèis Ìle 2016, this Bowmore single malt was maturated in a combination of American virgin oak casks and Europeans Oloroso Sherry casks. The use of virgin oak casks is not all that…  More info

Bowmore Fèis Ìle 2016
$179.67

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 - if you'd…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release
$343.47

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2009 Release)

70cl, 57.9%
Lagavulin

The hotly anticipated 2009 release of the cask-strength Lagavulin 12 year-old. Undoubtedly one of the best cask-strength whiskies. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (2009 Release)
1
$211.31

Bowmore Feis Ile 2013

70cl, 56.5%
Bowmore

Bowmore’s festival bottling for Fèis Ìle 2013 was a bourbon matured release of just 1,000 bottles. It's cask strength, non chill-filtered and very yummy. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore Feis Ile 2013
$200.79

Bowmore 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 9007) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 50.4%
Bowmore

Well, well, well. Would you look at this - 41 year old Bowmore! This is the kind of thing that whisky enthusiasts would see and not be able to hold back some sort of "Cor blimey!" or other…  More info

Bowmore 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 9007) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)
$1549.02

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10594) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.1%
Caol Ila

An Xtra Old Particular bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay. It was distilled by Caol Ila in February 1979 and matured in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10594) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$346.09

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 47%
Ardbeg

This is a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the much-love Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay, aged in a trio of barrels which matured the whisky from 2001 to 2016. A release of 682…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)
$165.34

Port Charlotte PC5

70cl, 63.5%
Bruichladdich

This was distilled by Bruichladdich in 2001 and aged for 5 years. Now incredibly rare, PC5 was the first in the incredible Port Charlotte range, some of the most heavily peated whisky from…  More info

Port Charlotte PC5

Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Cask (2016 Edition)

70cl, 51.6%
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)
$169.04

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

100cl, 46.3%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain's Eirigh Na Greine was originally released for the Travel Retail market, with its name meaning 'Morning Sky' in Gaelic. A portion of this single malt was matured in red wine casks,…  More info

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine
$66.21

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured (bottled 2016)

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

The first ever Kilchoman single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in casks that previously held intensely sweet Sauternes wine! Distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2016, this intriguing Islay should…  More info

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured (bottled 2016)
1
$79.19

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.2%
Ardbeg

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release
$264.20

Bowmore 1987 (bottled 2015) (cask 15023) - Angel's Choice (Malts of Scotland)

35cl, 51.3%
Bowmore

Islay whisky enthusiasts will want to pay attention to this one - a well-Sherried single cask Bowmore! It was distilled in 1987 and aged in a Sherry hogshead until 2015, when German bottler Malts of…  More info

Bowmore 1987 (bottled 2015) (cask 15023) - Angel's Choice (Malts of Scotland)

Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

70cl, 56.1%
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
$184.94

Bruichladdich Heavily Peated 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 391) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%
Bruichladdich

Single cask heavily peated single malt from the excellent Bruichladdich distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in June 2002 and set aside to age for 10 years before being bottled…  More info

Bruichladdich Heavily Peated 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 391) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Lg5 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)

50cl, 54.8%
Lagavulin

Independently bottled Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Speciality Drinks Elements of Islay range. Rich and smoky, as we've come to expect from Lagavulin.  More info

Lg5 - Elements of Islay (Lagavulin)
$58.07

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11073) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Coal Ila distillery on the island of Islay, matured in a refill hogshead from December 2010 to March 2016. It has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11073) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
1
$48.61

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