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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 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

Jim Murray's 2008 World Whisky of the Year! When Ardbeg 10 was released it was the first expression from the distillery not to be chill-filtered. It's a true classic from Islay, and a must have for…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
224
$49.12

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 1973 (Sestante)

75cl, 53.40%
Ardbeg

Few distilleries are as sought after as Islay's Ardbeg. Sestante meanwhile, are a celebrated independent bottling brand of real note who are no longer operating. What then, would it take to top a…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 1973 (Sestante)
$1220.56

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young

70cl, 58.30%
Ardbeg

The first part in the Young series from Ardbeg, tracking the development of Ardbeg whisky, aged for just a few years, all the way up to the standard Ardbeg at 10 years old. Very interesting indeed,…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young
$604.35

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.30%
Ardbeg

This is an independently bottled, single cask, 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, writing that sort of thing is always pretty exciting to do - almost as much as reading it! This Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice
$416.21

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.10%
Ardbeg

Hold the phone, is this an independently bottled, single cask 23 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky?! By Jove it is! A very exciting dram from one of the most renowned distilleries on Islay,…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$584.68

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl, 57.10%
Ardbeg

Malt Advocate's Top Whisky of the Year for 2009! This is one of the legendary Islay malts. We loved the Committee release and we weren't disappointed with this incredible dram. This was released…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
72
$78.40

Ardbeg Uigeadail

70cl, 54.20%
Ardbeg

Uigeadail derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Dark and Mysterious Place' and is named for the Loch from whence Ardbeg draws its waters. Jim Murray's 2009 World Whisky of the Year, this cask-strength…  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail
177
$65.44

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

'Blowing on a Sea Breeze' is that name of this Wemyss Malts independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 209…  More info

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$138.43

Bowmore 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

The heart of the Bowmore range, the 12 year old exhibits some beautiful coastal notes with a gentle peat, it is the balance that the floral element presents that makes this a great entry bottling for…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old
78
$38.06

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11509) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

From one of the most well-loved Scotch distillery - Bowmore out on the Isle of Islay - comes this 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask by Hunter Laing. It was…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11509) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.98

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (casks 2178+2180) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt, drawn from two refill Sherry hogsheads by Signatory! The whisky was distilled by Bowmore in October 2002 and bottled in March 2015 without any chill…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (casks 2178+2180) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$69.45

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 11155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

An independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay, matured in a single refill hoggie for 13 years. It was distilled by Bowmore in December 2001 and bottled in…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 11155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.86

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)
$119.73

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay. This single malt has enjoyed maturation in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
30
$65.07

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
13
$84.89

Bowmore 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 960038) (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.20%
Bowmore

A 1996 vintage bottling of single cask Bowmore, matured for over 19 years! Bottled by the good folk at Adelphi, the outturn was 214 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 960038) (Adelphi)
$129.87

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Bowmore

This is #07 in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range - a 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2014. The Ten series features a selection of whiskies which have been arranged in…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$65.89

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 Port Matured

70cl, 50.80%
Bowmore

A 23 year old single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged completely in port casks to compliment the floral and peaty flavours the Islay distillery is known for. Because it's such a special…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1989 Port Matured
1
$411.00

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.20%
Bowmore

From one of the excellent distilleries on the Island of Islay comes this edition of Mackillop's Choice. Give a warm welcome to the Bowmore 1990, which was distilled in April 1990 and bottled in July…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice
$200.08

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 616) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.90%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore! Filled into a hogshead on 5th March 1991, it emerged on 18th January 2016, almost 25 years later to fill 160 bottles as part of Càrn Mòr's Celebration Of The Cask range.  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 616) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$254.32

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
$338.47

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.10%
Bowmore

A Douglas Laing bottling of 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask. Back in the November 1989, this whisky was distillery on the isle of Islay and…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) -  Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$355.89

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 53.70%
Bowmore

From the Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling range comes a 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in April 1990 and set aside to age in a single bourbon cask until April…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$364.97

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.50%
Bowmore

Released as part of the Tantalus collection, this is an incredible 31 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled by Duncan Taylor. As with all Tantalus releases, it comes with…  More info

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1522.96

Bowmore Black Rock 1l

100cl, 40%
Bowmore

A travel retail release from Bowmore, Black Rock is matured predominantly in Spanish ex-Sherry casks for a sweet-but smoky dram. Plenty of rich fruit, chewy vanilla and peat smoke, all well balanced.…  More info

Bowmore Black Rock 1l
3
$60.24

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