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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
222
$38.94

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

150cl, 51.9%
Ardbeg

Well then, this is pretty bloomin' awesome, isn't it? A 1.5 litre magnum bottle of 25 year old Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare range. The refill…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)
$3,157.68

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl, 57.1%
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
68
$63.19

Ardbeg Uigeadail

70cl, 54.2%
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
166
$52.65

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This is an independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask from 1989 to 2016 before being bottled by the brilliant Wemyss Malts. To give you an idea of…  More info

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$258.29

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
66
$36.75

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 59.5%
Bowmore

Indie Islay whisky here, distilled by Bowmore and bottled by A.D. Rattray! It was distilled back in October 2003 and set aside to age in a bourbon cask for 12 years, before being bottled in July 2016…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$89.39

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Chieftain's bottling of 14 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in April 2002 and allowed to mature in hogshead casks until August…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$74.96

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
31
$57.27

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
17
$84.15

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 53.5%
Bowmore

Brilliant Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky from 1989! Who do we have to thank for this wonderful single cask release of 244 bottles? Well, it's the talented folks at Mackillop's, of course. We doff…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 4290) - Mackillop's Choice
$229.57

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1916) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.6%
Bowmore

24 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky drawn from a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in September 1991 and allowed to mature until September 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Bowmore 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 1916) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$287.46

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

70cl, 55.1%
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)
$310.30

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 48.3%
Bowmore

Matured in selected ex-Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength, this is a special Fèis Ìle 2015 release from Bowmore. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015
$1,048.72

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

70cl, 48.5%
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)
$1,212.03

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971

70cl, 51%
Bowmore

A cask strength 34 year old single malt from Bowmore. This was distilled in 1971 and matured in ex-sherry casks before bottling as part of an outturn of just 960 bottles. The colour is rich and dark…  More info

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971
$2,213.37

Bowmore 9 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

Released in 2016, this is a well-Sherried single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. Whiskies matured in both bourbon and Sherry casks were used for this release, and Bowmore's…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old
2
$29.77

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
13
$52.53

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l

100cl, 43%
Bowmore

From Bowmore's travel retail selection, unveiled in 2014, the Gold Reef is a gorgeous coastal dram, matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. A fantastic Islay single malt.  More info

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l
2
$63.06

Bowmore Legend

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.  More info

Bowmore Legend
18
$36.24

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small…  More info

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured
11
$38.82

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil

70cl, 56.7%
Bowmore

When the folk of Bowmore formed an angry mob to chase the devil out of the church (which is of course round, offering him nowhere to hide), down the road and through the distillery, it was assumed…  More info

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil
18
$200.25

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release

70cl, 51.5%
Bowmore

The first release in Bowmore's Vault Edition series, launched in 2016. This series will explore four of the characteristics found in Bowmore's whiskies after maturing in their No.1 Vaults maturation…  More info

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release
$105.34

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

Released in a trio of travel retail bottlings, Bowmore's White Sands 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky gets matured in ex-bourbon casks, bringing creamy vanilla and thick treacle notes to the…  More info

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old
5
$68.29

Briny Tangle 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A 1990 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Wemyss Malts. This was aged in a hogshead cask from 1990 to 2015, before being bottled at 46% ABV with an outturn of 265 bottles and given…  More info

Briny Tangle 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$264.11

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