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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 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 1365) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Signatory bottling of Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2001, left to mature in a refill butt and bottled in March 2014. It was released as part of the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 1365) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$55.21

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 10430) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt, mature in a single Sherry butt (#10430) for 12 years. Coming from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, which celebrates the seasons of distillation, the…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 10430) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$54.59

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)
$67.46

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)
$63.33

Bowmore 12 Year Old Enigma

100cl, 40%
Bowmore

Bowmore Enigma is a 12-year-old expression with a higher proportion of sherry matured whisky than the standard bottling. Bottled for the travel retail market, this is rich and very drinkable.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old Enigma
7
$55.06

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

The Bowmore 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky - sure to have been a wonderful introduction to the coastal, peated whisky of Islay to many a whisky fan. Gentle but distinct peaty notes waft in,…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old With Free Water Jug
$34.91

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

A 13 year old Bowmore distilled in May 1997 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in February 2011. This comes from the Old Malt Cask range, and there are just 297…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$70.80

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 800291/292/294) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A (comparatively) young Islay whisky from Signatory. Peat smoke ho!  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 800291/292/294) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$47.46

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and this bottle has been filled without chill filtration for Signatory's Un-Chill Filtered range.  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
1
$45.14

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.30%
Bowmore

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, an Islay favourite. This was matured in a bourbon hogshead (#65, if you were wondering) from May 2000 to April 2014, bottled just shy of 14…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)
$96.83

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1427+1428) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A 13 year old whisky from Islay's oldest distillery, Bowmore. It has been bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection, so get ready for an awesome independently bottled single malt!…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1427+1428) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$45.55

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled at the oldest Islay distillery, Bowmore, this un-chillfiltered 13 year old was bottled by Signatory. Casks 1432 & 1433 produced some rather fantastic single malt Scotch whisky. 809 bottles…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$47.31

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1441+1442) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Single malt Scotch whisky from that there Bowmore distillery on Islay! Drawn from two consecutive casks, this whisky was bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection in December 2013,…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1441+1442) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$52.86

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)
$73.73

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

WM Cadenhead know their stuff when it comes to brilliant independent bottlings, so we're sure the Islay whisky fans out there will be excited about this 13 year old Bowmore single malt, distilled in…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
1
$54.26

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)
$82.62

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 2166+2170) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Don't want any of that chilfiltering happening anywhere near your whisky? Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection will be the independent bottling range for you, then! This is a 13 year old Bowmore…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 2166+2170) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$69.20

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54%
Bowmore

Distilled at Bowmore in 1994 and matured in refill sherry casks for 14 years before bottling by Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. An outturn of 486 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory

70cl, 58.30%
Bowmore

Mmm… A delicious 14 year old Bowmore distilled on the 13th June 1997 and aged in hogshead 1904 before bottling on the 29th March 2012. A release of 316 numbered bottles from Signatory's Cask Strength…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory
$78.11

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore on the 13th June 1997, and it was aged for 14 years in hogsheads 1906 and 1907 before bottling on the 13th June 2011. A release of 779 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$44.03

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

14 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. 563 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1999 (cask 10146) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.22

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1996 (cask 8034) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.20%
Bowmore

This was distilled at the Bowmore distillery in April of 1996 and aged in refill hogshead 8034 before bottling for the Director's Cut range in January of 2012. A release of 290 single cask, cask…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1996 (cask 8034)  - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)
$116.58

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9808) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

Bottled by Douglas Hunter Laing, this Bowmore single cask whisky was matured for 15 years old. Part of the Old Malt Cask range, only 239 bottles were produced from cask 9808.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9808) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$78.15

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 Cask 1903 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.10%
Bowmore

A rich, smouldering single cask Bowmore from Signatory's superb Cask Strength Collection... This was distilled on the 13th June 1997 before a 15 year maturation in hogshead number 1903 before…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 Cask 1903 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$80.26

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10228) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

15 year old Bowmore single malt, what a treat! This Islay whisky was distilled in January 1998 and left to mature in a single refill hogshead. Many years later, in December 2013, the chaps at Hunter…  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 10228) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$79.89

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