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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.

Bonfires on the Beach 1997 (Wemyss Malts)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A delicious single cask Bunnahabhain distilled in 1997 and bottled by Wemyss Malts in August of 2008. This is a release of just 360 bottles.  More info

Bonfires on the Beach 1997 (Wemyss Malts)
$90.39

Bowmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.70%
Bowmore

This is the first batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Bowmore. This offering is a peaty style with a sherried streak running right through the middle of it. ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’…  More info

Bowmore - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49%
Bowmore

The second batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Bowmore is a smoky, muscular whisky with more than a hint of sherry in the mix. It comes with a rather wonderful comic book illustration of the…  More info

Bowmore - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.80%
Bowmore

One of 306 bottles yielded at 54.7% ABV. The younger bowmores from Adelphi are a stark contrast to the distillery's own younger releases, and stand up well to the (very impressive) Tempest releases.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old (Adelphi)

Bowmore 10 Year Old 1997 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Bowmore

This was distilled in March of 1997, and it was aged in refill hogshead 3538 for 10 years before bottling in May 2008 by Douglas Laing.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 1997 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2000 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore in Autumn of 2000 and aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing in Autumn of 2010. Deliciously malty,…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2000 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9325) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at the Bowmore distillery in Autumn 2002 before a 10 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled for the Provenance range in Winter 2012.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9325) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A winter distillation of Bowmore from indie bottlers Douglas Laing. Part of their Provenance range, this Islay single cask whisky was bottled in spring 2013 after 10 years in a refill hogshead.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old 2002 (cask 9574) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I

70cl, 56.90%
Bowmore

If the chaps at Bowmore are to be believed, the Devil himself once visited the Islay town and hid in a church. But, because the Devil is silly, he hid in a round church which had "no corner for the…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks I
5

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks II

70cl, 56.30%
Bowmore

"What in the Devil's name is this?" Well, good friends, this is the second release of Bowmore's Devil's Casks single malt Scotch whisky, the first of which was released in 2013 (and proved very…  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Devil's Casks II
1
$237.90

Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest Feis Ile 2010

70cl, 55.30%
Bowmore

Bowmore Tempest arrived amidst masses of anticipation. It was a limited release. This is the even more limited, and rather rare, 2010 Feis Ile edition.  More info

Bowmore 10 Year Old Tempest Feis Ile 2010
$140.46

Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof

100cl, 57.10%
Bowmore

Produced for the travel market, Bowmore 100 degrees Proof is a cask-strength, non chill-filtered Bowmore that packs a hefty maritime punch.  More info

Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof
3
$86.47

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Boisdale Collection)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This Bowmore was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd for the Boisdale chain of Scottish bars and restaurants. It is bottled at 46%abv without chill filtration.  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Boisdale Collection)
$47.04

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Cask 7858) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

An 11 year old Bowmore, distilled in September 2000 and aged in a sherry butt before bottling in November 2011. A rich, muscular malt, and part of a release of just 439 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Cask 7858) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled in 2001, this 11 year old Bowmore came from two casks and was subsequently finished in a Pedro Ximinez cask. Bottled by Carn Mor as part of their Strictly Limited range this is a release of…  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2001 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Bowmore 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A very rich, charactered 12 year old Bowmore, bottled by top bottlers, Alchemist. Very distinct, and uniquely Bowmore.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old (Alchemist)
$42.13

Bowmore 12 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

This twelve year old Bowmore distilled in 1989 was bottled by Lombard for their Jewels of Scotland range. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on the island of Islay and is a peated style of single malt…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 (Adelphi)

70cl, 61.90%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore in 1998, and it was aged in refill sherry cask number 800017 before bottling by Adelphi.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 (Adelphi)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

12 year old Bowmore from Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of Non-Chillfiltered, Non Caramel Coloured whisky. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled at Bowmore on the 4th May 1999, this was aged in three bourbon barrels (numbers 800196 thru' '198) before bottling by Signatory on the 26th January 2012. A release of 998 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1999 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10284) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Bowmore

12 year old Bowmore single malt, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. Like us, we're sure you're more than eager to get your hands on some excellent Islay whisky, so don't let…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10284) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

This is a single cask Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in December 2001 and bottled in October 2014 with an…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10919) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

Independently bottles Islay single malt Scotch whisky, distilled by the chaps at the Bowmore distillery. Cask #10919, a refill hogshead, was filled in December 2001 and left to age the whisky for 12…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10919) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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)

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)

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