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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.

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
12
$72.34

Bunnahahain 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800098) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 6 year old single cask Bunnahabhain distilled in 2006 and bottled in early 2013 by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It will come as no surprise that no artificial colouring was added to this one.  More info

Bunnahahain 6 Year Old 2006 (cask 800098) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$66.14

Bunnhabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

From the Malts of Scotland independently bottling selection comes a single cask Bunnahabhain single malt, distilled in 2005, aged in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV. 278 bottles of…  More info

Bunnhabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$82.06

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.30%
Caol Ila

An 11 year old Caol Ila, bottled by the wonderful chaps at Gordon & MacPhail! This is a blend of whiskies drawn from four casks filled by the outstanding Islay distillery - it was distilled in…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2004 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$69.19

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
89
$47.61

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 55.90%
Caol Ila

Another year and another delicious unpeated Caol Ila at the affordable end of Diageo's Special Releases In fact, this is now the tenth release in the series. At 17 years old, it's the oldest yet too,…  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1997 Unpeated (Special Release 2015)
1
$108.54

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A wonderfully balanced expression from the core Caol Ila range, this 18 year old is malty and thick with notes of Caol Ila smoke and phenols, a lovely Islay single malt without extreme levels of peat.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old
15
$99.54

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$74.05

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whiksy, presented as part of the long-running Connoisseurs Choice range by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled on the isle of Islay in 2003 and…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.26

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

It's the 2003 vintage Caol Ila Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine. It was distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015 at 43%…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$87.66

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.60%
Caol Ila

Well aged Caol Ila, anyone? Oh yes, this is a single cask bottling of 25 year old single malt from the legendary Islay distillery, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing.…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$313.74

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.60%
Caol Ila

A Signatory bottling of cask strength Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead for 31 years. It was distilled by the Islay distillery in November 1983 and bottled in February…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$383.72

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)

150cl, 51.20%
Caol Ila

One and a half litres of 32 year old Coal Ila! Extraordinary stuff from Hunter Laing's Old & Rare range - matured in a refill hogshead, it was bottled in April 2016.  More info

Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5l)
$1557.50

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

70cl, 47.10%
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)
$464.56

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)
$55.50

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.20%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask for 8 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled in January 2015 with an outturn of 322 bottles, bottled at…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$93.66

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Distilled in September 2007, this Coal Ila single malt spent over 8 years maturing in two ex-bourbon barrels before begin bottled at 46% in March 2016 for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection.  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$59.12

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 57.30%
Caol Ila

Distilled in 1998 and matured in American oak, Moscatel casks and finally old Sherry puncheons, the 2015 Fèis Ìle bottling was bottled at a natural cask strength of 57.3% abv. This bottle was part…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015
$355.96

Caol Ila Moch

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

Moch is Gaelic for dawn, and this release from Caol Ila is an altogether lighter prospect than the distillery's excellent 12 year old standard expression.  More info

Caol Ila Moch
9
$49.94

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.10%
Ardbeg

Peat and Sherry is a combination that not everybody loves, but when it works... Wow. Also, if you subscribe to the formula 'one yummy thing + another yummy thing = a super yummy thing!' then this may…  More info

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
3
$352.28

Islay Storm

70cl, 40%
C.S. James and Sons Ltd.

An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.  More info

Islay Storm
24
$30.10

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

This is the 5th edition of Kilchoman's very popular 100% Islay series, released in 2015 - the year of Kilchoman's 10th anniversary, we'll have you know! A lightly peated single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition
2
$83.04

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2009 Original Cask Strength

70cl, 59.20%
Kilchoman

Oh yes, cask strength Kilchoman! Exciting stuff. This 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's farm distillery came from 35 ex-bourbon barrels which were filled in 2009 and opened in 2014,…  More info

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2009 Original Cask Strength
3
$99.26

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2008

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A very special Kilchoman release - their first ever 7 year old! Distilled in July 2008, it was matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels up until August 2015 when this limited vintage vatting was…  More info

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2008
$79.58

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

This is the 2015 release of Kilchoman's fantastic Loch Gorm well-Sherried single malt Scotch whisky. For the 2015 release, along with whisky which was matured in Oloroso Sherry butts (as the previous…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release
1
$77.16

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