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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.

The Ileach Cask Strength

70cl, 58%
Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

A great Islay single malt from an unnamed distillery. The Ileach always scores well with the critics, this cask strength edition was awarded a mindblowingly high 97 points by Jim Murray in his Whisky…  More info

The Ileach Cask Strength
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$46.69

The Ileach Peaty

70cl, 40%
Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

The Ileach is a peaty single malt from a secret Islay distillery, this has received rave reviews from whisky critics and has a solid core of peat and malt.  More info

The Ileach Peaty
41
$30.42

A Thread of Smoke 1991 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This 1991 vintage Bunnahabhain was matured in a single hogshead, from 1991 to 2014, before it was bottled by Wemyss. It was bottled with an outturn of 302 bottles and given the rather poetic name A…  More info

A Thread of Smoke 1991 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$111.13

Aniseed Pastille 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery, matured in a single hogshead from 1996 to 2014. It was bottled with an outturn of 344 bottles by Wemyss and given the tasty title Aniseed…  More info

Aniseed Pastille 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$109.79

Ar2 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 60.50%
Ardbeg

This is the second batch of Elements of Islay bottled Ar (who knows which Islay distillery Ar could refer to?!) Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded this 90 points! This is a cask strength single malt,…  More info

Ar2 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

Ardbeg - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.60%
Ardbeg

Whispered about in the halls in only hushed, excited voices, this is a much anticipated release - and it's here. The sixth batch of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky…  More info

Ardbeg -  Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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

50cl, 51.90%
Ardbeg

This whisky hails from the illustrious Islay distillery of Ardbeg - that sits on the island’s Southern coast and produces its highly peated malt whisky. Ardbeg closed in July 1996, thankfully the…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.90%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg sits on the island’s Southern coast and produces its highly peated malt whisky. Ardbeg closed in July 1996, thankfully the distillery was bought by Glenmorangie plc in 1997 and the distillery…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.80%
Ardbeg

This is the stunning Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Ardbeg - it's a superb little whisky which flaunts the beautiful house style with more than a hint of sweet sherry too. The label…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.40%
Ardbeg

What many of you have been waiting for - a new batch of Ardbeg from That Boutique-y Whisky Company!!! Geert Bero, the world's most famous Ardbeg collector and proprietor of the legendary Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.50%
Ardbeg

So bright... so beautiful... ah Ardbeg Batch 5! The label once again features famous collector Geert Bero, as well as Peaty, our poochie friend from Fèis Ìle 2013. Is there somebody else up there…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

75cl, 46%
Ardbeg

An ace Ardbeg gift pack, containing a full bottle of the classic Ardbeg 10 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, as well as a 5cl miniature of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Both are excellent expressions from the…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack
$54.18

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A limited edition presentation of the classic Ardbeg 10 Year Old, with a box featuring a tractor pulling a massive bottle of Ardbeg on it! We all fondly remember Ardbeg's TracTOUR, and we just can't…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Tractor Sleeve
$49.12

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Escape Pack With 2 "Shortie" Glasses

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

An awesome gift box from Ardbeg, featuring a 70cl bottle of their classic 10 year old expression, along with two "shortie" tasting glasses. No, they don't have a picture of Ardbeg's cheerful dog,…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Escape Pack With 2
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$60.21

Ardbeg 10 Year Old with Glass Gift Pack

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg 10 Year Old remains a staple favourite of peat-lovers the world over, and with just one sip it’s easy to see why! Vanilla and citrus fruits underpinned with an Incredible Hulk of peat, this is…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old with Glass Gift Pack
$67.77

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.70%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an independent bottling of Ardbeg! Don't see many of these, do you? This one comes to us via Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, and was matured in a single cask from April 2003 to June 2015. It was…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$114.43

Ardbeg 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

Increasingly rare, now discontinued whisky from Ardbeg. Incredibly rich and powerful, and all too easy to drink.  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1991 Rum Finish - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Ardbeg

A stunning Ardbeg, the likes of which have never been seen before. This was distilled in March 1991, and bottled in October 2008. There are just 316 bottles, at the strength of 50% (for added…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1991 Rum Finish - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56.50%
Ardbeg

A super limited release of independently bottled Ardbeg! There are just 306 bottles of this stuff, bottled at natural cask strength in 2011 at the Bruichladdich distillery after 17 years in a single…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Ardbeg 18 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.30%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg changed hands between 1996 and 1997, since then the distillery has only released a Ten Year Old with an age statement. So it is pretty darn exciting *massively massively exciting* to get to…  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5440 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Ardbeg

Distilled at Ardbeg in March 1991 and matured for 18 years before bottling in August 2009. A release of 208 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing.  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5440 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5449 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Ardbeg

An 18 year old single cask Ardbeg, this was matured in a refill hogshead, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in September 2009 by Douglas Laing with an outturn of 316 bottles.  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5449 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1993 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56.90%
Ardbeg

A single cask, independent bottling of Ardbeg, likely to sell out before I finish typing this sentence! It was distilled in 1993 and aged for 18 years in a bourbon cask before bottling at the…  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1993 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Ardbeg 1974 (Spirit of Scotland)

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

This was distilled at the Ardbeg distillery in 1974 and it was bottled especially for Speymalt Whisky's Spirit of Scotland range. A very rare and collectible bottling from the legendary Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 (Spirit of Scotland)
$753.22

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

These mid-1990s Connoisseur's Choice bottlings of mid-70s Ardbegs have become legendary, and this is a truly stunning example we don't expect to hang around very long...  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$609.82

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