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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 1998 - Almost There

70cl, 54.1%
Ardbeg

Please note: There is some miniscule damage to the box but this is still an incredibly handsome piece from Ardbeg. The penultimate part in the Young series from Ardbeg, spanning the development of…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There
$157.21

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask

70cl, 55.6%
Ardbeg

An extraordinary whisky from Ardbeg. This is one of those ultra-rare expressions, which really come around once in a blue moon. This was distilled on the 14th September 1998, before it was filled…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask
$518.73

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275

70cl, 55.4%
Ardbeg

An astonishing 11 year old single cask from Ardbeg - stunning in flavour and very, very rare. This was distilled in 1998 and aged in cask 1275 (a first fill bourbon barrel) before bottling in 2009 -…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275
$938.00

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 347613) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 53%
Ardbeg

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of Islay's most respected and loved distilleries - Ardbeg. This Duncan Taylor Single bottling contains whisky distilled in May 1994 and…  More info

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1994 (cask 347613) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 808 & 811) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46.5%
Ardbeg

An indie bottling of Ardbeg - these are always exciting indeed! This one comes from Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range, and was aged in a pair of barrels for 20 years, from March 1996 to June 2016. 601…  More info

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 808 & 811) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$309.27

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.8%
Ardbeg

Ooh, a single cask Ardbeg here, bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. This was distilled by the legendary Islay distillery in 2000 and aged in a Sherry butt until 2016, when it was…  More info

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

Ardbeg 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A limited edition bottling of Ardbeg 21 Year Old single malt, matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV without chill-filtration. This bottling was unveiled in the latter half of 2016, as…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old
$628.78

Ardbeg 21 Year Old (Committee Release)

70cl, 56.3%
Ardbeg

A very limited and rare release from Ardbeg, specially bottled for the Committee. This was crafted from 12 carefully chosen casks of Ardbeg distilled in 1979 and 1980. Released in 2001.  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old (Committee Release)

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1974 (Sestante)

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

A 21 year old Ardbeg distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1996 (only full years are counted) by the renowned Italian independent bottlers Sestante at 40% abv. This is a rare and valuable single malt…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1974 (Sestante)
$896.72

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10065) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.6%
Ardbeg

Good gosh, would you look at this! A 21 year old Ardbeg, bottled by Douglas Laing! What an amazing addition to the Old Particular range. The whisky was produced at the Islay distillery in October…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 10065) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.2%
Ardbeg

I don't want to alarm anyone, but Hunter Laing have bottled a cask of 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky for the 15th anniversary of their Old Malt Cask range. There were just 136 bottles…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask 15th Anniversary (Hunter Laing)
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Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 42.5%
Ardbeg

Single cask 21 year old Ardbeg? Erm... Yes please! As always with our single cask releases, we don't chill-filter any of the goodness out or add anything else that doesn't belong. It's natural cask…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1992 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.4%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky - always exciting, these are. This one was distilled by the renowned Islay distillers in October 1993 and set aside to mature in a refill…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1993 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
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Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 347624) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 51.9%
Ardbeg

The Duncan Taylor Single Range ins made up almost exclusively of whiskies over 30 years old and/or from closed distilleries, but I think we'd all agree that a 21 year old Ardbeg is also something…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 347624) - The Duncan Taylor Single

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%
Ardbeg

This is an independently bottled, single cask, 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, writing that sort of thing is always pretty exciting to do - almost as much as reading it! This Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice
$360.85

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.1%
Ardbeg

Hold the phone, is this an independently bottled, single cask 23 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky?! By Jove it is! A very exciting dram from one of the most renowned distilleries on Islay,…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 10274) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.6%
Ardbeg

Hold on to your hats, folks, because we've gone and bottling some 23 year old Ardbeg! That's right, our Single Cask Series grows larger with the addition of a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1978 Mount Everest (Silver Seal)

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

A rare bottle of Ardbeg, bottled by the Silver Seal company. This commemorates the Hillary and Norgay summiting Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953. This was distilled in 1978 and packaged in a silver…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1978 Mount Everest (Silver Seal)
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Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

About as rare as they come, this is one of the very last whiskies released before Ardbeg shut down for a few years. Highly collectable and absolutely incredible in flavour (we've heard).  More info

Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed
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$642.40

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Ice Cream" - we…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990
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Ardbeg Alligator

70cl, 51.2%
Ardbeg

Strictly limited to 2 per customer It's finally here! The hotly anticipated official release of Ardbeg Alligator will simply fly off our shelves! It's aged in a similar style to the standard 10…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator
16
$104.75

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release

70cl, 51.2%
Ardbeg

The Committee Release of Ardbeg Alligator, so named for the barrels it was aged in; the American oak casks were given such an intense char, the resulting charcoal surface resembled alligator skin!…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Auriverdes

70cl, 49.9%
Ardbeg

A special edition single malt launched on Ardbeg Day 2014 - a day celebrated both at the Islay festival, Fèis Ìle and around the world. Auri(Gold)verdes(Green) is a name used to refer to Brazil's…  More info

Ardbeg Auriverdes
23
$130.95

Ardbeg Blasda

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

Blasda represents a rare chance to sample a lightly-peated dram from the powerhouse Ardbeg distillery. The malt is peated at 8ppm as opposed to the standard 24ppm.  More info

Ardbeg Blasda
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Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Release

70cl, 57.1%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg Corryvreckan, this is a the Committee Reserve bottling, released in 2008 to great critical acclaim. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Release

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