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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 Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

70cl, 53%
Ardbeg

One of the rarest things ever to be, Ardbeg's stunning cask 1217 was especially laid down for Lord Robertson's (NATO Secretary General, born on Islay) charity project Erskine, which provides nursing…  More info

Ardbeg Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
$621.09

Ardbeg Mor 10 Year Old

450cl, 46%
Ardbeg

The moniker 'Mór' is Scotch Gaelic for 'Big', rather apt as this 10 year old from the Ardbeg distillery comes in a 4.5 litre bottle. A limited release.  More info

Ardbeg Mor 10 Year Old
$299.42

Ardbeg Perpetuum

70cl, 47.4%
Ardbeg

In 1815, the Ardbeg distillery was founded by John McDougall on the Isle of Islay. In 2015, Ardbeg Perpetuum was released during Fèis Ìle 2015 in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Dr. Bill…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum
13
$93.12

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.2%
Ardbeg

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release
$258.79

Ardbeg Renaissance 10 Year Old

70cl, 55.9%
Ardbeg

From a recently released Ardbeg range showcasing the affects of maturation on 1998-distilled whisky. Starting from Very Young through Still Young and Almost There, Renaissance is the conclusion with…  More info

Ardbeg Renaissance 10 Year Old
1

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release

70cl, 57.3%
Ardbeg

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Release
3
$362.25

Ardbeg Still Young

70cl, 56.2%
Ardbeg

Part of a range from Ardbeg exhibiting the affects of age on their wonderful single malt whisky. Still Young represents the second stage, aged for 8 years.  More info

Ardbeg Still Young
1

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)

70cl, 58.9%
Ardbeg

The most heavily peated Ardbeg ever released. In our humble opinion, this is the best of the heavily peated whiskies available today. Top tip - this whisky makes a lot more sense if you 'build up' to…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)
2

Ardbeg Supernova - Advance Committee Release

70cl, 58.9%
Ardbeg

The first ever Ardbeg Supernova, and Ardbeg's initial go at producing super peaty whisky! This was created specially for the Ardbeg Committee, and when we first tasted it we couldn't believe how…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova - Advance Committee Release
$310.50

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd release

70cl, 60.1%
Ardbeg

Quite possibly the most exciting new whisky release for 2010! This is the brand new Supernova, stronger, more pungent in flavour, and more earthy than last year's Supernova - which Jim Murray rated…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd release
5
$362.25

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release

70cl, 55%
Ardbeg

The 2014 're-entry' Committee Release of Ardbeg's celebrated Supernova, sought-after super-peaty whisky from this famous Islay distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release
$336.43

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release

70cl, 54.3%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg, in case you didn't know, sent some maturing spirit into space. Or, more accurately, tubes of "Ardbeg-crafted molecules" that also contained sticks of charred oak. The idea was to compare…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release
3
$336.43

Ardbeg Uigeadail (damaged box)

70cl, 54.2%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg Uigeadail is a 'dark and mysterious' expression from the popular Islay distillery, a rich and smoky single malt with incredible balance and depth of flavour. This one has a slightly damaged…  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail (damaged box)
1
$62.68

Ardbeg Uigeadail (Old Box)

70cl, 52.4%
Ardbeg

Looks like a regular Ardbeg Uigeadail doesn't it? Well, look closer! It's got a slightly different box...  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail (Old Box)

Ardbeg Young Uigeadail - Committee Release

70cl, 59.9%
Ardbeg

A super rare and nigh on impossible to find bottling from the Ardbeg Committee. This is the prequel to Uigeadail, named the Young Uigeadail, or "Oogling". It is a slightly younger version, made with…  More info

Ardbeg Young Uigeadail - Committee Release
$444.09

Ardbog (Ardbeg)

70cl, 52.1%
Ardbeg

A limited edition Ardbeg released during the Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of bourbon as well as some Manzanilla sherry casks, it was produced for 'Ardbog Day', which was celebrated…  More info

Ardbog (Ardbeg)
14
$155.23

Autumn Warmer 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask Islay whisky from a secret distillery (let's just say its name rhymes with Moona-HAR-ven), this, as the name suggests, is a warming, spicy malt with loads of fruity flavour. Distilled…  More info

Autumn Warmer 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$74.01

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This is an independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask from 1989 to 2016 before being bottled by the brilliant Wemyss Malts. To give you an idea of…  More info

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$253.68

Beach Bonfires 1998 - Wemyss Malts (Laphroaig)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

This is a superb whisky from Wemyss Malts and it was distilled at the Laphroaig distillery in 1998. It was aged in a single hogshead before bottling in 2012. With the apt moniker "Beach Bonfires",…  More info

Beach Bonfires 1998 - Wemyss Malts (Laphroaig)
$86.51

Billowing Embers 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Smoky, fleeting, and somewhat ethereal. Delicious single cask Bunnahabhain from Wemyss.  More info

Billowing Embers 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$75.43

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

'Blowing on a Sea Breeze' is that name of this Wemyss Malts independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 209…  More info

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$118.54

Bn1 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)

50cl, 56.1%
Bunnahabhain

A supremely good little whisky, bottled by Speciality Drinks. Bn1 is the first ever Elements of Islay release from this secret "unnamed" distillery at the north of Islay whose name rhymes with…  More info

Bn1 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)
$40.32

Bn4 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)

50cl, 54.5%
Bunnahabhain

This Bunnahabhain is the fourth release from this distillery from independent bottler Speciality drinks.  More info

Bn4 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)
$40.94

Bn6 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)

50cl, 56.9%
Bunnahabhain

An Elements of Islay bottling of single malt from the mysterious "Bn" distillery. Well, not too mysterious, we're sure you can figure out which one it came from. This is the sixth bottling of Bn…  More info

Bn6 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)
$51.71

Boisdale 1998 Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

Bottled for the Boisdale Bar and Restaurant, this was distilled at Laphroaig in 1998, and aged in hogshead number 700218 before bottling in 2011. Selected by Doug McIvor.  More info

Boisdale 1998 Islay (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$54.82

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