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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 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 10)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 21 year old Bunnhabhain bottled by Adelphi for their Liddesdale series. Previously, the Liddesdale bottling were released without disclosing the distillery, though it now seems that they are more…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old - Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 10)
$140.04

Bunnahabhain 29 Year Old 1987 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 47.1%
Bunnahabhain

A Rare Find bottling from Gleann Mór here - 29 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the Isle of Islay, drawn from a single cask which housed the whisky from February 1987 to March…  More info

Bunnahabhain 29 Year Old 1987 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$191.64

Octomore 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 4319) (Rest & Be Thankful) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 65.6%
Bruichladdich

A Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling of 7 year old Octomore heavily peated single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery, finished in a cask that previously held Pauillac wine from the Bordeaux…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 4319) (Rest & Be Thankful) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$292.29

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 52.9%
Caol Ila

This is a 9 year old Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead from 2007 to 2016 before being bottled by The Whisky Agency and La Maison du Whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2007 (The Whisky Agency / La Maison du Whisky)
$124.24

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

150cl, 51.9%
Ardbeg

Well then, this is pretty bloomin' awesome, isn't it? A 1.5 litre magnum bottle of 25 year old Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare range. The refill…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)
$3,157.68

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1975 (casks 3733 & 3734) - Private Cellar

70cl, 47.1%
Bruichladdich

A rare bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky aged for 34 years in a pair of casks! It was distilled in 1975 and bottled back in 2010 at 47.1% ABV. Only 196 bottles were produced. Very…  More info

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1975 (casks 3733 & 3734) - Private Cellar
$685.04

Bunnahabhain 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3107) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 41.2%
Bunnahabhain

Very old Bunnahabhain, independently bottled by Duncan Taylor. This was distilled in 1968 and allowed to mature for 45 years(!) before being bottled at 41.2% ABV. This comes presented as part of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 45 Year Old 1968 (cask 3107) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,377.26

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000911) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 64.4%
Bruichladdich

Ooh - a French oak cask-matured, independently bottled Octomore! This was distilled by Bruichladdich (using heavily peated malt) in 2008 and matured in a French oak cask for 7 years before being…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000911) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$248.71

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971

70cl, 51%
Bowmore

A cask strength 34 year old single malt from Bowmore. This was distilled in 1971 and matured in ex-sherry casks before bottling as part of an outturn of just 960 bottles. The colour is rich and dark…  More info

Bowmore 34 Year Old 1971
$2,213.37

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 3672) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.3%
Bruichladdich

This is a 20 year old single cask Bruichladdich from Duncan Taylor’s Dimensions series. It was distilled in November 1992 before maturation in cask 3674. It was bottled in December of 2012.  More info

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 3672) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$153.90

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46.5%
Bunnahabhain

Released as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range, this is a 34 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single Sherry oak cask. It was distilled in September 1979 and bottled…  More info

Bunnahabhain 34 Year Old 1979 (cask 386807)  - The Duncan Taylor Single
$399.46

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978074) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.8%
Bruichladdich

Independently bottled 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2014 following a finishing period in a tiny Sherry Octave cask. Just 87 bottles of this…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978074) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$153.90

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)
$57.78

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%
Bowmore

A Douglas Laing bottling of 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask. Back in the November 1989, this whisky was distillery on the isle of Islay and…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10581) -  Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$310.30

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%
Port Ellen

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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$1,944.60

Bunnahabhain Samaroli 45th Anniversary (cask 4)

70cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

A special 45th anniversary release bottled in October 2013 - only 112 bottles were produced!  More info

Bunnahabhain Samaroli 45th Anniversary (cask 4)
$732.52

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie - 4.5l

450cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

It's the Classic Laddie's Big Daddy - and it is very big indeed! This right here is a 4.5 litre bottle of Brucihladdich's unpeated single malt Scotch whisky originally created by the legendary (and…  More info

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie - 4.5l
$358.35

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015

70cl, 48.3%
Bowmore

Matured in selected ex-Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength, this is a special Fèis Ìle 2015 release from Bowmore. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1988 - Feis Ile 2015
$1,048.72

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%
Port Ellen

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2,102.70

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)
$258.29

Loch Indaal Catch 1982 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Cor - a single cask Bowmore distilled in 1982!!! A very exciting bottling from the Wemyss Malts folks, who have bestowed this Islay single malt the name of "Loch Indaal Catch", so expect a good whack…  More info

Loch Indaal Catch 1982 (bottled 2014) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$781.10

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.9%
Bunnahabhain

It's the 3rd batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Bunnahabhain, and their first Bunna bottling with an age statement - this right here is a 33 year old single malt! There's lots going on around…  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$223.39

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 48.5%
Bowmore

Released as part of the Tantalus collection, this is an incredible 31 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky which has been bottled by Duncan Taylor. As with all Tantalus releases, it comes with…  More info

Bowmore 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 85023) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,212.03

Bunnahabhain 1989 (cask 5784) - Spirit & Cask Range

70cl, 48.3%
Bunnahabhain

A late 1980s single cask Bunnah. Need we say more? Alright, well it's part of the Spirit & Cask Range, initially a series of specialist bottlings for the German market bottled by Whiskymax. The…  More info

Bunnahabhain 1989 (cask 5784) - Spirit & Cask Range
$111.59

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

An 18 year old Bruichladdich single malt, distilled in 1989 and matured in a combination of bourbon and Madeira casks! This was bottled by Murray McDavid, who you may know bought the distillery in…  More info

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 (Murray McDavid)
$378.32

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