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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.

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength

70cl, 61.30%
Caol Ila

This Natural Cask Strength single malt bottling from the Caol Ila distillery is a surprisingly smooth dram. Oily with pungent smoke and malt.  More info

Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
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Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1978 - Mission Cask Strength Series (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53%
Bunnahabhain

A cask strength Bunnahabhain from Murray McDavid. This was distilled in 1978 and aged for 30 years in a mix of port and sherry casks before bottling as part of a release of 573 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1978 - Mission Cask Strength Series (Murray McDavid)

Bruichladdich 37 Year Old - Legacy Series 2

70cl, 41.80%
Bruichladdich

The second in the Legacy series from Bruichladdich. The series is made up of the oldest and rarest casks at the distillery. Each bottle is adorned with artwork by Frances McDonald, the famed Scottish…  More info

Bruichladdich 37 Year Old - Legacy Series 2
$273.88

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Aged in bourbon casks and finished in port pipes, this Bunnahabhain was distilled in 1997 and bottled at the Bruichladdich in 2008. A release of 1,900 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1978 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.70%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at Bunnahabhain on the 3rd April 1978 and matured in refill butt number 2586 for 31 years before bottling on the 27th April 2009 at cask strength. Part of a release of 598 decanter…  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1978 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

This is the 5th official release from Islay's smallest distillery and youngest distillery, Kilchoman. This was aged for 3 years in fresh bourbon barrels.  More info

Kilchoman Winter 2010 Release
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Lagavulin 15 Year Old - 1980s Bottling (White Horse Distillers)

75cl, 45%
Lagavulin

A very, very rare ceramic decanter of 15 year old Lagavulin, this was released in the 1980s, and is quite a collectors' piece. In fact, Serge Valentin from WhiskyFun.com rated this with a whopping 94…  More info

Lagavulin 15 Year Old - 1980s Bottling (White Horse Distillers)

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.90%
Caol Ila

Distilled at Caol Ila in 1983 and bottled in 2011 at cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info

Caol Ila 1983 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$97.33

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

12 year old Bowmore from Duncan Taylor's NC2 range of Non-Chillfiltered, Non Caramel Coloured whisky. This was distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2010.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 1998 - NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

Distilled in September 1996 and aged for 14 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in September 2010 as part of a release of 329 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 14 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.60%
Port Ellen

27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Bowmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 59.10%
Bowmore

Matured in a Sherry Butt for 23 years, this single-cask whisky is part of an outturn of only 218 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1987 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Sure to sell out quickly, Kilchoman's Summer 2010 Release marks another excellent addition to the new Islay distillery's already sterling back catalogue. This is release number 4, aged in fresh…  More info

Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release
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Ardbeg 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Ardbeg

A sherry matured Ardbeg, distilled in 1993 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Ardbeg 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$53.06

Bowmore Dusk

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

A very interesting and incredibly rare Bowmore, finished in Bordeaux red wine casks. Rich and very fruity. Bowmore Dusk is a collector's favourite.  More info

Bowmore Dusk
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Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts 20cl

20cl, 61.10%
Caol Ila

An incredible high strength Caol Ila, especially when considering the age! This was distilled in 1975, and was bottled for Diageo's Rare Malts series. These old Rare Malts are well worth a try, as…  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts 20cl

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 44 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.40%
Laphroaig

This was distilled at Laphroaig in 1995, it was aged for 16 years in a single bourbon barrel, and it was bottled by Signatory in 2011. A release of 140 bottles.  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 44 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

A well-aged Laphroaig from indpendent bottler Douglas Laing. Released at a pretty hefty 50% abv, the outturn of this cask was only 150 bottles.  More info

Laphroaig 17 Year Old 1993 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Port Ellen

A complex, rich single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery, known for its stunning peaty flavours.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
$171.86

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5283 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59.70%
Caol Ila

This was distilled at the Caol Ila distillery on the 8th November 2011 and aged for 27 years in hogshead 5283 before bottling on the 2nd February 2011. A release of 243 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5283 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A 9 year old Laphroaig from the Douglas Laing Provenance range. This was distilled in Winter 2001, aged in refill hogshead number 6421 and bottled in Summer 2010.  More info

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56.10%
Bowmore

A sherry cask Bowmore distilled in 1989. The cask was selected by Jim McEwan and it was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2010. This is part of a release of 479 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 21 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1991 Port Matured

70cl, 53.10%
Bowmore

Cask strength Bowmore, this was distilled in 1991, and aged solely in port pipes. A release of 18,000 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1991 Port Matured
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Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A 27 year old Port Ellen from a single cask! This was distilled in the Winter 1983 and aged in cask 6000 (a refill hogshead) before bottling in Spring 2010 for the Provenance range.  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5390 (Bladnoch)

70cl, 52.40%
Caol Ila

Distilled at Caol Ila on the 13th November 1984, this was aged for 25 years in hogshead 5390 before bottling on the 8th July 2010 for the Bladnoch distillery forum. Natural cask strength and no added…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1984 Cask 5390 (Bladnoch)
$103.42

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