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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 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 53.6%
Caol Ila

This was distilled at the Caol Ila distilled in 1990, and originally matured in bourbon casks. Then Murray McDavid took it to the Bruichladdich distillery, and reracked it into Chateau Haut Brion…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 26 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 53.4%
Bowmore

Our 26 year old Bowmore has oodles of character. It's full of flavours from old-fashioned tuck shops; from Drumstick lollies, to Fruit Salad Chews – and including the one particular flavour that…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Bruichladdich 12 Year Old (2nd Edition)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The second edition of the 12 year old was matured in bourbon casks, some first fill, some re fill. Distilled from Optic barley, the malt was peated to 3ppm.  Originally Bruichladdich intended to keep…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old (2nd Edition)
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Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1986 (cask 1282) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.8%
Bunnahabhain

A 23 year old Bunnahabhain aged in sherry butt 1282. This was distilled on the 20th October 1986 and bottled on the 21st July 2010. A release of 540 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1986 (cask 1282) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2000 (Adelphi)

70cl, 59.8%
Bunnahabhain

A stunning single cask, deeply sherried Islay whisky from Bunnahabhain. This was distilled in 2000, aged in cask 948 and was bottled at 10 years old in 2011 by Adelphi. A release of 636 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2000 (Adelphi)
$67.74

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 1

70cl, 55.3%
Bowmore

Tempest is a very special release from Bowmore, it’s a cask strength malt made by vatting first-fill bourbon matured whisky. Very rich and complex.  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 1
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$48.54

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 47 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59.7%
Laphroaig

This was distilled at the Laphroaig distillery on the 4th April 1995, and it was aged for 16 years in bourbon barrel 47 before bottling by Signatory for its Cask Strength Collection on the 25th…  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 47 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5284 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.9%
Caol Ila

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 8th November 1983 and it was aged in hogshead number 5284 before it was bottled by Signatory on the 12th July 2011. This is a cask strength release of 254…  More info

Caol Ila 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 5284 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée E: Sauternes (Chateau D'Yquem) 16 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A Bruichladdich finished in one of the most famous and renowned Sauternes wineries in the world: the Bordeaux First Growth Chateau D'Yquem! A great addition to the series of first growth wine…  More info

Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée E: Sauternes (Chateau D'Yquem) 16 Year Old
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SMWS No. 127.1 - Harbourside Barbecue

70cl, 66.5%
Port Charlotte

SMWS' first bottling from the Port Charlotte distillery! This is a super rare little whisky, which was distilled in December 2001 and aged in a single refill barrel for 8 years before bottling. It's…  More info

SMWS No. 127.1 - Harbourside Barbecue
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$158.05

Bowmore Darkest

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A rich, sherry-matured Bowmore. Very similar to the world famous Black Bowmore, though much younger. Very intense and fruity.  More info

Bowmore Darkest
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Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This Bruichladdich was matured for 21 years in top quality Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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Bruichladdich Octomore 02.1

70cl, 62.5%
Bruichladdich

Increasingly a collector's item, this is the world's most heavily peated whisky at 140 ppm.  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 02.1
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Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.4%
Bowmore

Distilled in 1994, this Bowmore was initially aged in sherry wood. It was selected by Murray McDavid, and taken to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was reracked into none other than the finest…  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bruichladdich Valinch - As The Current Flows

50cl, 56.1%
Bruichladdich

This Bruichladdich was distilled on the 27th May 1998, and it was aged for 12 years. It was finished in a Calvados cask from Christian Drouin, and it was bottled by none other than us at the…  More info

Bruichladdich Valinch - As The Current Flows
$104.29

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1979 Cask 9523 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at the Bunnahabhain distillery on the 19th September 1979, it was then aged for 31 years in a single refill sherry butt. It was bottled by Signatory on the 14th March 2011. A…  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1979 Cask 9523 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bruichladdich X4+3

70cl, 63.5%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich's Perilous X4 Spirit is no longer new make, after 3 years maturation it is now officially whisky. This marks the first official quadruple distilled single malt whisky in centuries. It…  More info

Bruichladdich X4+3
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$53.16

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old (2nd Release)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The rare first release of the bourbon matured expression from the Bruichladdich distillery, this 18 year old then enjoyed a further finish in Willi Opitz Pinot Noir casks and exhibits some crisp…  More info

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old (2nd Release)
$68.30

Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 59%
Caol Ila

Distilled at the Caol Ila distillery in 1996, Gordon and MacPhail matured this in their Elgin-based warehouses in refill sherry casks. The result is a rich, coastal dram, with fruity freshness and…  More info

Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Ardbeg 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

A very rare Ardbeg bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2003. This was distilled in 1975 - a legendary vintage for Ardbeg.  More info

Ardbeg 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Bruichladdich 32 Year Old 1972 - Legacy Series 4

70cl, 47.5%
Bruichladdich

A rare release of 900 individually numbered bottles of 32 year old Bruichladdich. Jim McEwan, the master distiller, selected some of the oldest and rarest casks from the distillery to bottle as part…  More info

Bruichladdich 32 Year Old 1972 - Legacy Series 4
$207.65

Bruichladdich 33 Year Old 1973 - Legacy Series 5

70cl, 40.9%
Bruichladdich

A rare 33 year old Bruichladdich, part of the legacy series of old, rare casks selected by master distiller Jim McEwan. This comes as a release of just 1,600 numbered bottles, matured in a mix of…  More info

Bruichladdich 33 Year Old 1973 - Legacy Series 5
$223.49

The Ileach 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

12 year old single malt from a secret Islay distillery, the Ileach series is very well-rated by critics and whisky connoisseurs alike, great stuff!  More info

The Ileach 12 Year Old

Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 47.1%
Bunnahabhain

Distilled at Bunnahabhain in February 1979, this was aged for 32 years in cask number 1774 before bottling at natural cask strength in June 2011. A release of 499 bottles from Duncan Taylor.  More info

Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1979 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Bruichladdich Golder Still 1984 (23 Year Old)

70cl, 51%
Bruichladdich

This single malt from Bruichladdich was distilled in 1984 and matured in 'dumpy' squat bourbon hogsheads for 23 years. The casks proffered greater wood contact and have imparted a golden hue to the…  More info

Bruichladdich Golder Still 1984 (23 Year Old)
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