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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.

Bruichladdich Wild and Primitive 2002 (cask 561) (bottled 2013) - Samaroli

70cl, 57%
Bruichladdich

A smart looking cask strength independent Bruichladdich from Italian bottler Samaroli. The outturn was 330 numbered bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich Wild and Primitive 2002 (cask 561) (bottled 2013) - Samaroli
$213.42

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

70cl, 56.20%
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.  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2408.52

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 388359) - The Duncan Taylor Single

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

25 year old, Sherry-cask-matured Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Single range. This was distilled in September 1989 and bottled at 46% ABV…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 388359) - The Duncan Taylor Single
$308.84

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)
$894.26

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 800092) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 57%
Bunnahabhain

Bottled in 2015, this is a 7 year old single malt distilled at Bunnahbahain distillery in 2007 and matured in a single cask. It was bottled with neither artificial colouring nor chill filtration by…  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2007 (cask 800092) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$68.87

Bowmore 9 Year Old Feis Ile 2009

70cl, 57.10%
Bowmore

This very special Bowmore was distilled on the 14th June 1999 and it was aged in sherry, bourbon and wine casks in warehouse 6 before bottling in 2009 for that year's Feis Ile. A release of 900…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old Feis Ile 2009
$235.24

Bowmore Feis Ile 2013

70cl, 56.50%
Bowmore

Bowmore’s festival bottling for Fèis Ìle 2013 was a bourbon matured release of just 1,000 bottles. It's cask strength, non chill-filtered and very yummy. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Bowmore Feis Ile 2013
$235.24

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

A collectible bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, released in the 1990s. It features the classic seafaring chap on the label, who looks to be…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - 1990s
$115.84

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 40.10%
Bowmore

This is #07 in La Maison du Whisky's The Ten range - a 2002 vintage Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled in 2014. The Ten series features a selection of whiskies which have been arranged in…  More info

Bowmore 2002 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #07 (La Maison du Whisky)
$65.77

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.80%
Bunnahabhain

A 22 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. Distilled on Islay in 1991 and bottled in 2014, but not before it was finished in a tiny Octave Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$166.90

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)
$66.14

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3807) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, presented by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1992 and set aside to age in cask #3807 until 2014, when it was…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 3807) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$126.51

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.60%
Caol Ila

A Signatory bottling of cask strength Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead for 31 years. It was distilled by the Islay distillery in November 1983 and bottled in February…  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1983 (cask 5298) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$383.72

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 42.90%
Bunnahabhain

An indie Bunnah, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd! This Bunnahabhain was distilled on the island of Islay in 1989 and matured in cask #5716 for 24 years before being bottled by the legendary wine and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$168.61

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2787) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old Bunnhabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It was distilled in 1987, then bottled over quarter of century later in 2014, being drawn from a single cask and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1987 (cask 2787) - (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$180.64

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 57.20%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask for 8 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled in January 2015 with an outturn of 322 bottles, bottled at…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 303029) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$93.66

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 2448) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A Bunnahabhain bottled by Berry Bros. & Rudd, what a fantastic excuse for alliteration and awesome single cask whisky! This Islay single malt aged for 25 years before it was bottled.  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1987 (cask 2448) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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$180.64

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 364 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An 8 year old independent bottling of Bunnahabhain matured in a single cask for over 8 years. Hunter Laing's Hepburn's Choice range is for their relatively younger, but still excellent, bottlings.  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (outturn: 364 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$53.69

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 53.70%
Bowmore

From the Rest & Be Thankful independent bottling range comes a 25 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in April 1990 and set aside to age in a single bourbon cask until April…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 185076) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$364.32

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.20%
Bowmore

From one of the excellent distilleries on the Island of Islay comes this edition of Mackillop's Choice. Give a warm welcome to the Bowmore 1990, which was distilled in April 1990 and bottled in July…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice
$199.72

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1979 - 5th Release (2005 Special Release)

70cl, 57.40%
Port Ellen

Rare single malt whisky from the sadly closed distillery of Port Ellen on Islay. This was part of Diageo's Special Releases in 2005 with 5,280 sought-after bottles produced. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1979 - 5th Release (2005 Special Release)
$2107.43

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)
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$3612.76

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10966) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A relatively young Bunnah from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, which features whiskies from 7 to around 14 years old. This 8 year old from Islay was distilled in October 2007 and bottled in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2007 (cask 10966) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$53.69

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10594) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.10%
Caol Ila

An Xtra Old Particular bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay. It was distilled by Caol Ila in February 1979 and matured in a single refill hogshead…  More info

Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10594) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$464.56

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000908) - French Oak Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 63.90%
Bruichladdich

An independent bottling of the insanely peated Octomore single malt from Bruichladdich distillery. Distilled on 19th March 2008 and matured in a single French oak cask, just 316 bottles were produced…  More info

Octomore 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 2008000908) - French Oak Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$223.24

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