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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.

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)
$245.06

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.7%
Bruichladdich

Indie Brucihladdich - a 25 year old indie Bruichladdich, no less! This was distilled in October 1990 and matured in a refill hogshead for quarter of a century until June 2016, when it was bottled by…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1990 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$337.64

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11303) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 53.9%
Laphroaig

A single cask bottling of 16 year old Laphroaig, distilled in 2000 and bottled in August 2016 by the chaps from Douglas Laing for their Old Particular range. 315 bottles of this tasty Islay whisky…  More info

Laphroaig 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 11303) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$195.31

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)
$122.42

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

This Malts & Food Gift Set contains a bottle of the excellent Lagavulin Distillers Edition (which was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2016 after enjoying a finishing period in Pedro Ximénez casks)…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Distillers Edition - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses
$80.28

Smokey Joe Islay Malt

70cl, 46%
The Leading Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd

A blended malt made up of different Islay single malt whiskies. We're not sure which ones, exactly, but we do know that it tastes delicious!  More info

Smokey Joe Islay Malt
15
$36.68

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 - Claxton's

70cl, 51.6%
Bunnahabhain

This is an independently bottled Bunnahabhain single malt, aged in a single hogshead cask for 14 years before being bottled by Claxton's. A release of 305 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 - Claxton's
$83.93

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of 7 year old Caol Ila, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in a wine cask - which ought to be very interesting indeed. It was bottled by Langside…  More info

Caol Ila 7 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$60.08

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

The 2014 release of Kilchoman's Machir Bay single malt Scotch whisky is here! For the third release in the series, Kilchoman have produced a vatting of 5 and 6 year old ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release
28
$40.98

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1980 (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40.2%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain single malt matured for three decades in a pair of ex-Sherry casks! The outturn was of 510 bottles in January 2016, having been filled back in May 1980.  More info

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1980 (Rest & Be Thankful)
$379.14

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 604) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.1%
Bunnahabhain

339 bottles were filled from cask 604 by Duncan Taylor in October 2015. The whisky was distilled at Bunnahabhain on Islay in May 2008.  More info

Bunnahabhain 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 604) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)
$47.52

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.2%
Ardbeg

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg, and a very handsome one at that! This is a 25 year old Ardbeg, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by the chaps from Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$498.49

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)
2
$2,134.14

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)

70cl, 59.5%
Bowmore

Indie Islay whisky here, distilled by Bowmore and bottled by A.D. Rattray! It was distilled back in October 2003 and set aside to age in a bourbon cask for 12 years, before being bottled in July 2016…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 20142) - Cask Collection (A. D. Rattray)
$88.08

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

A Douglas Laing Single Minded bottling of 8 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, drawn from a single hogshead which was filled in June 2008 and emptied in September 2016.  More info

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 - Single Minded (Douglas Laing)
$31.47

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

This is the 5th edition of Kilchoman's very popular 100% Islay series, released in 2015 - the year of Kilchoman's 10th anniversary, we'll have you know! A lightly peated single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition
2
$71.47

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)
1
$220.11

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 1916) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 54.6%
Bowmore

24 year old Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky drawn from a single Sherry butt. This was distilled in September 1991 and allowed to mature until September 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 1916) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$283.24

Bunnahabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

From the Malts of Scotland independently bottling selection comes a single cask Bunnahabhain single malt, distilled in 2005, aged in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV. 278 bottles of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$70.62

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

70cl, 54.5%
Lagavulin

It's the 2016 edition of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival bottling. A collectable bottle released during their 200th Anniversary year - the whisky was drawn from refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016
$363.49

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (cask 311913) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 61.5%
Caol Ila

"Aged over 5 years", the exact age of these releases is never immediately obvious, rounded down to the nearest 5 years as they always are. The distillation date of 2008 and bottling date in 2016…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2008 (cask 311913) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$107.90

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Chieftain's bottling of 14 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in April 2002 and allowed to mature in hogshead casks until August…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)
$73.86

Bunnahbhain 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11561) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

An indie bottling of 8 year old Bunnahabhain single malt, distilled on the Isle of Islay in June 2008. Following its 8 year maturation in a single hogshead cask, this was bottled in November 2016 by…  More info

Bunnahbhain 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11561) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$40.89

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 1428) - The Cooper's Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A 14 year old, Sherry cask matured Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for The Cooper's Choice series. A release of 420 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 1428) - The Cooper's Choice  (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$81.75

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

Released in a trio of travel retail bottlings, Bowmore's White Sands 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky gets matured in ex-bourbon casks, bringing creamy vanilla and thick treacle notes to the…  More info

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old
6
$67.28

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