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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.

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
$2,141.64

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
$354.34

Bowmore 25 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 25 year old from the Bowmore distillery aged in American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. The sherry influence combines wonderfully with the coastal, smoky distillery style to create a sublime…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old
4
$291.80

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)
1
$374.08

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11729) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 48.5%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Laphroaig single malt, drawn from a single cask which was home to the whisky for 25 years! It was distilled in October 1990 and aged for quarter of a century, until January…  More info

Laphroaig 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 11729) - Mackillop's Choice
$374.22

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 303014) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 57.2%
Caol Ila

An independently bottled Caol Ila single malt, aged in a single cask for 10 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled a decade later in June 2016 by the chaps from Gordon & Company for the…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 303014) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$84.38

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 6th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

An extraordinary Islay single malt that in this day and age is uniquely made using barley that's grown, harvested, malted, distilled and matured all at a single farm distillery! Lightly peated in…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 6th Edition
$74.42

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31932) - The Single Cask

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

A 14 year old Bowmore single malt, drawn from a single cask and bottled by The Single Cask! It was distilled in October 2001 and set aside to age until August 2016. Only 90 bottles were produced.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 31932) - The Single Cask
$99.65

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 2490 & 2491) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 48.1%
Bruichladdich

A 25 year old whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were home to the whisky for a quarter of a century. It was distilled in 1991 and…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 2490 & 2491) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)
$185.90

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 54.8%
Caol Ila

Fancy some well-aged Caol Ila? Well Gleann Mór have just the thing for that hankering with this independently bottled Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 30 years! It was…  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1983 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$364.77

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)

20cl, 40%
Caol Ila

An independent bottling of 18 year old single malt from Islay's excellent Caol Ila distillery, drawn from a pair of cask and bottled at cask strength by The Whisky Lounge folks! 600 of these 20cl…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1997 - Cask Series Five (The Whisky Lounge)
$33.87

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil

70cl, 56.7%
Bowmore

When the folk of Bowmore formed an angry mob to chase the devil out of the church (which is of course round, offering him nowhere to hide), down the road and through the distillery, it was assumed…  More info

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil
21
$197.61

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)
$35.87

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)
$52.38

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
$36.81

Haven Trail 1990 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A single cask bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1990, aged in a hogshead and bottled in 2016 by Wemyss Malts. As Wemyss often do, they've given it an evocative name to…  More info

Haven Trail 1990 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
1
$136.35

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l

100cl, 43%
Bowmore

From Bowmore's travel retail selection, unveiled in 2014, the Gold Reef is a gorgeous coastal dram, matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. A fantastic Islay single malt.  More info

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l
2
$63.19

Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich have launched a new range of whiskies which aim to create a signature style and move away from the often adventurous bottlings of the last ten years. This 22 year old forms the older of…  More info

Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year Old
1
$136.75

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)
$70.87

Bunnahabhain 2006 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

A rather splendid indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled for the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2006 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
2
$34.00

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11346) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Indie Islay from Douglas Laing - this is a 5 year old bottling of single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, matured in a single refill hogshead from March 2011 to November 2016. 428 bottles were…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2011 (cask 11346) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$47.35

Lp7 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 52.8%
Laphroaig

Another single malt from the Elements of Islay series - this is their seventh "Lp" whisky, from a distillery on the south coast of Islay. Plenty of floral smoke and juicy fruit notes to dig in to…  More info

Lp7 - Elements Of Islay (Laphroaig)
$93.75

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A neat gift pack from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, containing a 70cl bottle of their Classic Laddie (an excellent expression, made with unpeated Scottish barley and matured in…  More info

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$59.85

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11204) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Bruichladdich

A single cask bottling of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky aged for a quarter of a century before being bottled by Douglas Laing. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in May 1991, matured in…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11204) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$214.58

Bunnahabhain 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

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11561) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$45.56

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