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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.

Bowmore Maltmen's Selection

70cl, 54.60%
Bowmore

A lovely expression from Bowmore carefully selected by the Maltmen at the distillery. These men continue the traditional floor maltings at the distillery - a rare thing now in modern Scotch whisky…  More info

Bowmore Maltmen's Selection
$165.28

Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

A 13 year old Laphroaig distilled on the 12th May 1998 and aged in hogsheads 5554 and 5555 before bottling for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection on the 27th April 2012. A release of 666…  More info

Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1998 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$52.43

Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

This is the first sherry matured whisky from Kilchoman, and despite being a mere five years of age it's a very characterful dram from an Islay distillery that's producing some wonderful whisky.  More info

Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release
1
$54.56

White Bowmore 43 Year Old 1964

70cl, 42.80%
Bowmore

Just 732 bottles of this 1964 vintage Bowmore were released. Part of a trio from that year, this one with the moniker 'White', was named after the lighter colour that bourbon maturation tends to…  More info

White Bowmore 43 Year Old 1964
1
$5727.24

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This 19 year old Bruichladdich was distilled on the 3rd April 1992. It was aged in two hogsheads (numbers 1344 and 1352) before bottling by Signatory on the 26th January 2012. A release of 665…  More info

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$58.04

Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1996 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

Distilled at Laphroaig 2nd of May 1996 and aged in hogshead number 1983 for 13 years before bottling on the 8th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles, bottled by Speciality Drinks.  More info

Laphroaig 13 Year Old 1996 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$53.95

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 Casks 310801 & 310806 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

This 12 year old Caol Ila was distilled on the 18th November 1999 and it was aged in two hogsheads (casks 310804 and 310806) before bottling by Signatory on the 12th December 2011. A release of 887…  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old 1999 Casks 310801 & 310806 (Signatory)

Laphroaig 11 Year Old 2000 - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

An 11 year old Laphroaig, distilled in 2000 and aged in a single cask before bottling for Douglas Laing's smart-looking Premier Barrel range. A release of just 384 hand-filled decanters.  More info

Laphroaig 11 Year Old 2000 - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$80.08

Bonfires on the Beach 1997 (Wemyss Malts)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A delicious single cask Bunnahabhain distilled in 1997 and bottled by Wemyss Malts in August of 2008. This is a release of just 360 bottles.  More info

Bonfires on the Beach 1997 (Wemyss Malts)
$92.11

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

This 25 year old offering from the Bunnahabhain distillery is a sherried dram, part of a limited release of just 400 bottles, as such it is a rather rare, lightly peated release from Islay.  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old (Old Bottling)
4
$217.16

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

A refill hogshead-matured Laphroaig, distilled in October of 1996, this was aged for 15 years before bottling in December 2011. A release of 321 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$90.25

Bowmore 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 17 year old Bowmore with a beautifully balanced, rounded palate with notes of soft chocolate, toffee apples and a little wood smoke. This was a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits…  More info

Bowmore 17 Year Old
4
$106.86

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.50%
Bunnahabhain

A beautifully dark whisky from Signatory's award-winning Cask Strength Collection. This was distilled on the 21st January 1980 and was aged in sherry butt 604 for 31 years before bottling in 2012. A…  More info

Bunnahabhain 31 Year Old 1980 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$131.11

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 60.40%
Caol Ila

A single cask Whisky from Caol Ila Distillery, bottled by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. A 1982 vintage, this has been aged for 29 years.  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$132.90

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2000 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 9th November 2000 and aged for 11 years in two bourbon barrels before bottling for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection on the 27th April 2912. Each bottle is…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2000 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$40.32

Caol Ila 25 Year Old

70cl, 59.40%
Caol Ila

A cask strength expression from the Caol Ila distillery, this 25 year old bottling was matured in refill American and European oak casks and it exudes oily, peaty notes with balancing sweetness.  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old
$153.21

Ardbeg Alligator

70cl, 51.20%
Ardbeg

Strictly limited to 2 per customer It's finally here! The hotly anticipated official release of Ardbeg Alligator will simply fly off our shelves! It's aged in a similar style to the standard 10…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator
18
$110.17

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.10%
Caol Ila

A single cask Caol Ila, bottled by the world-famous London wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was distilled in 1982 and aged in cask 6510 for 29 years before bottling in 2011,…  More info

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
1
$133.72

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

A fifteen year old Caol Ila from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask Series. Smoky, sooty, medicinal, everything we want from a Caol Ila. The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in…  More info

Caol Ila 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$66.78

Bruichladdich Infinity Edition 3.1

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A Bruichladdich from several vintages, created to show the complexity of the whisky. This is the third edition of Infinity, in general release, matured in refill sherry and tempranillo casks, with…  More info

Bruichladdich Infinity Edition 3.1
8
$47.91

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1995 (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.40%
Bowmore

An interesting Bowmore from Adelphi which offers marked differences to the distillery's standard character.  More info

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1995 (Adelphi)
$86.37

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1972 - Legacy Series 6

70cl, 41%
Bruichladdich

Number 6 in the rare Bruichladdich legacy series of specially selected, natural cask strength whiskies. This is a vatting of casks from 1965, 1970 and 1972, and comes as a limited release of 1,704…  More info

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old 1972 - Legacy Series 6
$224.25

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask - Cigar Malt (Douglas Laing)

20cl, 50%
Laphroaig

A "rather smoky" 10 year old Laphroaig bottled by Douglas Laing for its quality as a fine accompaniment to a good cigar. A release of 362 bottles from a single refill hogshead.  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask - Cigar Malt (Douglas Laing)

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1986 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.90%
Bunnahabhain

This cask strength Bunnahabhain was distilled in 1986 and aged for 25 years before bottling. The latter part of the maturation was spent in an Octave cask - much smaller than a standard hogshead -…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1986 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

An old, rich Caol Ila, distilled in September 1980 and aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead. This was bottled in May of 2011 for the Old Malt Cask range. Just 270 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$163.67

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