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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 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)

Caol Ila 25 Year Old

70cl, 59.4%
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
$146.50

Caol Ila 1982 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.1%
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)
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$127.87

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)

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
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$45.81

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1995 (Adelphi)

70cl, 54.4%
Bowmore

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

Bowmore 16 Year Old 1995 (Adelphi)
$82.59

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
$214.43

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, 55.9%
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)

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2001 - Francois Pichard Reserve

70cl, 64%
Bruichladdich

A very curious malt distilled at Bruichladdich in 2001. This is a heavily peated Port Charlotte whisky, aged in a single cask (number 275) and bottled on the 5th August 2011. A release of 249…  More info

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2001 - Francois Pichard Reserve
$316.14

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

70cl, 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 Cigar Malt -  Old Malt Cask  (Douglas Laing)

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2011 Release

70cl, 59.5%
Kilchoman

Bottled especially for the 2011 Feis Ile, this potent, rich Kilchoman comes at natural cask strength, and it offers up a lot of flavour. Lots of peat going on here...  More info

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2011 Release
$237.10

Bn1 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)

50cl, 56.1%
Bunnahabhain

A supremely good little whisky, bottled by Speciality Drinks. Bn1 is the first ever Elements of Islay release from this secret "unnamed" distillery at the north of Islay whose name rhymes with…  More info

Bn1 - Elements of Islay (Bunnahabhain)
$41.05

Bowmore Cask Strength 1l

100cl, 56%
Bowmore

A litre bottle of delicious cask strength Bowmore, bottled for the travel retail market. A tremendously rich, spicy, muscular malt.  More info

Bowmore Cask Strength 1l
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$57.91

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2012 - Limited Cask Release

70cl, 58.5%
Kilchoman

Kilchoman's Feis Ile 2012 release is a cask-strength sherry-finished whisky with a enticing smokey sweet palate following a floral nose. It's non chill-filtered.  More info

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2012 - Limited Cask Release
$158.05

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Bourbon Cask

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Matured 100% in ex-bourbon casks, this 16 year old single malt proffers the chance to sample raw Bruichladdich, this bottling was launched to commemorate the 75th anniversary since US Prohibition…  More info

Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Bourbon Cask
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Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 56.1%
Caol Ila

A single cask from Caol Ila, bottled by Speciality Drinks. This was distilled on the 11th January 1991 and aged for 18 years in a hogshead (cask 194/200) before bottling on the 20th April 2009 at…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1991 - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)
$61.53

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

70cl, 60%
Laphroaig

A big, punchy cask-strength Laphroaig bottled by Signatory as part of their Single Cask Series.  More info

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

Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Fino Sherry

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This Bruichladdich was matured in bourbon barrels before a finish in Fino sherry casks. Part of an outturn of 6,000 bottles.  More info

Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Fino Sherry
$58.39

Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée C: Margaux (Chateau Margaux) 16 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Your chance to taste Bruichladdich with the added finesse of a First Growth wine from Bordeaux - France's sexiest wine region! This is the third release, 'Cuvée C' which was finished in Chateau…  More info

Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée C: Margaux (Chateau Margaux) 16 Year Old
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Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1979 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.4%
Bunnahabhain

A beautiful single cask Bunnahabhain from Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range. This was distilled in 1979 and finished in smaller "Octave" casks, the result of which is an increased maturation and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1979 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Bowmore 40 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 43.2%
Bowmore

What a very handsome and shiny wooden box this comes in. Behold it and marvel at its fine craftsmanship. The whisky contained within was distilled on the 15th September 1970 and aged for 40 years in…  More info

Bowmore 40 Year Old 1970 - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

Kilchoman Single Cask Release - Distillery Only

70cl, 61.7%
Kilchoman

A distillery-only release from Kilchoman Feis Ile 2012. It's a single cask malt matured in a bourbon cask from Buffalo Trace.  More info

Kilchoman Single Cask Release - Distillery Only
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$126.43

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 (Celtic Heartlands)

70cl, 51.9%
Caol Ila

A single cask, cask strength Caol Ila aged for a whopping 30 years. Chosen by Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan and bottled as part of his Celtic Heartland's range.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1980 (Celtic Heartlands)

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