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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 XX Nostalgia Feis Ile 2012

70cl, 50.40%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich's XX Nostalgia is the distillery's 2012 Feis Ile bottling, and very nice it is too. As you might expect from Bruichladdich it has an unusual twist, and has been finished in Gaga Barolo…  More info

Bruichladdich XX Nostalgia Feis Ile 2012
$182.72

Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at Bunnahabhain in 1997 and aged in bourbon barrels before it was taken to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was finished in Port Pipes. It was bottled after 13 years in 2010,…  More info

Bunnahabhain 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Ardbeg - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.90%
Ardbeg

This whisky hails from the illustrious Islay distillery of Ardbeg - that sits on the island’s Southern coast and produces its highly peated malt whisky. Ardbeg closed in July 1996, thankfully the…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Smoke on the Sea Shore 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A beautiful whisky, which tastes exactly as the name suggests! This is a single cask Islay malt, distilled in 1996, and aged in a hogshead before bottling for the Wemyss Malts range in 2011. A…  More info

Smoke on the Sea Shore 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$93.84

Laphroaig 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 11728) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.20%
Laphroaig

A big, spicy, smoky Laphroaig distilled on the 29th October 1990 and aged for 21 years before bottling in March of 2012. This is a cask strength release from MacKillop's Choice, aged in cask 11728.  More info

Laphroaig 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 11728) - Mackillop's Choice

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2003 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 57.90%
Bowmore

This Bowmore was bottled in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay and still delivers a top quality Scotch.  More info

Bowmore 8 Year Old 2003 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$58.46

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This is a nineteen year old Caol Ila from The Cooper's Choice range bottled at 46% abv. Caol Ila is a peated malt whisky with a coastal character.  More info

Caol Ila 19 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$70.39

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2000 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This Bowmore was aged in a sherry cask for 9 years. It was taken for additional maturation at the Bruichladdich warehouses, before bottling in 2009. A release of 1,600 bottles from Murray McDavid.  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2000 (Murray McDavid)

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

A sherry-butt-matured Bunnahabhain distilled in Autumn 2001 and aged for 9 years before bottling in Spring 2011. A delicious single cask whisky from the Provenance range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2001 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$58.43

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old 1992 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56%
Bunnahabhain

This is a big sherried Bunnahabhain bottled by independent bottler Murray McDavid (of that there Bruichladdich).  More info

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old 1992 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1996 - Signatory

70cl, 49.10%
Laphroaig

Signatory have brought us a fifteen year old Laphroaig, the Marmite of the Islay whiskies! This pungent beast takes no prisoners and unleashes its medicinal peat with daring precision.  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1996 - Signatory
$84.46

Caol Ila 16 Years Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

Caol Ila is near Port Askaig in Islay and this sixteen year old whisky has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. All the whiskies in the Old Malt Cask range are bottled without…  More info

Caol Ila 16 Years Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$84.08

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.80%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in April 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in April 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
$494.59

Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1978 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 52.30%
Bunnahabhain

A stunning whisky from Murray McDavid, incredibly rare, and impressively packaged. This was distilled at Bunnahabhain in 1978 and aged for 32 years in sherry wood. Bottled as a release of 810…  More info

Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1978 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Cask 7858) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

An 11 year old Bowmore, distilled in September 2000 and aged in a sherry butt before bottling in November 2011. A rich, muscular malt, and part of a release of just 439 bottles.  More info

Bowmore 11 Year Old 2000 (Cask 7858) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$66.65

Ardbeg Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

70cl, 53%
Ardbeg

One of the rarest things ever to be, Ardbeg's stunning cask 1217 was especially laid down for Lord Robertson's (NATO Secretary General, born on Islay) charity project Erskine, which provides nursing…  More info

Ardbeg Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
$731.09

Ardbeg 18 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.30%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg changed hands between 1996 and 1997, since then the distillery has only released a Ten Year Old with an age statement. So it is pretty darn exciting *massively massively exciting* to get to…  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée D: Pessac Leognan (Chateau Haut-Brion) 16 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

Oooh la la. A superb Bruichladdich matured in wine barrels from one of the greatest wineries in the world: Chateau Haut-Brion from Pessac-Léognan! Makers of This is part of Bruichladdich's series of…  More info

Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée D: Pessac Leognan (Chateau Haut-Brion) 16 Year Old

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2001 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore in 2001, and initially aged in bourbon casks. It was then taken a few miles down the road to the Bruichladdich distillery, where it was finished in Port Pipes before…  More info

Bowmore 9 Year Old 2001 (Murray McDavid)

Laphroaig 14 Years Old 1998 Cask 9222 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

Douglas Laing have bottled a single cask of the peaty Laphroaig single malt, with chill filtration, for their Old Malt Cask series.  More info

Laphroaig 14 Years Old 1998 Cask 9222 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$92.54

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This is a 20 year old Caol Ila bottled for the Cooper's Choice series of Scotch whisky.  More info

Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$70.39

Bowmore 1996 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 55.90%
Bowmore

This is a delicious cask-strength Bowmore from Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was distilled in 1996, aged in a single cask (number 1378) and bottled in 2011.  More info

Bowmore 1996 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$61.88

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1989 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53.70%
Bowmore

This is twenty-two year old Bowmore was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd from a single cask.  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1989 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$112.56

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Selected by Jim McEwan, this was distilled at Bunnahabhain in 1997, and aged in bourbon casks before a finish in Premier Cru Sauternes casks from Château d'Yquem. Bottled at the Bruichladdich…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.40%
Bowmore

This is a twenty-two year old Bowmore from independent bottlers Murray MsDavid's Mission range. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on the storm-swept isle of Islay and displays peaty coastal flavours…  More info

Bowmore 22 Year Old 1989 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

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