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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 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 52.50%
Port Ellen

It’s a Port Ellen, it’s rare and everyone wants some but well… it’s easy to see why. Bottled from a mixture of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks at 52.5%abv and with an impressive thirty-two years of…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)
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$1625.76

Bruichladdich 40 Year Old

70cl, 43.10%
Bruichladdich

A release of just 500 bottles, this 40 year old is the oldest bottling one can find from the Bruichladdich distillery, only 100 bottles have been allocated for the UK market.  More info

Bruichladdich 40 Year Old

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

50cl, 48.70%
Bowmore

This is the first batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Bowmore. This offering is a peaty style with a sherried streak running right through the middle of it. ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’…  More info

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

Bowmore 25 Year Old (old bottling)

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 2007 release of 25 year old whisky from the Bowmore distillery. The older whiskies used in this single malt were aged in predominantly sherry casks and this has brought a lovely roundness with…  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old (old bottling)
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$240.07

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 40%
Port Ellen

This is a previous Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Port Ellen. The Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983 and today only the maltings remain in use. This Port Ellen was bottled in 2001 and offers a rare…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)
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$330.62

Bowmore 12 Year Old (Alchemist)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A very rich, charactered 12 year old Bowmore, bottled by top bottlers, Alchemist. Very distinct, and uniquely Bowmore.  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old (Alchemist)
$42.93

Caol Ila 1995 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A sherry finished distillers edition from the Caol Ila distillery. Distilled in 1996, the Moscatel wine has coalesced beautifully with the smoked power of the Islay single malt, the feinty notes are…  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$48.31

Port Ellen - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.10%
Port Ellen

This is the second batch of the utterly beguiling Port Ellen from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a rich, smouldering, citrusy gem from what is perhaps Scotland's most legendary distillery, and…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1979 (cask 5305) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 58%
Caol Ila

A 31 year old Caol Ila distilled on the 2nd May 1979 and aged in cask 5305 before bottling in June of 2010 for the Mackillop's Choice range.  More info

Caol Ila 31 Year Old 1979 (cask 5305) - Mackillop's Choice

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1996 Cask 8512 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.10%
Laphroaig

A beautiful hogshead-matured Laphroaig from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. This was distilled on the 26th November 1996 before a 15 year maturation in a single cask. It was bottled at natural…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1996 Cask 8512 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$100.67

Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A special Caol Ila and the latest in a line of fantastic whiskies in the Distillers Edition range. The whisky has been double matured, first in American oak casks then a second maturation in casks…  More info

Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$61.10

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1981 (cask 3234) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.90%
Caol Ila

A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 30 year old single cask Caol Ila. This was distilled in 1981 and bottled in early 2012. It's cask strength and non-chill filtered.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1981 (cask 3234) - Mackillop's Choice
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Lagavulin 14 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate)

70cl, 46%
Lagavulin

The Syndicate is a group of whisky aficionados with a passion for the very best in Scotch single malts. This Lagavulin was distilled in 1990 and aged for 14 years before bottling as a single cask…  More info

Lagavulin 14 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate)
$220.39

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2001 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This is a very tasty single cask, sherry-matured Bunnahabhain from the Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range. It was distilled in 2001 and was aged in sherry butt number 3196 for 10…  More info

Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2001 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$48.89

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

This is a smoky, rich 21 year old Caol Ila from the Vintage Malt Whisky Company's Coopers Choice range. It was aged in a single cask (number 9056) before bottling in 2012.  More info

Caol Ila 21 Year Old 1991 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
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$63.67

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask 6485 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.10%
Caol Ila

This was distilled at Caol Ila on the 14th December 1982 before a 29 year maturation in a single cask (hogshead 6485). It was bottled at natural cask strength in December 2012, and it comes from…  More info

Caol Ila 29 Year Old 1982 Cask 6485 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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$169.86

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 1998 Cask 9227 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

This was distilled at the Laphroaig distillery in October 1998 before a 14 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in December 2012 and there are just…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 1998 Cask 9227 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$99.15

Caol Ila 1995 Madeira Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 45%
Caol Ila

Distilled at Coal Ila distillery in 1995 and finished in Madeira casks, this Islay single malt was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Private Collection range.  More info

Caol Ila 1995 Madeira Wood Finish - Private Collection (Gordon & Macphail)
$77.19

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1984 - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore on the 12th March 1984 and it was aged in cask M427 for 25 years before bottling in July 2009 by Montgomerie's.  More info

Bowmore 25 Year Old 1984 - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1991 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 50.10%
Bruichladdich

This Bruichladdich was distilled before the distillery was moth-balled and reopened. Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James', London, bottled this particular Bruichladdich in 2011.  More info

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1991 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$86.15

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (Old Bottle) (Auction Item)

75cl, 40%
Bunnahabhain

And old (and by proxy, rare) bottle of Bunnahabhain 12. This was bottled back in those heady times when whisky came in 75cl bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (Old Bottle) (Auction Item)
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Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

This was distilled at Bowmore on the 13th June 1997, and it was aged for 14 years in hogsheads 1906 and 1907 before bottling on the 13th June 2011. A release of 779 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$44.03

Wemyss Honey Spice 1991 (Bunnhabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

Honey Spice from Wemyss Malts is a tasty Bunnahabhain matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled at 46%.  More info

Wemyss Honey Spice 1991 (Bunnhabhain)
$89.18

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2471) (Old Bothwell)

70cl, 51%
Port Ellen

Distilled at Port Ellen distillery on Islay in 1982, this Old Bothwell single cask release comes from one of the most sought after distilleries of all time. When Diageo sought to shut down one of…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2471) (Old Bothwell)
$458.69

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2006

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Bere barley is one of the oldest cereal crops in Britain. It may have been brought over by the Vikings in the 9th century and has been grown ever since, having been used in single malt whiskies…  More info

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2006
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$41.36

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