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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 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 Classic Laddie Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$68.31

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 11155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

An independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay, matured in a single refill hoggie for 13 years. It was distilled by Bowmore in December 2001 and bottled in…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2001 (cask 11155) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.39

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 10822) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 40.60%
Bunnahabhain

A citrus-and-barley-rich single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on the isle of Islay, matured in a single refill hogshead for 24 years. It was distilled in November 1990 and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 10822) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$153.55

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

A 5 year old, independently bottled, quarter-cask-finish Caol ila single malt here, bottled by the folks at Langside for their Hepburn's Choice series. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2015…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$61.20

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

It's the 2003 vintage Caol Ila Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whisky, which has been finished in casks which previously held Moscatel wine. It was distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015 at 43%…  More info

Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$87.32

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 141) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58%
Bruichladdich

Cask strength Bruichladdich! This 25 year old Islay single malt was distilled back in September 1990 and left to age in a single refill butt until November 2015, when it was bottled with an outturn…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 141) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$156.33

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 2536) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 51.10%
Bunnahabhain

Well-Sherried Bunnahabhain, released as part of Càrn Mòr's fantastic Celebration of the Cask Black Gold range. This 20 year old Islay single malt was distilled in January 1995 and bottled in June…  More info

Bunnahabhain 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 2536) - Celebration Of The Cask Black Gold (Càrn Mòr)
$224.10

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack

60cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A Gift Pack of three 20cl bottle of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay. Excellent for those looking to explore the reange of whiskies from this top…  More info

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Gift Pack
$60.56

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 10704) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51%
Bunnahabhain

Extraordinarily aged Bunnahabhain from top bottler Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range. Just 258 bottles of this historic whisky, distilled back in January 1975, were produced.  More info

Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old 1975 (cask 10704) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$598.55

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)

70cl, 56.10%
Bunnahabhain

An independently bottled, heavily peated Bunnahabhain! This 7 year old single malt from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay was distilled in 2006 and matured in a single cask until 2014, when it was…  More info

Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 7 Year Old 2006 (cask 800092) (Berry Bros & Rudd)
$71.91

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 55.90%
Caol Ila

Lorne Mackillop chooses the expressions that become part of the Mackillop's Choice range, and they're all absolutely top notch drams. Distilled at the Islay distillery in 1990, this Caol Ila has been…  More info

Caol Ila 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 1484) - Mackillop's Choice
$132.69

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (casks 2178+2180) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

An independently bottled Bowmore single malt, drawn from two refill Sherry hogsheads by Signatory! The whisky was distilled by Bowmore in October 2002 and bottled in March 2015 without any chill…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (casks 2178+2180) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
$69.06

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10951) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%
Laphroaig

Independently bottled Laphroaig matured in a single cask, quite a treat! Distilled in October 1997, this single malt spent 18 years in a refill hogshead beofre being bottled in December 2015 by…  More info

Laphroaig 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10951) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$132.57

Lp6 - Elements of Islay (Laphroaig)

50cl, 51.30%
Laphroaig

Another entry in Speciality Drinks' Elements of Islay series from the "Lp" distillery. The sixth edition is plenty peaty, with good helpings of vanilla and vibrant fruit flesh notes. This has been…  More info

Lp6 - Elements of Islay (Laphroaig)
$95.91

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11509) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

From one of the most well-loved Scotch distillery - Bowmore out on the Isle of Islay - comes this 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Old Malt Cask by Hunter Laing. It was…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2002 (cask 11509) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$73.56

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.60%
Caol Ila

Well aged Caol Ila, anyone? Oh yes, this is a single cask bottling of 25 year old single malt from the legendary Islay distillery, presented as part of the Xtra Old Particular range by Douglas Laing.…  More info

Caol Ila 25 Year Old 1989 (cask 10749) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$312.50

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.20%
Bowmore

From one of the excellent distilleries on the Island of Islay comes this edition of Mackillop's Choice. Give a warm welcome to the Bowmore 1990, which was distilled in April 1990 and bottled in July…  More info

Bowmore 23 Year Old 1990 (cask 185082) - Mackillop's Choice
$198.93

Sea Swept Barnacle 1987 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

We love the imagery Wemyss conjure with the names of their releases, "Sea Swept Barnacle" giving plenty of indication as to the character of this single cask Bunnahabhain. In fact, it's made us…  More info

Sea Swept Barnacle 1987 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$186.05

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2001 - Renaissance

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A second of two special releases to mark the acquisition and rebirth of the Islay distillery, originally founded in 1881. Distilled in 2001 and matured in bourbon casks, 2,500 unpeated bottles were…  More info

Bruichladdich 9 Year Old 2001 - Renaissance
$85.11

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

'Blowing on a Sea Breeze' is that name of this Wemyss Malts independent bottling of Bunnahabhain single malt, matured in a single hogshead from 1990 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 209…  More info

Blowing on a Sea Breeze 1990 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Bunnahabhain)
$137.64

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

Released in a trio of travel retail bottlings, Bowmore's White Sands 17 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky gets matured in ex-bourbon casks, bringing creamy vanilla and thick treacle notes to the…  More info

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old
2
$77.87

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 - Boisdale 25th Anniversary

70cl, 44%
Bunnahabhain

A special single cask release of late '80s Bunnah to celebrate Boisdale's 25th anniversary. Distilled on 20th October 1989 and bottled in 2015, the outturn was just 200 bottles.  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1989 - Boisdale 25th Anniversary
$171.50

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old

70cl, 54.10%
Bowmore

Strictly 1 Per Customer A cask strength, non-chillfiltered, Spanish-Sherry-butt-finished 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bowmore distillery. As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent!" It…  More info

Bowmore Laimrig 15 Year Old
$84.13

Laphroaig Select

70cl, 40%
Laphroaig

For the Laphroaig Select, the Islay distillery has taken whisky from a number of different types of cask, including Oloroso Sherry butts, white American oak, Pedro Ximenez seasoned hoggies, Quarter…  More info

Laphroaig Select
35
$40.86

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l

100cl, 40%
Laphroaig

A litre bottling of Laphroaig's QA Cask single malt Scotch whisky, which is initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before ensuring a finishing period in charred American white oak casks. With this…  More info

Laphroaig QA Cask 1l
3
$68.45

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