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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.

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 362) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

14 year old single malt from the Laphroaig distillery on the Island of Islay, matured in a bourbon barrel from 2001 to October 2015. An independently release from Murray McDavid as part of their…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 362) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$126.77

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 52.10%
Bruichladdich

Distilled in April 1989 at Bruichladdich, this 26 year old independent release from a single refill hogshead filled 225 bottles in September 2015. A well aged Islay malt from Douglas Laing's Extra…  More info

Bruichladdich 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10859) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$184.76

Bruichladdich - The Laddie 16 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This is the latest release from Bruichladdich. An un-peated sixteen year old bottling from an American Oak cask.  More info

Bruichladdich - The Laddie 16 Year Old
8
$121.08

Smokey Joe Islay Malt

70cl, 46%
The Leading Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd

A blended malt made up of different Islay single malt whiskies. We're not sure which ones, exactly, but we do know that it tastes delicious!  More info

Smokey Joe Islay Malt
24
$38.95

Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 58.10%
Bruichladdich

This is the first Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky which we've bottled as part of our Single Cask Series! It was distilled in April 2009, allowed to age in a first fill bourbon hogshead for 6…  More info

Port Charlotte 6 Year Old 2009 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$99.20

Octomore 07.3 5 Year Old

70cl, 63%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich distillery's range of insanely peated single malts continues with this 63% abv 07.3 release, made with 169 phenolic parts per million. That's an awful lot, more than any normal 'heavily…  More info

Octomore 07.3 5 Year Old
$158.68

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
$78.09

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #9 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.10%
Bunnahabhain

An intense, peaty dram from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled for La Maison du Whisky's The Ten series. This is #09 in the series, the most powerful, intense expression out of all 10 releases - a…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2008 (Bottled 2014) - The Ten #9 (La Maison du Whisky)
$66.29

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.40%
Bowmore

Single cask Bowmore, presented as part of Murray McDavid's illustrious Mission Gold indie bottling series! It was distilled in 1989, initially matured in a bourbon barrel and finished in a Chateau…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 3) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$378.21

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 53.30%
Bruichladdich

A cask strength bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay, drawn from three refill American hogshead casks. It was distilled in October 1991 and…  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$123.98

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l

100cl, 43%
Bowmore

From Bowmore's travel retail selection, unveiled in 2014, the Gold Reef is a gorgeous coastal dram, matured mostly in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. A fantastic Islay single malt.  More info

Bowmore Gold Reef 1l
2
$65.98

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna

100cl, 50%
Bunnahabhain

Cruach Mhóna is gaelic for a pile of drying peat bricks and follows on from Toiteach (gaelic for smoky) as a peaty offering from Bunnahabhain. Although Islay is famed for its peat, Bunnahabhain's…  More info

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna
3
$88.01

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Joint Bottling With La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 49.80%
Bunnahabhain

From the Bunnahabhain distillery on the island of Islay comes a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky, released as a joint bottling between La Maison du Whisky and The Nectar in Belgium. It was…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1990 - The Nectar Of The Daily Drams (Joint Bottling With La Maison Du Whisky)
$134.06

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 303014) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)

70cl, 57.20%
Caol Ila

An independently bottled Caol Ila single malt, aged in a single cask for 10 years. It was distilled in April 2006 and bottled a decade later in June 2016 by the chaps from Gordon & Company for the…  More info

Caol Ila 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 303014) - Pearls of Scotland (Gordon & Company)
$89.29

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2009 Original Cask Strength

70cl, 59.20%
Kilchoman

Oh yes, cask strength Kilchoman! Exciting stuff. This 5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Islay's farm distillery came from 35 ex-bourbon barrels which were filled in 2009 and opened in 2014,…  More info

Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2009 Original Cask Strength
3
$90.72

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie bottling of Islay single malt Scotch whisky from the Coal Ila distillery, drawn fro a pair of hogshead casks which were filled in 2008 and cracked open in 2016. This is a Strictly Limited…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2008 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$44.40

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1990 Black Art 04.1

70cl, 49.20%
Bruichladdich

The fourth release of the legendary Bruichladdich Black Art whisky. With the recipe a mystery to everyone apart from the creator, it's still a cryptic enigma.  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1990 Black Art 04.1
11
$219.46

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.20%
Port Ellen

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)
$2200.15

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 47%
Ardbeg

This is a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the much-love Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay, aged in a trio of barrels which matured the whisky from 2001 to 2016. A release of 682…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)
$172.53

Bunnahabhain 2006 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%
Bunnahabhain

A rather splendid indie bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled for the MacPhail's Collection by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled on the Isle of Islay in…  More info

Bunnahabhain 2006 (bottled 2015) - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
3
$35.98

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 365) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

One of a trio of 14 year old single cask Laphroaig bottlings from Murray McDavid's Benchmark range - this one was matured in bourbon barrel number #365 from 2001 to October 2015. A release of 170…  More info

Laphroaig 14 Year Old 2001 (cask 365) - Benchmark (Murray McDavid)
$126.77

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 0186) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Laphroaig

It's an independently bottled Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single cask for 9 years! This was distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2015 by the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for their Coopers…  More info

Laphroaig 9 Year Old 2005 (cask 0186) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$54.76

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
$182.54

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 5682) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 53.60%
Caol Ila

This is a single cask bottling of some very well-aged Caol Ila single malt - exciting stuff! It was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature in a single hogshead cask for 34 years, before it…  More info

Caol Ila 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 5682) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$386.71

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

An 18 year old Bruichladdich single malt, distilled in 1989 and matured in a combination of bourbon and Madeira casks! This was bottled by Murray McDavid, who you may know bought the distillery in…  More info

Bruichladdich 18 Year Old 1989 (Murray McDavid)
$395.86

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