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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.

Bunnhabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 46.0%
Bunnahabhain

From the Malts of Scotland independently bottling selection comes a single cask Bunnahabhain single malt, distilled in 2005, aged in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV. 278 bottles of…  More info

Bunnhabhain 2005 (bottled 2015) (cask 15034) - 46 Range (Malts of Scotland)
$73.55

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 42.9%
Bunnahabhain

An indie Bunnah, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd! This Bunnahabhain was distilled on the island of Islay in 1989 and matured in cask #5716 for 24 years before being bottled by the legendary wine and…  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 (cask 5716) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$113.10

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40.0%
Bunnahabhain

A collectible bottle of 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay, released in the 1990s. It features the classic seafaring chap on the label, who looks to be…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - 1990s
$103.83

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna

100cl, 50.0%
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
$86.31

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

70cl, 46.0%
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.)
$53.71

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3093 & 3095) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

An independently bottled single malt from the Bruchladdich distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which housed the whisky for 23 years. This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in October…  More info

Bruichladdich 23 Year Old 1992 (casks 3093 & 3095) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$87.65

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1994 (casks 776 & 777) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 56.2%
Bruichladdich

A Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength bottling of 21 year old Bruichladdich single malt, aged in a pair of refill Sherry butts. This was distilled on Islay in October 1994 and left to mature until May…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1994 (casks 776 & 777) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$119.69

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%
Caol Ila

Dig in to some Islay deliciousness here - it's an indie bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky! This was distilled in September 2007 and drawn from a pair of bourbon barrels in March 2016 by…  More info

Caol Ila 8 Year Old 2007 (casks 315331 & 315334) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$52.99

Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year Old

70cl, 46.0%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich have launched a new range of whiskies which aim to create a signature style and move away from the often adventurous bottlings of the last ten years. This 22 year old forms the older of…  More info

Bruichladdich Laddie 22 Year Old
$135.14

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%
Ardbeg

This is an independently bottled, single cask, 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, writing that sort of thing is always pretty exciting to do - almost as much as reading it! This Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice
$372.39

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

70cl, 43.0%
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
1
$78.57

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

70cl, 43.0%
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)
2
$35.29

Bunnahabhain Toiteach

70cl, 46.0%
Bunnahabhain

Toiteach is Gaelic for "Smoky", a hint of what's to come. That's right, a heavily peated Bunnahabhain! A great chance to try a smoky malt from a distiller of gentle, fruity Islay whisky.  More info

Bunnahabhain Toiteach
12
$64.84

Bruichladdich - The Laddie 16 Year Old

70cl, 46.0%
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
5
$118.74

Bowmore White Sands 17 Year Old

70cl, 43.0%
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
3
$70.07

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.8%
Bunnahabhain

A 22 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range. Distilled on Islay in 1991 and bottled in 2014, but not before it was finished in a tiny Octave Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 387843) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$149.59

Smokehead Extra Rare 1l

100cl, 40.0%
Smokehead

A heavily peated Islay single malt from Ian Macleod, Smokehead Extra Rare is a travel retail exclusive, and offer tons of flavour…  More info

Smokehead Extra Rare 1l
2
$60.31

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11073) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Caol Ila

5 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Coal Ila distillery on the island of Islay, matured in a refill hogshead from December 2010 to March 2016. It has been bottled by Douglas Laing for the…  More info

Caol Ila 5 Year Old 2010 (cask 11073) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$49.75

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

70cl, 50.4%
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)
$370.92

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43.0%
Caol Ila

A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more…  More info

Caol Ila 2002 (bottled 2014) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
1
$66.37

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)

70cl, 46.0%
Bowmore

This is an independently bottled single malt from the Bowmore distillery, aged in a single hogshead cask from 1989 to 2016 before being bottled by the brilliant Wemyss Malts. To give you an idea of…  More info

Barbecue Mango Salsa 1989 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Bowmore)
$265.05

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11363) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46.0%
Laphroaig

A Douglas Laing bottling of 10 year old single malt from the legendary Laphroaig distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was matured in a single refill hogshead from November 2005 to August 2016, when…  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11363) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$64.88

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2008

70cl, 46.0%
Kilchoman

A very special Kilchoman release - their first ever 7 year old! Distilled in July 2008, it was matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels up until August 2015 when this limited vintage vatting was…  More info

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2008
1
$71.33

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release

70cl, 46.0%
Kilchoman

This is the 2015 release of Kilchoman's fantastic Loch Gorm well-Sherried single malt Scotch whisky. For the 2015 release, along with whisky which was matured in Oloroso Sherry butts (as the previous…  More info

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release
2
$69.16

Darkness! Port Charlotte 6 Year Old Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Hybrid Cask Finish

50cl, 55.9%
Bruichladdich

This is a Darkness! bottling of 6 year old Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky, finished in a very interesting cask - it was a specially coopered, 50 litre cask, made with staves from both Pedro…  More info

Darkness! Port Charlotte 6 Year Old Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Hybrid Cask Finish
$100.53

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