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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.

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1987 (cask 383579) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 55.90%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at Bunnahabhain in 1987, aged for 24 years and bottled for Duncan Taylor for their stellar Octave range.  More info

Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1987 (cask 383579) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Caol Ila 2000 (casks 309558+309559) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 61.40%
Caol Ila

Matured in two first fill Sherry butts, this 2000 vintage Caol Ila was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in June 2012 as part of their Cask Strength range.  More info

Caol Ila 2000 (casks 309558+309559) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Lagavulin Feis Ile 2008

70cl, 52.90%
Lagavulin

Released as a special bottling for the Islay Festival in 2008, this single cask, cask strength release was distilled in 1993 and hand selected by Iain McArthur. It was matured in cask 1403 (European…  More info

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2008
$541.25

Port Charlotte Peat Project

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

This Port Charlotte is a heavily peated (44ppm) single malt whisky from the progressive Islay distillers at Bruichladdich. This bottling is a blend of multiple vintages of this smoky whisky and…  More info

Port Charlotte Peat Project
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$47.52

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9810) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.30%
Bruichladdich

The Old Malt Cask, a classic range from indie bottlers Douglas Laing, now comes under the newly formed Hunter Laing as Fred and Stewart Laing have chosen to go their separate ways, splitting the…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1988 (cask 9810) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9913) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Caol Ila

Hunter Laing, the company that Stewart Laing created when the assets of Douglas Laing were split between himself and his brother, retained the excellent Old Malt Cask label. This Caol Ila, is 18…  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old 1994 (cask 9913) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 800291/292/294) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A (comparatively) young Islay whisky from Signatory. Peat smoke ho!  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 800291/292/294) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1979 - Batch 0002 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This is the second batch of Duncan Taylor's 32 year old Bunnahabhain, distilled in September 1979, this Islay malt was bottled in July 2012 as part of their Dimensions range. The dark hue is natural…  More info

Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1979 - Batch 0002 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition 1

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A blend of different vintages, Laddie Classic marks a full release of American Oak matured whisky, crafted by Master Distiller Jim McEwan to exhibit the true, classic flavours of Bruichladdich,…  More info

Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition 1
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Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6483) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.80%
Caol Ila

A 30 year old Caol Ila distilled in December 1982 and bottled in April 2013 by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Matured in cask 6483, there was an outturn of 270 bottles.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6483) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1992 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.80%
Bruichladdich

This is a 19 year old, single cask Bruichladdich from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions series. It was distilled in November 1992 before a maturation in cask 3674. It was then bottled at natural cask…  More info

Bruichladdich 19 Year Old 1992 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 3rd Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

A love letter to the traditional craft, Kilchoman 100% Islay is produced from barley "grown, malted, distilled and bottled at the distillery". Originally, Kilchoman intended to produce all of their…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 3rd Edition
$70.48

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Heavily Peated

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The 10 year old Port Charlotte is the first of the PC bottlings to join Bruichladdich's core range. It is a rich, smouldering dram distilled from malt peated to 40ppm.  More info

Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Heavily Peated
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$46.80

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 3672) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.30%
Bruichladdich

This is a 20 year old single cask Bruichladdich from Duncan Taylor’s Dimensions series. It was distilled in November 1992 before maturation in cask 3674. It was bottled in December of 2012.  More info

Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 1992 (cask 3672) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Bruichladdich Peat

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

A newer release to replace the 3D bottling, a more peat rich single malt from the Bruichladdich distillery with phenol levels of 35ppm, though it does not overbear the typical 'Laddie characteristics.  More info

Bruichladdich Peat
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Ardbeg 10 Year Old with Glass Gift Pack

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

Ardbeg 10 Year Old remains a staple favourite of peat-lovers the world over, and with just one sip it’s easy to see why! Vanilla and citrus fruits underpinned with an Incredible Hulk of peat, this is…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old with Glass Gift Pack
$60.98

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 - Triple Matured

70cl, 56.50%
Caol Ila

STRICTLY ONE PER CUSTOMER Caol Ila’s limited edition Fèis Ìle festival bottling is a triple matured release of 3,000 bottles. But pray tell, what does ‘Triple Matured’ mean in this case? Well…  More info

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 - Triple Matured
$216.83

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This is a 23 year old Bunnahbhain which was distilled on the 20th October 1989. Single cask Bunnahabhains seem to have a habit of being quite different from one another. This particular cask is like…  More info

Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 19) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%
Bunnahabhain

This was distilled at the Bunnahabhain distillery in 1990 before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (number 19). It was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012, and it comes without…  More info

Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1990 (cask 19) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
$99.08

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

Do you have problems with chill filtration? Well you're in luck, as Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection doesn't allow it! The range now includes a 16 year old Caol Ila from casks 5572 & 5573.  More info

Caol Ila 17 Year Old 1996 (casks 5572+5573) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

Distilled at the oldest Islay distillery, Bowmore, this un-chillfiltered 13 year old was bottled by Signatory. Casks 1432 & 1433 produced some rather fantastic single malt Scotch whisky. 809 bottles…  More info

Bowmore 13 Year Old 2000 (casks 1432+1433) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Ardbeg

These mid-1990s Connoisseur's Choice bottlings of mid-70s Ardbegs have become legendary, and this is a truly stunning example we don't expect to hang around very long...  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9808) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

Bottled by Douglas Hunter Laing, this Bowmore single cask whisky was matured for 15 years old. Part of the Old Malt Cask range, only 239 bottles were produced from cask 9808.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 9808) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2688) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 48.60%
Bruichladdich

Carn Mor have bottled this 22 year old, 1990 vintage Bruichladdich for their Celebration of the Cask series. Bruichladdich was mothballed during the 1990s and this whisky was distilled before this…  More info

Bruichladdich 22 Year Old 1990 (cask 2688) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 9932) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Laphroaig

A single cask independent bottling of Laphroaig single malt whisky, because there can never be too much Islay whisky. This release from cask 9932 was matured for 15 years before Hunter Laing bottled…  More info

Laphroaig 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 9932) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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