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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 Islay Barley 2009

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

It's the 2009 vintage of Bruichladdich's popular Islay Barley single malt Scotch whisky! We love that Bruichladdich specify which farms the barley came from for these releases - this time, the barley…  More info

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009
$49.19

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Bowmore

This is a single cask Bowmore single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in December 2001 and bottled in October 2014 with an…  More info

Bowmore 12 Year Old 2001 (cask 10893) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$75.79

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

This is the 5th edition of Kilchoman's very popular 100% Islay series, released in 2015 - the year of Kilchoman's 10th anniversary, we'll have you know! A lightly peated single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 5th Edition
2
$75.31

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A gift pack from the Kilchoman distillery on the west coast of Islay! This pack includes a 70cl bottle of their Machir Bay single malt (which is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$54.54

Bowmore Legend

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

A young, rather gentle Bowmore. Whilst not massively complex or full-bodied, Legend is still a great value for money malt.  More info

Bowmore Legend
24
$37.62

Bruichladdich Organic Scottish Barley 1l

100cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A travel retail release of Bruichladdich organic single malt Scotch whisky, made with barley sourced from Mid Coul Farm, Mains of Tullibardine Farm and Coulmore farm. It's an unpeted expression,…  More info

Bruichladdich Organic Scottish Barley 1l
5
$72.58

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
$52.48

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978052) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.80%
Bruichladdich

21 year old Bruichladdich single malt, bottled as part of The Octave range. This was distilled on the Isle of Islay in 1992, allowed a finishing period in a tiny octave cask and bottled in 2014 with…  More info

Bruichladdich 21 Year Old 1992 (cask 978052) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$153.57

Bowmore Black Rock 1l

100cl, 40%
Bowmore

A travel retail release from Bowmore, Black Rock is matured predominantly in Spanish ex-Sherry casks for a sweet-but smoky dram. Plenty of rich fruit, chewy vanilla and peat smoke, all well balanced.…  More info

Bowmore Black Rock 1l
9
$54.54

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 2490 & 2491) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 48.10%
Bruichladdich

A 25 year old whisky from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks which were home to the whisky for a quarter of a century. It was distilled in 1991 and…  More info

Bruichladdich 25 Year Old 1991 (casks 2490 & 2491) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)
$186.75

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)
$163.82

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10984) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.20%
Bunnahabhain

A 25 year old Bunnahabhain single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill hogshead from November 1990 to November 2015! This comes to us via the Doulgas Laing Xtra Old Particular range, which is…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old 1990 (cask 10984) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$218.99

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
7
$62.32

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985

70cl, 52.30%
Bowmore

This whisky is from the oldest distillery on Islay, Bowmore. This bottling is an impressive 26 years old and is bottled at 52.3% abv.  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old 1985
$565.44

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

70cl, 56.20%
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)
$121.10

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

70cl, 43%
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
$67.16

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 - Ancien Regime

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The first of two special releases to mark the acquisition and rebirth of Bruichladdich distillery, distilled in 1998 under the previous ownership. 2,500 bottles were produced, matured in bourbon…  More info

Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 - Ancien Regime
$89.14

Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2011 - Sherry Cask Release (cask 666/2011) (Bresser & Timmer)

70cl, 57.80%
Kilchoman

Originally bottled for Bresser & Timmer of the Netherlands, this Kilchoman was matured in a single Oloroso Sherry hogshead from 3rd November 2011 to 21st March 2016. The outturn was 342 bottles.  More info

Kilchoman 4 Year Old 2011 - Sherry Cask Release (cask 666/2011) (Bresser & Timmer)
$100.08

Kilchoman 7 Year Old 2008

70cl, 46%
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
$72.17

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Cheiftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%
Bowmore

A Chieftain's bottling of 14 year old single malt from the excellent Bowmore distillery on the Isle of Islay. This was distilled in April 2002 and allowed to mature in hogshead casks until August…  More info

Bowmore 14 Year Old 2002 (casks 815801-815810) - Cheiftain's (Ian Macleod)
$77.83

Bunnahabhain Toiteach

70cl, 46%
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
$65.61

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
1
$79.50

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
4
$70.90

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$50.34

Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 1) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.40%
Bunnahabhain

An very interesting indie bottling from Murray McDavid's Mission Gold - 36 year old Bunnahabhain! Distilled in 1978, this was initially matured in a bourbon barrel before being transferred over to a…  More info

Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1978 (cask 1) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$330.43

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