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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 30 Year Old 1980 (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 40.2%
Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain single malt matured for three decades in a pair of ex-Sherry casks! The outturn was of 510 bottles in January 2016, having been filled back in May 1980.  More info

Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old 1980 (Rest & Be Thankful)
$376.42

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

70cl, 46%
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)
$83.55

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)
$41.51

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
15
$51.66

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
$68.39

Kilchoman 6 Year Old 2010 Original Cask Strength

70cl, 56.9%
Kilchoman

This is the second edition of Kilchoman's Original Cask Strength expression. The first one was drawn from ex-bourbon barrels, while this second edition was aged for over 6 years in quarter casks and…  More info

Kilchoman 6 Year Old 2010 Original Cask Strength
$75.22

Bowmore 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A comparatively recent release from Bowmore, the 18 year old was launched in January of 2007 to replace the 17 year old. A perfumed, fruity offering from the Islay distillery.  More info

Bowmore 18 Year Old
17
$82.32

Octomore 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 2009004314) - Tempranillo Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 65.7%
Bruichladdich

Very well-peated single malt from Bruichladdich, bottled under their Octomore name by Rest & Be Thankful! This was distilled in November 2009 and aged for 6 years in a cask that previously held…  More info

Octomore 6 Year Old 2009 (cask 2009004314) - Tempranillo Cask (Rest & Be Thankful)
$208.89

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
$61.69

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil

70cl, 56.7%
Bowmore

When the folk of Bowmore formed an angry mob to chase the devil out of the church (which is of course round, offering him nowhere to hide), down the road and through the distillery, it was assumed…  More info

Bowmore The Devil's Casks III - Double The Devil
21
$154.61

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.9%
Bunnahabhain

It's the 3rd batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Bunnahabhain, and their first Bunna bottling with an age statement - this right here is a 33 year old single malt! There's lots going on around…  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$218.53

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail

70cl, 58.7%
Bruichladdich

A 12 year old peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery, Oileanach furachail translates as something like 'attentive islander'. This is a reference to Adam Hannett's apprenticeship under Jim McEwan…  More info

Port Charlotte PC12 Oilenach Furachail
2
$112.30

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 Release

70cl, 46%
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
4
$65.94

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
42
$35.05

Caol Ila 36 Year Old 1980 (cask 11491) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.4%
Caol Ila

36 year old single malt from the fantastic Caol Ila distillery on the Isle of Islay, drawn from a single refill hogshead which matured the whisky from September 1980 to November 2016. Only 172…  More info

Caol Ila 36 Year Old 1980 (cask 11491) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$356.11

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 159) Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.5%
Bruichladdich

A 24 year old Bruichladdich bottled in 2015 by Signatory for Maison du Whisky and released for Whisky Live Paris 2015. The outturn was 506 bottles from a single Sherry butt.  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 159) Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$146.82

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01

70cl, 57.8%
Bruichladdich

Originally released for the Travel Retail Market in the first half of 2016, Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 is a peated expression from the Bruichladdich distillery which has been fully matured in French…  More info

Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01
$92.15

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1990 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.1%
Bunnahabhain

26 year old single malt from Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery, independently bottled by the Glasgow-based North Star Spirits. This was distilled in November 1990 and bottled 26 years later in November…  More info

Bunnahabhain 26 Year Old 1990 - North Star Spirits
$152.55

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
$49.44

Smokehead - The Rock Edition

70cl, 43%
Smokehead

A very special, dramatic-looking edition of Smokehead single malt featuring a debossed "Smokehead Skull". Hugely peaty and very well-packaged!  More info

Smokehead - The Rock Edition
11
$34.88

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 6th Edition

70cl, 50%
Kilchoman

An extraordinary Islay single malt that in this day and age is uniquely made using barley that's grown, harvested, malted, distilled and matured all at a single farm distillery! Lightly peated in…  More info

Kilchoman 100% Islay - 6th Edition
$73.01

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Caol Ila

An indie Islay from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range here - it's a 2004 vintage single malt from the Caol Ila distillery, bottled in 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.71

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016

70cl, 54.5%
Lagavulin

It's the 2016 edition of the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival bottling. A collectable bottle released during their 200th Anniversary year - the whisky was drawn from refill American oak hogsheads and…  More info

Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2016
$360.88

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

Released in 2004, this bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long…  More info

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
131
$40.04

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

Created by Jim McEwan from whisky matured in American oak casks alongside Lochindaal, and chosen to represent the classic, unpeated distillery style. Bruichladdich's new signature bottling is made…  More info

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie
24
$40.16

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