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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.

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
12
$37.29

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
$54.93

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 58.50%
Bruichladdich

A Travel Retail bottling of Bruichladdich intensely-peated Octomore single malt Scotch whisky, which weighs in at a powerful 208 PPM. For the 07.2 release, this 5 year old whisky combines spirits…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.2 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
9
$154.25

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
10
$219.34

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)
$2198.99

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

50cl, 47.90%
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)
$233.62

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old

70cl, 46.30%
Bunnahabhain

In what will be seen as a positive move to whisky connoisseurs, Bunnahabhain have decided to bottle the 25 year old without chill-filtration and without colouring. Presented in smoked oak glass…  More info

Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old
15
$257.41

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
16
$88.00

Smokehead 18 Year Old Extra Black

70cl, 46%
Smokehead

A release of 6,000 bottles of 18 year old Smokehead, packaged smartly in an "extra black" bottle. Full bodied and rich.  More info

Smokehead 18 Year Old Extra Black
9
$108.01

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
$89.78

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)
$100.80

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured

70cl, 40%
Bowmore

Bowmore Small Batch is an elegant Islay single malt, when gets matured in both first-fill and second-fill bourbon barrels. A great introduction to Bowmore's lovely smoky flavour profile - the Small…  More info

Bowmore Small Batch - Bourbon Cask Matured
10
$40.59

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 2763) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 50.50%
Caol Ila

Part of the Artist Collection #5 for La Maison du Whisky, this stunning 30 year old Caol Ila was bottled by Signatory in 2015.  More info

Caol Ila 30 Year Old 1984 (cask 2763) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$361.16

Kilchoman Sanaig

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

A handsome release from Islay's newest distillery, Kilchoman Sanaig is an enjoyably peaty single malt which has been vatted from both bourbon and Sherry casks. It's named after a small, rocky creek…  More info

Kilchoman Sanaig
4
$54.93

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008

70cl, 50%
Bruichladdich

A travel retail Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky, made with Bere barley, which has a much lower yield than other varieties. For the 2008 vintage Bere Barley Bruichladdich (a phrase which…  More info

Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008
$63.33

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
4
$73.11

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay. This single malt has enjoyed maturation in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest
34
$59.89

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 48.60%
Bunnahabhain

We've independently bottled an absolutely cracking 33 year old Bunnahabhain single malt! It was distilled on the Isle of Islay all the way back in August 1982 and left to mature in a refill Sherry…  More info

Bunnahabhain 33 Year Old 1982 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
1
$328.41

The Ileach Cask Strength

70cl, 58%
Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

A great Islay single malt from an unnamed distillery. The Ileach always scores well with the critics, this cask strength edition was awarded a mindblowingly high 97 points by Jim Murray in his Whisky…  More info

The Ileach Cask Strength
14
$47.76

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
22
$42.93

Laphroaig 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Laphroaig

Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.  More info

Laphroaig 10 Year Old
304
$38.40

Kilchoman Machir Bay

70cl, 46%
Kilchoman

Kilchoman's Machir Bay is an excellent single malt Scotch whisky from the isle of Islay. The distillers use whisky which has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in…  More info

Kilchoman Machir Bay
8
$47.50

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

70cl, 57%
Bruichladdich

The sixth edition of experimental Octomore, famous for being made with the most heavily peated barley on the planet. Bruichladdich are still able to impart a delicate, graceful emphasis within this…  More info

Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley
21
$112.20

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 6

70cl, 54.90%
Bowmore

The sixth batch of Bowmore's popular Tempest single malt has arrived. After maturing for 10 years in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, this has been blended by Bowmore's Master Distiller and bottled at…  More info

Bowmore Tempest 10 Year Old - Batch 6
$49.55

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old - The Laddie Ten

70cl, 46%
Bruichladdich

The very first 10 year old whisky to be wholly distilled, aged and bottled following Bruichladdich's resurrection in 2001. In many ways this marks the beginning of the new era, and this will be…  More info

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old - The Laddie Ten
65
$76.94

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