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Islay Whisky

Popular Brands: Lagavulin | Ardbeg | Bowmore | Bruichladdich | Kilchoman

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.

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram. The 16 year old…  More info

Lagavulin 16 Year Old
464
$61.41 $54.71

Ardbeg Uigeadail

70cl, 54.2%
Ardbeg

Uigeadail derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Dark and Mysterious Place' and is named for the Loch from whence Ardbeg draws its waters. Jim Murray's 2009 World Whisky of the Year, this cask-strength…  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail
182
$58.06

Ardbeg An Oa

70cl, 46.6%
Ardbeg

An Oa is named after the Mull of Oa in the south west of Islay, which offers the Kildaton coast (where Ardbeg distillery is situated) some protection from the worst the Atlantic has to offer! As…  More info

Ardbeg An Oa
23
$54.71

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

A wonderfully balanced expression from the core Caol Ila range, this 18 year old is malty and thick with notes of Caol Ila smoke and phenols, a lovely Islay single malt without extreme levels of peat.  More info

Caol Ila 18 Year Old
15
$95.66

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 43%
Lagavulin

Here's the 2016 release of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition expression, which was distilled in 2000 and finished in Pedro Ximenéz casks before being bottled in 2016. 2016 was a big year for the…  More info

Lagavulin 2000 (bottled 2016) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
12
$84.89

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 56.5%
Lagavulin

Lagavulin has become a Special Releases stalwart – and for good reason. The classic Islay distillery is beloved by peat fans (and everyone's favourite Parks director, Ron Swanson). This year's 12…  More info

Lagavulin 12 Year Old (Special Release 2017)
5
$99.22
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Laphroaig Lore

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

Created by Distillery Manager John Campbell, Laphroaig Lore is said to be the richest ever Laphroaig! Named after the skills passed down over the generations, this permanent addition to the range is…  More info

Laphroaig Lore
12
$87.51 $83.77

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Caol Ila

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.  More info

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
102
$49.13

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

70cl, 46.3%
Bunnahabhain

This entry level Bunnahabhain bottling comes in a redesigned bottle. This 12 year old is lightly peated for an Islay single malt and consequently is a light, fresh dram. Now at the higher strength of…  More info

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
102
$48.99

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl, 57.1%
Ardbeg

Malt Advocate's Top Whisky of the Year for 2009! This is one of the legendary Islay malts. We loved the Committee release and we weren't disappointed with this incredible dram. This was released…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
82
$71.47

Octomore Masterclass_08.3 5 Year Old Islay Barley

70cl, 61.2%
Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich's Octomore expressions are know for being incredibly well-peated - but this one takes the proverbial biscuit and throws it out a window. The Octomore Masterclass_08.3 weighs in at a…  More info

Octomore Masterclass_08.3 5 Year Old Islay Barley
$188.37

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Ardbeg

Jim Murray's 2008 World Whisky of the Year! When Ardbeg 10 was released it was the first expression from the distillery not to be chill-filtered. It's a true classic from Islay, and a must have for…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
267
$44.31

The Ileach Peaty

70cl, 40%
The Ileach

The Ileach is a peaty single malt from a secret Islay distillery, this has received rave reviews from whisky critics and has a solid core of peat and malt.  More info

The Ileach Peaty
46
$33.91

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

70cl, 46.3%
Bunnahabhain

For the Ceòbanach (pronounced 'kyaw-bin-och'), the Bunnahabhain distillers have taken inspiration from the days when the distillery used to produced heavily peated spirit. Meaning 'Smoky mist' in…  More info

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach
17
$59.72
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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
33
RRP $46.93 $42.41

Islay Storm

70cl, 40%
Islay Storm

An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.  More info

Islay Storm
25
$27.88

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
288
$43.54

Bowmore 26 Year Old - The Vintner's Trilogy

70cl, 48.7%
Bowmore

The Vintner's Trilogy from Bowmore showcases the impact of lengthy wine-cask-finishes on the terrific Islay single malt. The 26 year old expression began its maturation in ex-bourbon barrels for 13…  More info

Bowmore 26 Year Old - The Vintner's Trilogy
$390.41

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1992 - Black Art 5

70cl, 48.4%
Bruichladdich

The fifth release in Bruichladdich's Black Art series, and their first with Adam Hannett at the helm following Jim McEwan's retirement. As ever, don't expect to find out the Black Art recipe from the…  More info

Bruichladdich 24 Year Old 1992 - Black Art 5
2
$298.42

Laphroaig Triple Wood

70cl, 48%
Laphroaig

An incredible new release from Laphroaig. This was originally launched for the duty free market, and it is a tour de force from the Islay distillery. First off, they mature this in bourbon barrels,…  More info

Laphroaig Triple Wood
34
$60.73

Port Askaig 100° Proof

70cl, 57.1%
Port Askaig

Launched in 2015, the Port Askaig 100° Proof is a big, smoky single malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed Islay distillery. This is bottled at 57.1% ABV - which is 100° Proof in a traditional system…  More info

Port Askaig 100° Proof
14
$52.35
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Bowmore 15 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Bowmore

A 15 year old released in January of 2007 from the legendary Bowmore distillery in Islay, finished in Sherry casks, imparting a rich sweetness that blends well with the peaty elements.  More info

Bowmore 15 Year Old
36
$64.77 $53.59

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.5%
Port Ellen

It's the sixth batch of Port Ellen independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the first to boast an age statement on its label - this right here is a 33 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
5
$1,117.62

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Port Askaig 8 Year Old

3cl, 45.8%
Port Askaig

A singular Christmas cracker featuring an Islay delight? Delicious! This Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker contains a wax-sealed 30ml dram of Port Askaig 8 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Port Askaig 8 Year Old
$8.66

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.8%
Caol Ila

A trio of first-fill Sherry butts were used to create this Cask Strength bottling of Caol Ila by Gordon & MacPhail. These casks were filled in July 2006 and left to mature for 11 years before being…  More info

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)
$63.53

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