Islay

Islay currently has eight producing distilleries; creating some of the most famous and well known of all the whiskies available. It’s fair to say that Islay (pronounced ‘eye-luh’) lives and breathes whisky, indeed most of the island’s population are involved in its production in some way either through agriculture, distillation or distribution.

It is even believed that it is one of the first places that monks began to distil the uisge beatha, during the early 14th century. This was due to the near perfect coalescing of several elements; excellent soil (for growing barley), peat (for fuel) and a regular source of pure water.

The island itself very much drives the flavour of the whisky produced there, Islay is largely composed of peat – most of its water is brown due to this abundance – while winter gales often blow sea salt spray far inland, adding briney notes to the already smokey character of the peat.

Not all whiskies on Islay are massively peaty. To a large extent, both Bunnahabhain and Bruchladdich are very mildly peated or not peated at all.

Typical style: big and smokey (with the exception of the aforementioned Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich).

The main active distilleries on Islay are Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig.
In October 2017, it was announced that the Port Ellen distillery (closed/mothballed in 1983) will reopen in 2020. It is suggested the first new release might be a 12 year old expression, i.e. in 2032, but have left the door open for possibly earlier releases.

Kilchoman 'Autumn 2009 Release' 46.00% 70cl £125.00 GBP
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Caol Ila 1988 13 Year Old 'Private Collection' Gordon & MacPhail 40.00% 70cl £126.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1992 11 Year Old Signatory Vintage SW 46.00% 70cl £135.00 GBP
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Bowmore 1995 10 Year Old 'Straight From The Cask' Signatory Vintage SW 57.00% £150.00 GBP
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Finlaggan 17 Year Old Vintage Malt Whisky Company 46.00% 70cl £150.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 'Second Edition' 46.00% 70cl
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Bruichladdich 14 Year Old 'Links – The Old Course St Andrews' 46.00% 70cl
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Finlaggan 21 Year Old Vintage Malt Whisky Company 46.00% 70cl £185.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 'Mòine Mhòr' 3D Second Edition 50.00% 70cl £185.00 GBP
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Caol Ila 1981 15 Year Old 'Connoisseurs Choice' Gordon & MacPhail 40.00% 70cl £190.00 GBP
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Kilchoman 'Inaugural Release' 46.00% 70cl £195.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 2003 7 Year Old 'Micro-Provenance – Fields of Oak.' 55.00% 70cl £195.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 3D 'The Peat Proposal' 46.00% 70cl £195.00 GBP
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Laphroaig 10 Year Old 40.00% 35cl £200.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 1989 'Valinch – Palace Partnership' The Buckingham Palace Bottling 53.10% 50cl £200.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 'Second Edition' 46.00% 70cl £225.00 GBP
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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 'Westering Home' 40.00% 70cl £225.00 GBP
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Port Charlotte 2008 7 Year Old 'PC7 Sin An Doigh Ileach' 61.00% 70cl £225.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 'Second Edition' 46.00% 70cl
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Bruichladdich 1989 16 Year Old 'Full Strength' 56.10% 70cl £225.00 GBP
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Lagavulin 12 Year Old 'Third Release' 57.80% 70cl £225.00 GBP
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Caol Ila 15 Year Old 'Flora and Fauna' 43.00% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Ardbeg 1998 9 Year Old 'Almost There' 54.10% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Bowmore 12 Year Old 40.00% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 40.00% 75cl £250.00 GBP
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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 'Westering Home' 40.00% 70cl
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Bowmore 1999 10 Year Old 'Tempest – Small Batch Release' 55.30% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 15 Year Old 'First Edition' 46.00% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Lochindaal 10 Year Old 43.00% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Ardbeg 1999 'Galileo' 49.00% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 1988 'Valinch – The Mayor of Islay' 58.50% 50cl £250.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 1992 20 Year Old 'XX Nostalgia Barolo' 50.40% 70cl £250.00 GBP
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Caol Ila 1992 10 Year Old Adelphi 59.40% 70cl £265.00 GBP
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Lagavulin 16 Year Old 'Classic Malts' White Horse 43.00% 70cl £280.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 20 Year Old 'First Edition' 46.00% 70cl £280.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 1986 12 Year Old Adelphi 57.50% 70cl £285.00 GBP
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Bruichladdich 1986 12 Year Old Adelphi 57.50% 70cl £285.00 GBP
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Caol Ila 1991 12 Year Old Adelphi 57.50% 70cl £285.00 GBP
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Bowmore 17 Year Old 43.00%
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Caol Ila 1990 11 Year Old 'Private Collection' Gordon & MacPhail 40.00% 70cl £295.00 GBP
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Port Charlotte 2001 6 Year Old 'PC6 Cuairt-Beatha' 61.60% 70cl £295.00 GBP
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Bowmore 'Cask Strength' 56.00% 70cl £295.00 GBP
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Caol Ila 15 Year Old 'Flora and Fauna' Original Bottling 43.00% 70cl £295.00 GBP
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