The island of Islay (pronounced eye-la)  lies in the southern Inner Hebridean isles of Scotland and boasts 8 producing single malt distilleries: (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Kilchoman) and one closed (Port Ellen). Islay is home to some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland, and while the majority produce a heavily peated and pungently smoky whisky, there are excellent un-peated styles made here too.

The distinctive smoky aroma and flavour is imparted by the drying of barley over smouldering peat fires, with this character diminishing and softening with time in the cask. Islay whiskies are connected strongly to where they are made, and a visit to the island is among one of the best whisky experiences available in the world.

The Whiskies of Islay

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Laphroaig 'Xtra Old Particular' 1987 / 30 years old 53.5%

Laphroaig 'Xtra Old Particular' 1987 / 30 years old 53.5%

Region: Islay

Strength: 53.5%

Volume: 700ml

$908.00

This Laphroaig comes to us from some of rarest stocks that Douglas Laing have laid down over the years. With Islay whiskies of this era are becoming harder and harder to source, this is a real treat. It was disgorged from a single refill hogshead, sweet confections and the obligatory peatsmoke, the tarry and phenolic character so specific to Lap...


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Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2009 / 8 years old 46%

Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2009 / 8 years old 46%

Region: Islay

Strength: 46%

Volume: 700ml

$97.00

Selected from a pair of sister casks from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay, this 8 year old bottling by Signatory Vintage is a punchy dram, with loads of dry coastal bonfire peat smoke and sweet and tangy citric (particularly lime, citrus cordial) notes throughout. A consistently excellent bottling from Signatory Vintage under their 'Unchillfilt...


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SMWS 29.236 'A smoky concoction' 1998 18 years old 57.7%

SMWS 29.236 'A smoky concoction' 1998 18 years old 57.7%

Region: Islay

Strength: 57.7%

Volume: 700ml

$293.50

SMWS Tasting notes: A smoky coastal aroma at first with sea air, sea water and sea shells was soon followed by fruity notes of pears and apples rounded of by tarragon infused vinegar. On the palate neat a lot bigger than on the nose starting with smoky, peaty, earthy flavours followed by liquorice, then a hint of salt and vinegar crisps as well ...


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Ardbeg 'Grooves' 46%

Ardbeg 'Grooves' 46%

Region: Islay

Strength: 46%

Volume: 700ml

$175.00

Ardbeg Grooves, is almost here. Available exclusively from Ardbeg Embassies around the world from the 2nd of June, this release is a classic Ardbeg, matured in ex-wine casks that have been heavily charred to create grooves in the staves. With aromas of smoked cinnamon, pine resin and tar, there is an ever-present swirling briny sea-spray and pil...


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Bruichladdich Octomore 8.3 61.2%

Bruichladdich Octomore 8.3 61.2%

Region: Islay

Strength: 61.2%

Volume: 700ml

$325.80

This edition of the Octomore has been matured in 1st fill, ex bourbon barrels, and pairs the smokey intensity particular to Octomore with fruity and confectionary notes from the maturation. A truly powerful peated whisky.


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Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 13 years old 43%

Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 13 years old 43%

Region: Islay

Strength: 43%

Volume: 700ml

$98.50

Part of famed independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail's new 'Discovery' range, this 13 year old Caol Ila from the west coast island of Islay falls under their 'smoky' profile, an introduction to bold flavour ranges that Scotch has to offer. We are met with sweet vanilla and dry cured meat aromas. Peat smoke undertones are complemented by bana...


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Elements of Islay 'I Love Peat' Tasting Pack 5 x 30ml

Elements of Islay 'I Love Peat' Tasting Pack 5 x 30ml

Region: Islay

Strength: Various

Volume: 5 x 30ml

$77.50

This new limited edition gift pack comes from the Elements of Islay, containing a dram each of their famous small-batch, single malt releases from Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Octomore and Caol Ila, as well as the PEAT blended malt. A perfect gift idea for a lover of Islay's famously peaty whiskies.


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Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Hermitage Wine Cask Finish 2004 / 13 years old 45%

Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' Hermitage Wine Cask Finish 2004 / 13 years old 45%

Region: Islay

Strength: 45%

Volume: 700ml

$143.40

Part of the rebranded Connoissuers Choice range from renowned indepenent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, this 13 year old bottling from Caol Ila distillery on Islay is part of their new Wood Finish collection. Initial maturation in a collection of first fill bourbon and refill American casks before being transfered into Hermitage wine casks for i...


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Oc5 - Elements of Islay 59.8% 500ml

Oc5 - Elements of Islay 59.8% 500ml

Region: Islay

Strength: 59.8%

Volume: 500ml

$272.00

Islay's famously highly-peated spirit produced at the Bruichladdich distillery is named Octomore, and this bottling from the Elements of Islay has come from just a single cask filled with this spirit in 2011. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 59.8%, the aroma is layered and complex, going between striking peat smoke, malty cereal and plenty ...


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Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1990 / 28 years old 50.7%

Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1990 / 28 years old 50.7%

Region: Islay

Strength: 50.7%

Volume: 700ml

$446.00

Part of the rebranded Connoissuers Choice range from renowned indepenent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, this 28 year old bottling from Caol Ila Distillery on the famed island of Islay is yielded from a single refill sherry hogshead cask, bottled at its natural cask strength of 50.7%. Sweet sherry and vanilla aromas. Peppery with summer berries a...


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Bunnahabhain 1990 'BBR' #1536 47.8%

Bunnahabhain 1990 'BBR' #1536 47.8%

Region: Islay

Strength: 47.8%

Volume: 700ml

$322.80

This bottling from Berry Bros. & Rudd is from Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay. It is 26 years old and from a single cask. The nose starts with the aroma of apples, leather, citrus and wood spice. The palate moves into bright fruits and a subtle smokiness in the background.


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Laphroaig Select Cask 40%

Laphroaig Select Cask 40%

Region: Islay

Strength: 40%

Volume: 700ml

$65.00

From the famous Laphroaig distillery on Islay, this peated whisky is a combination of casks that represent classic Laphroaig styles. The nose has initial notes of smoky peat and the develops into notes of red fruits. The palate has sweet notes and dry peat with ashy notes. The finish is long with floral and marzipan and a slight citrus note.


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SMWS 3.311 'Tea-smoked duck' 2004 / 13 years old 55.9%

SMWS 3.311 'Tea-smoked duck' 2004 / 13 years old 55.9%

Region: Islay

Strength: 55.9%

Volume: 700ml

$161.00

SMWS tasting notes:We felt like creating a botanical perfume using aromas of lavender, moss and mint, then adding rose and vetiver as well as deeper notes of frankincense and guaiac wood, but before we got completely carried away we gave it a try. Charred sweet smoke of bacon-wrapped chicken skewers with pineapple and Teriyaki sauce and the arom...


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Caol Ila 'Old & Rare' 1991 / 25 years old 53.3%

Caol Ila 'Old & Rare' 1991 / 25 years old 53.3%

Region: Islay

Strength: 53.30%

Volume: 700ml

$692.00

This Old & Rare release from Hunter Laing comes from Caol Ila distillery on Islay, distilled in 1991 and left to mature for 25 years. Bottled from a single cask and at its natural strength, the nose is full bodied with sweet with vanilla, butter shortbread and stewed rhubarb - the peat comes in late, with a smoky seaweed and bonfire warmth. ...


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SMWS 10.151 'Reminder of the sea' 2006 / 11 years old 60.2%

SMWS 10.151 'Reminder of the sea' 2006 / 11 years old 60.2%

Region: Islay

Strength: 60.3%

Volume: 700ml

$142.00

SMWS tasting notes:We imagined having a plate of oysters covered in a squeeze of lemon, a Champagne-vinegar mignonette and freshly grated horseradish by the side. However, before we tucked in, we had a cilantro-infused sweet, spicy and salty jalapeno Margarita cocktail - a truly refreshing and invigorating invitation. Diluted, more maritime, mor...


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SMWS 53.253 'Ship shape and brine' 2006 / 11 years old 57.2%

SMWS 53.253 'Ship shape and brine' 2006 / 11 years old 57.2%

Region: Islay

Strength: 57.2%

Volume: 700ml

$148.00

SMWS tasting notes:It was fish ahoy as we sat on the tar-covered ship's decking, preparing smoked haddock for cullen skink (Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions). Puffs of smoke from a passing tugboat's exhaust wafted by and mingled with the smell of smoked scallops on the barbeque and scorched rosemary. Chewing on salted li...


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SMWS 10.152 'The leviathan wakes...' 2007 / 10 years old 58.7%

SMWS 10.152 'The leviathan wakes...' 2007 / 10 years old 58.7%

Region: Islay

Strength: 58.7%

Volume: 700ml

$141.00

SMWS tasting notes:The Panel discovered a big old bag of kippers, wood smoke, peat oils, grilled whelks, smoked mussels in brine, lemon juice, wood ash and fishing nets. Also some herbal touches and a few crushed twiglets. Water gave us wet and burning leaves with a fisherman's oilskins, Arbroath smokie, salt and vinegar crisps and a dollop of m...


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SMWS 53.254 'French flair' 2006 / 11 years old 57.1%

SMWS 53.254 'French flair' 2006 / 11 years old 57.1%

Region: Islay

Strength: 57.1%

Volume: 700ml

$149.00

SMWS tasting notes:The aroma had for all of us an immediate calming effect like marjoram essential oil, slightly warming, citric, herbaceous and woody with sweet scented pine needles. On the palate neat like a 'croque monsieur', boiled ham in brown grilled bread topped with grated cheese, seasoned with salt and pepper and baked in an oven. With ...


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Bunnahabhain 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 11 years old 43%

Bunnahabhain 'Gordon & MacPhail' Discovery 11 years old 43%

Region: Islay

Strength: 43%

Volume: 700ml

$99.80

This new expression comes from Gordon & MacPhail's 'discovery' range, offering fine examples of some of the distinctive cask and spirit types in Scotland. Bottled from sherry casks from the Bunnahabhain distillery, this is not dominantly peaty at all - rich and sweet with sherry cask fruitcake notes, with vanilla, a touch of orange marmalade...


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Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1984 / 33 years old 52.8%

Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' 1984 / 33 years old 52.8%

Region: Islay

Strength: 52.8%

Volume: 700ml

$928.00

One of the oldest Islay whiskies we currently have on our shelves, this new release from Gordon & MacPhail comes from a cask of Caol Ila that was filled and laid down to mature in 1984. The cask and spirit have produced a whisky laced with notes of cured meat, apple and lingering peat smoke, all mingled together with no element dominating. ...


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Cl11 - Elements of Islay 55.4% 500ml

Cl11 - Elements of Islay 55.4% 500ml

Region: Islay

Strength: 55.4%

Volume: 500ml

$80.60

Distilled in 2008, this whisky from Caol Ila distillery. For the last 18 months this whisky has been matured in two sherry butts from a solera. This has given the whisky a dustiness which contrast with spicy notes. There is also the traditional notes from Caol Ila of salt and brine.


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Pl5 - Elements of Islay 63.1% 500ml

Pl5 - Elements of Islay 63.1% 500ml

Region: Islay

Strength: 63.1%

Volume: 700ml

$157.00

From Bruichladdich distillery on the southwestern tip of Islay, this whisky is a vatting of whisky from a refill hogshead and a first-fill barrel. Bottled at 63.1% this whisky has notes of dirty smoke, sweet peat and vanilla.


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Edradour 'Ibisco' 2005 / years old 62.2%

Region: Islay

Strength: 62.2%

Volume: 700ml

$179.00

Edradour's famous 'Ibisco' decanter is hand selected from idividual sherry casks from 2005 and bottled at their natural strength after 13 years of maturation. This is a classic, robust Highland style - rich with aromas and flavours of raisins, sultanas, toffee and Christmas mince, mingled with a distinctive hint of turkish delight and mint-choco...


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SMWS 29.253 'Drifting and dreaming' 1998 / 19 years old 57.1%

SMWS 29.253 'Drifting and dreaming' 1998 / 19 years old 57.1%

Region: Islay

Strength: 57.1%

Volume: 700ml

$399.00

SMWS Tasting notes: The aromas of sweet perfumed peat smoke lured us deeper and deeper into the glass and with almost mystical powers led us on a spiritual journey. The taste neat woke us all back up with sweet and sour heavily charred pork ribs in a lime and chilli barbeque sauce and chewy oatmeal apple sauce raisin cookies spiced with cinnam...


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