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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Bowmore 12 years old 40%

Bowmore 12 years old 40%

Region: Islay

Strength: 40%

Volume: 700ml

$76.00

Complex yet perfectly balanced, the Bowmore 12 carries notes of subtle lemon, honey and silky peat smoke. A gentler style of Islay smoke from the islands oldest distillery.


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Smokehead 'Sherry Bomb' 48%

Smokehead 'Sherry Bomb' 48%

Region: Islay

Strength: 48%

Volume: 700ml

$122.00

A new arrival to the shelves, the Smokehead 'Sherry Bomb' from Ian Macleod's certainly lives up to its name. A powerful Islay single malt from an unknown distillery which has been matured entirely in Oloroso Sherry casks it boasts thick peat and custard aromas. Heavy oily black smoke mingles on the palate with sticky barbecued bananas, tangy sul...


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Bruichladdich 'Port Charlotte' 10 years old 50%

Region: Islay

Strength: 50%

Volume: 700ml

$122.20

Port Charlotte is the name given to heavily peated whisky from Bruichaddich distillery and this particular expression is the second batch of 10 year old they have released to date. First-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks were all utilised in maturing this exciting new release from hebridean distillers. Like its 10 year old ...


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MacLeod's Islay 40%

MacLeod's Islay 40%

Region: Islay

Strength: 40%

Volume: 700ml

$68.00

The Macleod's Regional Single Malts series features bottlings showcasing the regional styles of Scotland. The Islay expression is marked out by a rich, herbal, peat smoke along with plenty of salty coastal influence.


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A.D Rattray Cask Islay Sherry Edition

A.D Rattray Cask Islay Sherry Edition

Region: Islay

Strength: 59.9%

Volume: 700ml

$125.00

This single malt has been bottled at cask strength and has been matured in two types of sherry casks. The nose has notes of maple smoked bacon, roast coffee, walnuts and sticky dates. The palate has almond, berry crumble and chilli jam notes. To finish peach and plum notes with gentle spice appear.


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Bruichladdich Octomore 9.3 62.9%

Bruichladdich Octomore 9.3 62.9%

Region: Islay

Strength: 62.9%

Volume: 700ml

$340.00

Just 52 tonnes of precious Islay barley were malted to produce this single farm Octomore 09.3 edition. Raised in Irene?s Field on Octomore Farm in 2011, this single malt was later distilled and filled into 134 casks. Predominantly second-fill, the gentler influence of the wood allows more of the locally grown barley flavours to cut through the i...


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Bruichladdich Organic 50%

Bruichladdich Organic 50%

Region: Islay

Strength: 50%

Volume: 700ml

$199.50

Distilled from organically grown barley from the Mid Coul farms near Inverness, this 2009 vintage of Bruichladdich is one of the few organic whiskies produced in the world. Aromas of candied orange and lemon are joined by floral and marine spice notes, surrounded by creamy barley and rich vanilla pudding flavours. A wonderful example of Bruichla...


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Laphroaig 25 years old 48.9%

Laphroaig 25 years old 48.9%

Region: Islay

Strength: 48.9%

Volume: 700ml

$750.00


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Bowmore No.1 40%

Bowmore No.1 40%

Region: Islay

Strength: 40%

Volume: 700ml

$85.00

The Bowmore No. 1 is aged exclusively in first fill Bourbon casks which gives it a depth of creamy vanilla sweetness and cinnamon, finished with traditional Islay smoke.


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Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 50%

Region: Islay

Strength: 50%

Volume: 700ml

$138.00

Made from barley exclusively grown from 6 farms throughout Islay, comes this 2011 vintage release from Bruichladdich. This 6 year old whisky has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels as well as second and third fill white wine casks. This dram offers caramel wafers and apricots on the nose and provides coconut on the finish. Islay grown, distilled,...


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