Islay, the mystical Scottish island known for its rugged landscapes and time-honored whisky-making traditions, has been producing some of the world's most revered and distinct single malts for generations. From the smoky allure of Laphroaig to the complex elegance of Ardbeg, our comprehensive guide covers a diverse range of Islay whisky expressions that are sure to captivate your palate.
Corryvreckan is a bold and intense whisky named after a famous whirlpool. It offers a truly immersive experience, with swirling aromas and a deep, peaty, and peppery taste. This beautifully balanced dram is not for the faint-hearted, just like the whirlpool itself. Dive into the depths of Corryvreckan and encounter the powerful forces within. The aroma is heady and intense, with notes of tarry ropes, dark chocolate, blackcurrants, and muscovado sugar. Adding water reveals a magical collision of whisky and water, with spicy cloves, sweet vanilla, and smoky bacon. The taste is an explosion of flavors, with chewy peppered steak, crispy seaweed, black coffee, and dark fruits. The finish is long and powerful, leaving behind memories of a daring and mysterious journey into the depths of Corryvreckan.
Introducing Bainbridge Two Islands Islay Cask Whiskey - a truly unique and award-winning spirit. This exceptional blend begins with carefully selected barrels of Battle Point Whiskey, which are then finished in casks previously holding 10-12 year old single malt whisky from the renowned Scottish isle of Islay. The resulting flavors are bold and complex, intertwining stone fruit, saddle leather, and the distinct character of wheat grain with the subtle smokiness of Islay. Notably, this exquisite whiskey has been crowned the World's Best Wheat Whiskey five times, making it a true standout in its category.
Introducing Bruichladdich's 24 Year Old Black Art Edition 11.1, a liquid masterpiece that captures the essence of Islay's mystique. This enigmatic blend of aged spirits, crafted by the master distiller, unveils a carefully guarded secret with each sip. Prepare to be enthralled by layers of dried fruits, honeyed caramel, rich oak, and gentle spice, artfully intertwined to create a symphony of flavors. With its deep amber hue, this single malt whisky offers a sensory journey, reminiscent of the ever-changing Islay coast. Bottled at its natural cask strength, it remains non-chill filtered and free from artificial coloring, ensuring an authentic character. Encased in an elegant and collectible bottle, this limited-edition release is a coveted addition to any whisky connoisseur's collection. Embrace the allure of Bruichladdich's 24 Year Old Black Art Edition 11.1 - 750ml, 44.2% ABV.
Introducing Black Art 1992 Edition 09.1 / 29 Aged Years, the latest masterpiece from Bruichladdich distillery. With less than 1% of their pre-renaissance whisky still maturing, this limited release is a true rarity. Head distiller Adam Hannett has nurtured this exquisite vintage on its 29-year journey, creating a whisky that is simply stunning. With notes of tropical fruit, coconut, oak spices, and toasted pine needles, the aroma alone is captivating. On the palate, experience layers of tobacco, brown sugar, chocolate, and coconut, with a drop of water revealing even more complexity. The succulent fruit sweetness lingers on the finish, leaving behind flavors of apricot, mango, and honey. This Islay single malt Scotch whisky is a true work of art, held in absolute secret. The Black Art 1992 Edition is the oldest yet, showcasing the relentless pursuit of flavor and perfection. With only 12,000 individually numbered bottles available, don't miss your chance to experience this masterpiece.
Introducing Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2012, a unique single malt whisky that showcases the influence of Islay's climate on the barley. Grown on 19 local farms, this labor of love and partnership between Bruichladdich and the farming community has resulted in a refined and complex whisky.
The whisky's pale straw color hints at the delicate flavors that await. With each sip, you'll experience a smooth and velvety texture that speaks to the distillery's careful craftsmanship. The initial fruit and floral notes give way to hints of porridge, rice pudding, and brown sugar, creating a rich and malty profile. Fruity citrus flavors, with a touch of spice, dance on the palate, while the finish brings a refreshing sea breeze, charred oak, and a touch of caramel.
Beyond its flavor, Bruichladdich Islay Barley tells a captivating story of its origins. From the barley's growth on Islay's challenging terrain, shaped by wild storms, rain, and even the voracious geese, to the distillery's commitment to supporting local farmers and sustainable farming systems, every sip is a celebration of Islay's heritage and future. Discover honesty, pride, and a taste of the sea in every bottle.
Introducing Bruichladdich The Organic 2010, an exceptional unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky. This whisky is distilled from organically grown barley, cultivated at Mid Coul Farms in Scotland. It is matured for a minimum of 8 years in ex-bourbon American oak casks, resulting in a smooth and flavorful spirit. With a rich aroma of fresh barley, melon, and peach, accompanied by notes of honey and floral tones, this whisky is truly a delight to the senses. The taste is a perfect blend of sweet pear drops, vanilla fudge, and hints of chocolate and marzipan. The finish is characterized by sweet citrus and a slight char from the oak, creating a well-rounded and satisfying experience. Elegantly crafted with the signature Bruichladdich DNA, this whisky is a testament to the artistry of distillation. Explore the true essence of whisky with this exceptional organic single malt.
Introducing 'Araig River' — a luxurious Scottish Gaelic whisky inspired by the pristine waters of Islay. Crafted to honor Fèis Ìle 2022, this velvety expression has been aged in ex-Bourbon and PX sherry octave casks, resulting in a captivating blend of unpeated, sherried flavors. Experience the bold and complex character of this remarkable dram, boasting an impressive 101.6% ABV.
Introducing Chimera 01, the first in the series of BLACKADDER's individually numbered blended malt whiskies. Bottled at 46%, this beautifully crafted blend combines four different single malt whiskies, including a Single Islay, First Fill ex Bourbon, Sherry Cask Highland, and Sherry Cask Speyside. Prepare to be captivated by the enticing aromas of caramel, raisins, honey, and toasted oak, with a hint of banana and peat. Experience the velvety mouthfeel, with notes of raisins and a bittersweet touch of cocoa and peat char. The finish delights with medium tannins, a long-lasting sweetness of caramel, and a comforting warmth of oak. Each Chimera is a unique creation, just like the mythical creature it is named after. BLACKADDER's expertise in single cask bottlings shines through in this exclusive range of blended malt whiskies. Experience the extraordinary and indulge in the mesmerizing world of Chimera.
Introducing Great King Glasgow by Compass Box, a truly exceptional whisky that offers a harmonious blend of flavors. Housed in an elegant 750ml bottle with an ABV of 43.0%, this exquisite whisky is meticulously crafted from a selection of malt whisky from Islay, the Highlands, and Speyside, alongside Lowland grain whisky from a renowned Fife distillery. It is aged to perfection in a unique combination of first-fill Sherry casks, first-fill and refill ex-Bourbon barrels, with a touch of new French oak finishing. With its natural hues and enticing aromas of Sherry and wine, intertwined with a delicate hint of peat, each sip reveals notes of oak, dried fruit, and mixed nuts. The remarkable finish lingers on the palate, leaving behind a satisfying blend of peat and sherry flavors. Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary taste and craftsmanship of Great King Glasgow.
Introducing the ImpEx Collection Islay Distillery 31 Year Old 1991, an exceptional single malt scotch whisky that embodies the essence of time and craftsmanship. Distilled and aged for an impressive 31 years at the renowned Islay Distillery, this whisky offers a truly unique and distinct flavor profile. With its maturation in an Ex-Bourbon Barrel cask, the whisky tantalizes the senses with a blend of salty rockpools and distant bonfire smoke on the nose. As it lingers on the palate, it unravels beautifully, transitioning from smoky notes to a luscious tropical fruit salad, creating a delightfully complex experience. Limited to just 216 bottles worldwide, this rare and highly sought-after addition is a must-have for any whisky collection. Experience the legacy of Islay with this 750ml bottle of pure indulgence, boasting an impressive 48.7% ABV.
Discover an exceptional and elusive release from one of Islay's beloved distilleries. This rare independent bottling captures the essence of this renowned whisky, hailing from the enchanting southern shore. Deeply enigmatic, with a name that's reminiscent of "lack of fuelling," this extraordinary expression promises a truly captivating and unique experience for whisky enthusiasts.
Introducing our exceptional Islay single cask whisky - a true gem for connoisseurs. Crafted and aged in a coveted bourbon barrel, this rare spirit embodies the spirit of Islay, offering a rich and distinct flavor profile. Bottled at a bold 54.1% alcohol, this limited edition treasure is a must-have for those seeking an exclusive whisky experience. Don't miss out on this extraordinary find - embrace the scarcity and indulge in a one-of-a-kind tasting journey.
Introducing Am Bùrach, a limited edition single malt with a fascinating backstory. In 2014, an accidental mix-up between two different Kilchoman expressions led to the creation of this exceptional whisky. Named after the Gaelic term for 'the mess', Am Bùrach is truly a one-of-a-kind release that will never be replicated. The maturation process involved a complex combination of bourbon and sherry matured Kilchoman, along with a port cask finish. After nine years of maturation, followed by a further six years in bourbon barrels and a six-month finish in ruby port casks, this exquisite whisky is bottled at 46% ABV. With only 10,550 bottles available worldwide, don't miss the opportunity to experience the delicious consequence of this happy accident.
Introducing Kilchoman Machir Bay, a carefully crafted whisky that combines the richness of bourbon with the finesse of sherry casks. With its soft cooked fruits and enticing peaty aromas, this dram promises a complex and satisfying experience. On the palate, indulge in the indulgent mix of soft fruits, vanilla, and a delightful sweetness that lingers. This Islay classic has matured beautifully, offering a long-lasting finish. Kilchoman Machir Bay has been recognized with numerous accolades and awards, including gold medals and top rankings from prestigious competitions. Don't miss out on our exclusive "The Whisky Shop" edition - click here to explore further!
Introducing a special offering exclusively crafted for the Whisky Shop in San Francisco. This exceptional whisky blend combines 87.5% bourbon with 12.5% sherry cask influences, resulting in a truly unique flavor profile. Carefully bottled at a well-balanced 46%, this collaboration between our esteemed whisky experts and the renowned Islay distillery ensures an extraordinary addition to our catalogue.
Indulge in the perfect pairing of Lagavulin Offerman Edition Charred Oak Cask 11 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a juicy rib-eye steak. A limited release collaboration between Lagavulin and Nick Offerman, this whisky is matured for over a decade in charred bourbon and red wine barrels, resulting in a rich and complex flavor. Taste the hints of red berries, briny saltiness, and vanilla, all complemented by the signature Lagavulin intense peat. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks with a grilled medium-rare steak, this 92 proof 750 mL bottle is a true pleasure for whisky enthusiasts.
Experience the luxurious flavors of Lagavulin 16 Year Old, a distillery bottling that is sure to impress any whisky connoisseur. This award-winning Scotch boasts an impressive list of accolades, including the Malt Maniacs Awards 2010 & 2011: Non-Plus-Ultra Award and the World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Islay 13 to 20 years. Pour yourself a glass and indulge in the amber hues, with tantalizing aromas of iodine, smoke, and a touch of creamy vanilla intertwined with exotic spices. On the palate, you'll discover a delicious blend of rich malt, sherry notes, and heavy smoke, leading to a satisfyingly long finish filled with spice, figs, and an intense peat smoke. Lagavulin 16 Year Old is truly a whisky that cannot be missed.
Experience the rich and captivating story of Laphroaig Lore, a single malt Scotch whisky crafted by our expert distillers and blenders through generations. This exceptional whisky is made from a blend of rare and precious spirits aged from 7 to 21 years in a variety of casks, resulting in a complex and unforgettable flavor.
Indulge in the taste of the Scottish seaside with smoky and salty notes, accompanied by hints of ash and dark chocolate. The lingering sweet finish and spicy chili bite add a delightful touch to this remarkable dram. Whether served neat, over ice, or with a splash of cold water, Laphroaig Lore promises a palate-melting experience that is truly unparalleled.
Embrace the tradition and expertise that has been passed down since 1815, making this Islay Scotch a tribute to the centuries of whisky-making craftsmanship. Laphroaig Lore has earned numerous accolades, including silver medals at prestigious competitions and a recognition as the Best No Age Statement Scotch by whisky expert Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Pour yourself a dram of Laphroaig Lore and embark on a journey through history. This exceptional whisky invites you to savor each sip and discover the captivating stories hidden within. A perfect gift for peated whisky enthusiasts, this elevated expression is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Introducing Laphroaig 10, a highly regarded Scotch whisky crafted with passion and expertise on the remote island of Islay. Distilled following a centuries-old tradition, this single malt is known for its bold, smoky flavor derived from the unique Islay peat. With hints of seaweed and a surprising sweetness, this full-bodied whisky offers a truly distinctive taste that embodies the quintessential Laphroaig character. Winner of multiple awards, including a prestigious Gold medal in 2019, Laphroaig 10 is the epitome of Islay malt with its peat smoke and salt flavors. Experience a uniquely aged and rich whisky that speaks of the rugged land where it was forged. Best enjoyed neat or over ice, this staple choice is a must-try for both novices and connoisseurs.
Introducing Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 135, a remarkable Islay Scotch whisky bottled at its purest form. This non-chill filtered gem captures the authentic essence of whisky, delivering a deep, rich flavor and enticing texture that can only be experienced at the distillery itself. Matured in charred oak barrels, this exquisite whisky boasts a subtle touch of sweet vanilla and nuttiness. Barrier-filtered to perfection, it retains its original character while removing any unwanted particles. Prepare to be captivated by its peat smoke aroma, infused with hints of sweetness and a distinctive sea-like essence. With its emphatic, full-bodied profile, this is truly a choice for purists seeking an uncompromising and unforgettable whisky experience. Released in 2021, it represents the pinnacle of purity and quality.
Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky: A Mellow Twist on Islay Scotch
Experience the mellow brilliance of Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky, a limited edition release that embodies the complex and rich flavors of our iconic Islay Scotch. With an additional 6 years of careful aging in ex-Bourbon barrels, this remarkable dram offers a softened character that perfectly complements its signature smoky profile.
Crafted to celebrate our 200 year anniversary, Laphroaig 16 Year Old is a true collector's item. Indulge in notes of leather, vanilla, and roasted chestnuts, harmoniously blended with the distinct peatiness that defines Laphroaig whisky. The longer maturation process lends a mellow and soft texture, making it an ideal choice for the transition from late summer evenings to cozy fall nights.
Pour this precious liquid neat, over ice, or with a splash of water to unlock the full flavor spectrum. The gentle touch of our distillation process ensures a whisky that excites the palate with each sip. Fans of our 10 Year Old expression will delight in this celebratory twist, while whisky connoisseurs and collectors alike will appreciate the rarity and uniqueness of this exquisite release.
Enveloped in the deep copper hue of the liquid, Laphroaig 16 Year Old reveals a nose of sweet leather, oaky spices, and a delicate floral fragrance. The palate offers a balance of sweet treacle and caramel with intense wood smoke and a subtle chili kick. The long-lasting finish leaves a lingering smokiness intertwined with the taste of salted seaweed, creating an unforgettable sensory experience.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to savor this limited edition masterpiece. Whether enjoyed on a quiet evening or gifted to a whisky aficionado, Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky is a treasure that encapsulates two centuries of passion and expertise. Serve it neat or with ice to enhance the depth and complexity of its remarkable flavors.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask is a delicious and complex whisky that has been matured twice to enhance its flavors. The second maturation takes place in smaller quarter-sized casks, allowing for more contact with wood and resulting in hints of coconut, banana, and vanilla alongside the smoky peat that Laphroaig is known for. This whisky pays tribute to traditional methods and has been awarded the prestigious 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Award Gold. Its deep and flavorful profile can be enjoyed neat, over ice, or with a splash of water. Experience the passion and craftsmanship of Laphroaig while savoring the warm and spicy oak notes that make this whisky truly special.
Laphroaig Select is an exceptional blend of five carefully selected casks, each imparting unique flavors to create a complex and deep whisky. With notes of smoky peat, spicy oak, and surprising sweetness, it serves as a fantastic introduction to peated whisky. This special blend combines historic styles perfected over two centuries and is finished with the iconic Laphroaig 10. The addition of single malt matured in new American oak adds a rare twist to this expertly selected blend. Crafted on the rugged isle of Islay, Laphroaig Select pays homage to centuries of tradition and showcases the remarkable flavors derived from its natural surroundings. This award-winning whisky has gained recognition for its outstanding quality, including a Gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Awards. Serve it neat or try it in a Penicillin cocktail for a delightful experience.
Experience the rich and distinctive flavors of MacNair's Lum Reek, a luxurious blended malt Scotch Whisky. Crafted by our esteemed Master Distiller, Billy Walker, this remarkable blend combines the peated Islay and Speyside malts with the aging perfection of GlenAllachie. Carefully matured in GlenAllachie warehouses, this exceptional 55.4% ABV whisky is presented unchillfiltered and with its natural color. Indulge in the captivating depth and character of Lum Reek - a truly unparalleled drinking experience.
MacNair's Lum Reek is a captivating blended malt Scotch Whisky that beautifully combines the smoky essence of peated Islay and Speyside malts with the exquisite richness of older GlenAllachie. Crafted by the esteemed Master Distiller, Billy Walker, this whisky is meticulously matured in GlenAllachie warehouses, resulting in a harmonious flavour profile. Bottled at a respectable 46% ABV, this unchillfiltered expression showcases its natural colour, making it a must-have for whisky connoisseurs seeking an authentic and invigorating experience.
Introducing Elements Peated, a harmonious blend of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This exceptional whisky is crafted with casks from Islay, infusing it with a delightful smoky aroma and a hint of salty flavor. Combined with ex-bourbon barrel-aged single malt, this young whisky from Israel's first distillery, Milk & Honey, surprises with a complexity beyond its years. Fast maturation in Tel Aviv's hot and humid climate gives it the richness of a well-aged spirit. Proudly made in the heart of Tel Aviv, home to a vibrant culinary and drinking scene, Elements Peated embodies the spirit of a city that never sleeps.
Introducing Milk & Honey Distillery, Israel's first whisky distillery. Inspired by Scottish tradition and committed to genuine artisanal manufacturing, they produce a young whisky that surprises with the complexity of a much older spirit. Based in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, known for its culinary and drinking scene, Milk & Honey Distillery is proud to be a part of a city that never stops.
Introducing Milk & Honey Distillery, Israel's first whisky distillery that combines age-old Scottish tradition with the vibrant energy of Tel Aviv. This young whisky is matured in three distinct casks, including Bourbon, Red Wine STR, and Islay, resulting in a unique complexity and a slight peatiness. Despite its youth, the hot and humid climate of Tel Aviv ensures a fast maturation, offering a whisky that rivals much older spirits. Located in the heart of Israel's culinary and drinking scene, Milk & Honey is proud to be part of a city that never stops.
Introducing Octomore Edition 12.1, a captivating and unconventional whisky that defies expectations. This highly peated single malt presents a harmonious balance between intense smokiness and a vibrant, fruity distillate. With 130.8 PPM and aged for five years, Octomore 12.1 exemplifies the essence of our experimental approach. Crafted from mainland grown Scottish barley and matured exclusively in ex-American whiskey casks, this release offers a sensory journey filled with cereal-rich, malty notes. Dive into a world of vanilla, citrus, and fudge, challenging conventional whisky wisdom. Bottled at a robust 59.9% alc./vol, Octomore 12.1 tantalizes your senses with its complexity, delivering zesty citrus freshness, earthy peat smoke, and luscious sweetness. Experience a peppery and sweet palate, infused with honey, oak, and apricot. The finish delights with salted caramel, floral hints, and lingering peat smoke. Wrapped in the light gold hue of the liquid, this remarkable expression is a testament to the audacious spirit of Octomore.
Introducing Octomore Edition 12.3, a remarkable single malt whiskey that showcases the finest Islay-grown barley. With a peat level of 118.1 PPM and a five-year maturation, this spirit embodies the essence of its terroir. Crafted using traditional methods and aged in ex-American whiskey casks and Pedro Ximenez Solera casks, Octomore 12.3 offers a tantalizing combination of smoky and fruity notes. From light sherry aromas to peppery nasturtium flowers and dark chocolate flavors, every sip is a journey for the senses. Bottled at 62.1% alc./vol, this unchill-filtered and color-free whiskey is truly a masterpiece. Enjoy the rich complexity and exquisite finish of Octomore 12.3, presented in a beautiful light polished copper hue.
Discover the unique taste of Hitoyoshi, Japan's exquisite rice whisky. With a careful maturation process in an un-named Islay whisky cask, this extraordinary spirit is bottled at 42.8% alcohol. Immerse yourself in a rich and captivating flavor experience that combines the best of Japanese craftsmanship with a touch of Islay's renowned influence.
Port Askaig is an impressive range of Islay single malt whiskies that captures the essence of the captivating island and its inhabitants. This collection showcases the perfect marriage of intense smoke and delicate fruit flavors, showcasing the distinct Islay character. Crafted for both seasoned whisky connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of whisky, Port Askaig offers a selection of exceptional casks that will undoubtedly establish itself as a timeless Islay classic.
Introducing the exquisite Port Askaig 8 Year Old Islay single malt! Crafted with precision from a secret distillery, this exceptional whisky has been aged to perfection for 8 years and boasts a perfectly balanced 45% alcohol by volume. Its charmingly sweet and smoky flavor profile makes it an ideal starting point for anyone new to Islay single malts. Sourced from the picturesque region just north of Port Askaig, this remarkable spirit is matured in refill American oak casks, enhancing its gentle yet irresistible smokiness. Unveil the allure of Islay with every sip of this delightful and moreish dram.
Introducing a delightful Islay single malt, aged for 8 years and bottled at a perfect 45% ABV. This exquisite whisky, enclosed in a convenient 50ml bottle, is crafted by the renowned Port Askaig distillery. With a harmonious blend of sweetness and smokiness, it offers an elegant and approachable experience for those venturing into the world of Islay single malts. Sourced from the picturesque region just north of Port Askaig, this expression is aged in refill American oak casks, allowing the spirit's authentic character to shine through. The result is a smooth, smoky, and irresistible dram that beckons for more.
Introducing a rare and exquisite whisky from Islay, encased in a beautiful wooden presentation box. This gem offers a sensory journey like no other, starting with a nose that combines tropical and fruity notes of apples, pears, papaya, and mango. On the palate, experience the delightful blend of bittersweet oranges, mangos, and warming spice, complemented by refreshing hints of mint and green tea. The finish unveils a transition from fruity flavors to leafy herbs, gradually becoming minty and comforting. This offering from the whisky island is a symphony of lemon pith, sea air, woodsmoke, fresh tar, and fresh berries, delightfully unfolding with every sip.
Introducing Port Charlotte PMC:01, the latest addition to Bruichladdich's Cask Exploration series. This remarkable single malt Scotch whisky is crafted from peated Scottish Concerto barley and aged in first-fill bourbon barrels for four years. In an unprecedented move, the spirit is then matured in Pomerol wine casks from Bordeaux's Right Bank, resulting in a unique blend of sweet and tart dark berries with hints of leather. With a volume of 750ml and an impressive 54.5% ABV, this limited edition release is a true gem for whisky enthusiasts.
Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky defies convention with its intense richness, delicate sweetness, and robust smoky character. Its captivating blend of sea salt, spice, and a wild spirit elevates it above the rest. Uncompromising and unexpected, this maverick whisky is tailor-made for those who crave something truly distinctive.
Introducing Suntory World Whisky Ao - a remarkable blend that takes you on a journey through the world of whisky. This blend combines the unique flavors and characteristics of the five most celebrated whisky-making regions: Ireland, Scotland, America, Canada, and Japan. With nearly a century of craftsmanship and innovation, Ao offers a harmonious taste experience that evolves and changes with each sip. From the delicate profile of Japan's Yamazaki Distillery to the refreshing herbal notes of Hakushu Distillery, and the rich heritage of Jim Beam Distillery, every distillery brings its own distinct personality to this blend. Whether you're a whisky connoisseur or simply appreciate fine spirits, don't miss the chance to experience the beautifully layered flavors of Suntory World Whisky Ao.