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Islay malts must be, for everyone from the beginner to the connoisseur, the most distinctive of all single malt whiskies - certainly their flavour is among the strongest of all the regions. Peat is the key, both in terms of its influence on the ingredients used for distillation and of its presence in the final taste. The island has extensive beds of peat, over which the water used in the distillation process flows, arriving at its destination already flavoured.
Varying amounts of peat are also used to dry the barley. In the past, the barley was produced locally, although now the majority is brought in from further afield.
Peat is noticeable in the flavours of all the Islay malts, from the mildest to the intensely flavoured, imparting a dryness which is sometimes balanced by sweetness and often emphasised by smokiness. For beginners to single malts, the Islay whiskies seem like an acquired taste, but they are an essential ingredient in the vast majority of Blended whiskies, without them your favourite blend may not be your favourite at all!
Islay - 70cl / 61.2%
A well-respected brand in Scotland, a unique and quirky Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky made the old fashioned way. This dram may well need more than a pipette of water! A ‘valuable’ addition to any whisky collection, ‘As We Get It’ is bottled straight from the cask in the traditional manne…
Islay - 70cl / 42.1%
A new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery which incidentally is the oldest Bunnahabhain ever released. The Story Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old Eich Bhana Lìr (meaning “The great waves of the God Lìr”) is the oldest single malt ever released from Bunnahabhain Distillery. Du…
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
This is the fifth installment of the legendary Bruichladdich Black Art. Black Art is now a very limited release, core product of Bruichladdich's updated range under new owners Remy Cointreau. Adam Hannet, head Distillers first ever Black Art. Only 12,000 individually numbered bottles. Nose: It …
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. In Stock & Shipping Now! Ardbeg Kelpie is a limited-edition bottling created to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2017. It is the Distillery’s first whisky with a heart matured in virgin oak from the Black Sea coast. Renowned for imparting incred…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2017 marks the arrival of the 7th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 7th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a combination of fresh and refill ex Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels filled in 2010 and bottled in 2017. This is the most mature expression released to date and as with all previous…
Islay - 70cl / 50.6%
A special commemorative bottling celebrating Islay's FEIS ILE 2017 Festival. A single cask Caol Ila distilled November 2010 and bottled April 2017. Non-Chill filtered and bottled at 50.6% alc./vol. Nose: Opens with a mighty maritime Islay punch followed by salty spices and sweet smoke. Palate: S…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the sixth annual Loch Gorm Single Malt to be released by Kilchoman. Each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and gift carton.Kilchoman’s Loch Gorm releases are traditionally matured in ex Oloroso sherry casks and this latest edition i…
Islay - 70cl / 43%
This particular expression from Bunnahabhain Distillery is salty and sweet with an underlying smokiness-bonfire embers.Smoky and sweet initially on the palate, with tropical fruit flavours and milk chocolate