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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!

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  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 2017 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £71.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 6 Year Old Feis Ile 2017 Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Provenance Bottling

    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…

     
    £54.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £65.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain 8 Year old MacPhail's Collection Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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

     
    £34.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 60.1%

    A new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery. Bunnahabhain, meaning ‘Mouth of the river’ in gaelic was established in 1881 and built close to the mouth of the Margadale river. It is the only distillery on Islay to produce whisky using pure spring water.It is the most northerl…

     
    £75.00 inc. VAT
  • Lagavulin 2015 Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 43%

    The "Distillers Edition" whiskies in Diageo's Classic Malts range always undergo a double-maturation. This one has spent time in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Richly flavoured with intense layers of raisin sweetness and smoky character. Distilled in 1999 and bottled 2015

     
    £84.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2nd Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Newly arrived and selling fast. The much anticipated Port Charlotte 10 Second Edition. The smouldering heat of peat and dark fruit is finessed by floral top notes, a twist of citrus and mellow oak. Full term in first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks. Bottled at 50% alc. vol.…

     
    £54.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich The Laddie 10 Year Old Second Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Newly arrived and selling fast! This unpeated ten year old is a powerful, youthful individualist. It has not been homogenised or subject to the industrial processes and caramel additives that strip out natural oils and artificially darken. Its colour is derived entirely from great casks, housed on …

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
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