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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 / 50.1%
Introducing Ardbeg 1815. Initially bottled to commemorate the distilleries 200th anniversary in 2015 this Limited Edition bottle had a small out turn of only 400 bottles each numbered and signed by distillery manager Mickey Heads, originally only sold at the distillery. Nose: A beautiful fragran…
Islay - 70cl / 46.6%
Introducing Ardbeg AN OA! A welcome new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in the newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types - including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; an…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 57.3%
Collectivum XXVIII is a limited edition, natural cask strength Blended malt Scotch whisky. This is the fourth release of NAS malt whisky in this series from the original distiller’s stocks. A blend of whiskies from all twenty-eight operating single malt distilleries currently owned by Diageo. A c…
Islay - 70cl / 51.0%
Here we go for the 17th annual release of this iconic dram! The equal oldest Port Ellen ever released and unsurprisingly the most expensive Special Release yet, hitting all the notes you could want in style.Who needs power when you have all of this well-mannered yet complex elegance, with its fine …
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
We are now in to the 15th annual release of cask strength, Lagavulin 12 year old. Aged in refill American oak hogshead casks for at least 12 years then released as a limited edition. An honest and direct Lagavulin that is a delight to drink, with great depth of taste and fine distillery charact…
Islay - 70cl / 59.8%
This is the twelfth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery,the oldest in the series so far. A batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill American Oak hogsheads. Bottled at 59.8% abv with limited availability worldwide. Fresh and…
Islay - 70cl / 59.3%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 8 years exclusively in first fill American Oak Casks, with a PPM:167. Nose : Initially smoke, tar, peat ash hint of muddiness/wet peat moss. Candied orange, pepper, chocolate, macaroon, vanilla fudge and lemon meringue pie. …
Islay - 70cl / 55.6%
A very rare single cask bottling Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky,independently bottled by those clever lads and lassies in Glasgow-Douglas Laing & Co. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery closed its doors for the final time, and matured in a refill hogshead for 33 years befo…