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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 Am Bùrach Limited Edition 2020 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Shipping Week Commencing 1st June 2020. Kilchoman Am Bùrach Limited Edition 2020 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Am Bùrach, gaelic for ‘the mess’, might seem a strange name for a limited edition single malt. That would be if you were not aware of the story behind this unique bottling; the…

     
    £79.99 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Blaaack 2020 Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. ARDBEG DAY 2020 THE BLAAACK RELEASE! Well I suppose everyone has a Black Sheep in the family so why should Ardbeg be any different! This year's Ardbeg Day bottling is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the coveted Committee. Inspire…

     
    £93.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This is the ninth 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 from the renowned bodega,…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2008 - Douglas Laings Provenance - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask #DL13057

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    IMAGE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY! Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2008 - Douglas Laings Provenance - Single Malt Scotch Whisky This Bunnahabhain has been aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead. Distilled June 2008 - Bottled February 2019. Cask #DL13057 Nose : Sea breeze initially, then come…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Port Ellen - Rogue Casks - 40 Year Old -1979 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50.9%

    Pre Order only. Shipping Week Commencing 1st June 2020. Port Ellen - Rogue Casks - 40 Year Old -1979 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is the oldest expression of a Distillery bottling of Port Ellen. The 40 year old has been skillfully crafted from 9 Rogue Casks discovered by the Master Distiller…

     
    £6495.00 inc. VAT
  • Laphroaig 18 Year Old - 2001 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Hunter Laing - Cask# 15760

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Laphroaig 18 Year Old - 2001 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Hunter Laing - Cask# 15760 Laphroaig 18 year old was distilled in December 1996 and bottled March 2018. Only 300 bottles charged from a Refill Butt. Cask# 15760 Tasting Notes: Nose : Ash peat and brine. Flavour : Peat, …

     
    £159.00 inc. VAT
  • Bowmore 21 Year Old - 1996 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Hunter Laing - Cask# 14867

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bowmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Cask# 14867. Bowmore 21 year old was distilled in December 1996 and bottled March 2018. Only 300 bottles charged from a Refill Hogshead. Cask# 14867 Tasting Notes: Nose : Round with elegant peat , smoke and liquorice. Flavour : Fr…

     
    £125.00 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Founders Cask Release 2 - 2019 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 54.7%

    Kilchoman Founders Cask Release 2 This is the second in the Founders Cask series, bespoke to the UK. There will be 5 single cask releases in total, over the next 5 years, each cask chosen by a different member of the founding Wills family. For this second release, the cask was selected by George Wi…

     
    £99.00 inc. VAT
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