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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 / 62.9%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range. Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012. Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whiskey and French wine casks. Five aged years …
Islay - 70cl / 54.9%
A brand new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery! The 1997 Palo Cortado Cask Finish. After spending 19 years slowly mellowing by the sea in traditional oak whisky casks, this delectable Bunnahabhain was then finished for almost two more years in rare Palo Cortado sherry casks…
Islay - 70cl / 58%
Hits the mouth like a left hook then a right hook, exploding with a dynamite peaty effect! Smokehead High Voltage is a recently released cask strenbgth version of the ever popular Smokehead single Malt. Deeply rich and intensely peaty with a rush of black smoke,creamy nutty notes and a tangy sea s…
Islay - 70cl / 43%
Lagavulin 2001 (bottled 2017) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition. 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 sm…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 57.1%
Cladach is a limited edition, natural cask strength Blended malt Scotch whisky. This is the fifth release of NAS malt whisky in this series from the original distiller’s stocks.The first-ever master blend of whiskies from six fine coastal single malt distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish,Lagavulin, Ob…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Kilchoman launch their fourth and final limited edition of 2018, the Sauternes Cask Finish. Just 10,000 bottles will be available worldwide, bottled at 50% abv. The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases bottled by Kilchoman over the previous five years. This latest offering di…
Islay - 70cl / 58.1%
This dram is a real milestone marking the first-ever Caol Ila 35 year old in this series and also the oldest Caol Ila Special Release to date from this much respected distillery. It is a well-balanced and mature expression that shows a fine freshness, cleanliness and precision for its age. A mixtu…
Islay - 70cl / 57.8%
We are now in to the 17th 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. Bottled at 57.8% abv with limited availability worldwide. Nose: Unmistakeable and immediate, with powerful smoulder…