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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!
Blended Malt - 70cl / 54.2%
Big Peat " Beach BBQ Edition " Feis Ile 2022 Limited Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky A limited edition bottling of Douglas Laing's Big Peat Vatted Malt, made exclusively with malt whiskies from the Isle of Islay. Come rain or shine, Big Peat’s Beach Barbecue Limited Edition is ready to celeb…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Ardcore - Limited Release - 2022 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Limited Edition. Unapologetically edgy, this limited-edition whisky was inspired by the daring attitude of Ardbeg and its community. The bottling draws its inspiration from Islay’s little-known 1970s punk scene.Ardbeg Ardcore is intens…
Islay - 70cl / 49.7%
Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2022 - 1998 - Calvados Cask Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Created exclusively for Fèis Ìle 2022. Bursting with character, it slumbered peacefully for two decades in the distillery before spending the last two years of its life in casks which once held the finest Fre…
Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Re-charred Hogshead - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie # 302759 - UK Exclusive
Islay - 70cl / 55.1%
Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Re-charred Hogshead - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie # 302759 - UK Exclusive. Wood: Re- Charred HogsheadCasks# 302759Distilled: 24/01/2012Bottled: 2022Cask Strength: 55.1% vol. Nose: Subtle peat smoke and charred embers, with smoked pine, new leather and cin…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Caol Ila 11 Year Old - Refill Hogsheads - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - ‘The Eclipse’ - James Eadie Wood: Refill hogsheadsCask no - 319224-319227-319274Bottled: 202246% vol. Nose: Salty, ashy and earthy, full of smoky bonfire embers, coastal aromas and lemon tart. Taste: Smoky and vibra…
Caol Ila 14 Year Old - 2007 - Refill Hogshead - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Infrequent Flyers - Cask #307363 - Batch 9
Islay - 70cl / 56.8%
Caol Ila 14 Year Old - 2007 - Refill Hogshead - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Infrequent Flyers - Cask #307363 - Batch 9 A very interesting bottle from a new Independent Bottler with a deep heritage in the Whisky industry. AWW # 69: Caol Ila 2007 cask # 307363 / 14YO / 56.8% / Single Malt Scotch…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured - 2022 - Edition - Single Malt Scotch Whisky The Madeira Cask Matured limited edition was distilled in May 2015 and matured for 5 years and 3 months in 46 fresh madeira hogsheads, before being bottled at 50% abv in August 2021. This particular release is limited to j…
Bowmore 24 Year Old - 1997 - Peated Virgin Oak Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Infrequent Flyers - Cask #2690
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
Bowmore 24 Year Old - 1997 - Peated Virgin Oak Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Infrequent Flyers - Cask #2690 A very interesting bottle from a new Independent Bottler with a deep heritage in the Whisky industry AWW # 60: Bowmore 1997 cask # 2690 / 24YO / 48.4% / Single Malt Scotch Whisky …