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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 / 55.1%
Port Charlotte OLC: 01 2010 Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Released as part of the Cask Exploration series, this Port Charlotte OLC: 01 is one of the most unusual expressions released. It’s rarity is two-fold. Few single malts originally start their journey in such a complex co…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2012 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This heavily peated Port Charlotte is from from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, 2012 -vintage Port Charlotte was distilled entirely from grain grown on the island. The barley was harvested from eight farms in 2011. …
Islay - 70cl / 56.4%
Lagavulin 12 Year Old -2020 - Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. We are now in to the 19th 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 56.4% abv with limited avai…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Kilchoman Fino Cask Matured - 2020 - Edition - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The Fino Sherry Matured limited edition is a vatting of 12 Fino Sherry Butts. The whisky has spent it’s full maturation in fino casks previously used by Bodega Migual Martin in Spain. During its time in cask, the whisky ha…
Islay - 70cl / 58.6%
Kilchoman Machir Bay - Cask Strength - Festive Edition 2020 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. On Islay, even the sheep celebate the festive season. There’s nothing better on a dark wintery night than a large dram of cask strength Kilchoman. Named after the most spectacular beach on Islay, Machir Bay …
Islay - 70cl / 46.6%
Ardbeg AN OA - BBQ Smoker -Limited Release - Gift Pack - Single Malt Scotch Whisky This gift pack includes one BBQ Smoker and one bottle of Ardbeg An Oa 70cl. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in the bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask ty…
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release 2 - Bourbon - Oloroso Sherry - Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 48.3%
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release 2 - Bourbon - Oloroso Sherry - Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This small batch vatting combines Bourbon (70%) and Oloroso Sherry matured (10%) Kilchoman at 46% with one specially selected Pedro Ximenez Sherry hogshead, at natural …
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Caol Ila 8 Year Old -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Small Batch - Autumn 2020 Release. Wood: Refill and Re-charred hogsheadsCask no - 321763-321775-316478Bottled: 202046% vol. Nose: A burning summer meadow, with earthy floral notes mixing in with sooty, earthy campfire aromas, along…