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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!
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 - Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill, Cruach Farms - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 is a single malt whisky distilled from barley grown by six farms on this remote Scottish island. Nose: From the outset this is overtly floral and fruity. Slow distillation yet again brings out the best from the Islay grown Barley, the abundance of soft fruit notes an…
Islay - 70cl / 48%
Kilchoman 2010 Vintage Release - 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, have released their new single vintage 9 year old single malt, the most mature expression to be released by the Islay distillery since its establishment in 2005.The Limited Edition 2010 Vinta…
Islay - 70cl / 61.3%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 6 years in ex-American oak. Distilled in 2013, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2012 harvest of farmer James Brown. 61.3% ABV and 114 ppm. Tasting Notes Colour : Pale Straw. Character : Marine freshness, Islay air and …
Islay - 70cl / 53.8%
Ardbeg Supernova 2019. Returning for a very short period we are delighted to present this year's limited edition. A hugely peated Ardbeg of cosmic proportions! Ardbeg Supernova 2019 is non chill-filtered and bottled at 53.8% ABV. Nose: Clouds of pungent aniseed, menthol and eucalyptus are undersc…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
A must for the true Ardbeg fans. Limited Edition tin produced as a tribute to Ardbeg's famous mascot Shortie, the Jack Russell. Woof Woof! A wonderfully presented Ardbeg Gift Tin Containing a 70cl Ardbeg 10 year old. Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch WhiskyIslay70cl / 46% Ardbeg 10y/o…was £46.99
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2019 marks the arrival of the 9th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 9th Edition 100% Islay was distilled from 2007 and 2009 barley harvests before being matured in ex-bourbon barrels for over 9 years. After 9 years of maturation Kilchoman founder, Anthony Wills, selected 43 ex-bourbon ba…
Caol Ila 8 Year Old -2010 -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular- The Elements Collection - Release 3 - Earth Edition
Islay - 70cl / 58.5%
We are delighted to help launch a new series of Old Particular Single Cask Limited Edition bottlings for 2019, inspired by the four Elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water. The third release is a Caol Ila 8 year old bottled at 58.5% ABV representing the element earth. All the Old Particular Elements…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Caol Ila 9yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Small Batch. Wood: Refill hogsheadsCasks #314161, 322888 & 322890Distilled: 2009Bottled: 201946% vol. Nose: Sweet peat and brine rush out of the glass, before waves of vanilla, crème fraiche, lime cordial and liquorice root emerge. Taste: The sweetness o…