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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 100% Islay 2018 - 8th - Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

      2018 marks the arrival of the 8th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 8th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a vatting of 23 bourbon barrels and 7 oloroso sherry butts filled between 2008 and 2012, bottled at 50% ABV. The 100% Islay range is Kilchoman’s only expression which is dis…

     
    £74.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old Douglas Laing's XOP Cask - 12821 - Single Cask - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 42.6%

    New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er and cracking value! Distilled in February 1988 and bottled in August 2018 a bottling charged from one refill butt. One of only 271 bottles Nose: Opens with sweet sugar coated pear drops, lime and peach. Palate: Anticipate honey…

     
    £325.00 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 6 Year Old - Douglas Laing's Provenance Coastal Collection Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 48%

    Provenance "The Coastal Collection" is a limited edition Single Cask series of four bottlings honouring Scotland’s Whisky islands and the seas that surround them. The Collection's third release is this Caol Ila 6 Years Old Single Cask bottling which has spent its life maturing in a refill Hogshead…

     
    £65.00 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release - 2015 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 58.2%

    Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release  2005-2015 A very rare bottle indeed. Only 3000 bottles of this limited edition were released. This bottling was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the distillery. Colour : Golden amber. Nose: Powerful, integrated peat smoke, spice,dark chocolate and citru…

     
    £235.00 inc. VAT
  • Laphroaig 18 Old Douglas Laing's XOP Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 56.8%

    New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er! Distilled in March 1999 and bottled in February 2018 a bottling charged from one refill butt. One of only 323 bottles. Nose: Opens sweet and ashy with charred marinated meat and peat smoke balanced with fruit and spices. Palat…

     
    £265.00 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Grooves 2018 Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. Inspired by the alternative lifestyle and unorthodox spirit of a previous generation, Ardbeg have released this year’s celebratory Limited Edition, Ardbeg Grooves. This unconventional whisky is produced using wine casks which have bee…

     
    £95.95 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This is the seventh 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 and this latest edition…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Port Cask Matured - 2018 - Edition - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

      This is the second Port Cask Matured expression released, the first, launched in 2014 was one of the most talked about Kilchoman releases in the distillery’s thirteen-year history. The 2018 edition is a vatting of thirty ruby port hogsheads filled in 2014, yielding a total of 10,000 bottles. A…

     
    £79.99 inc. VAT
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