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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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  • Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2008- The Coastal Collection--Douglas Laings Provenance - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 48%

    The Coastal Collection We are very pleased to introduce you to the Provenance Coastal Collection: A limited edition series of 4 planned bottlings for 2018, honouring Scotland’s Whisky islands. The first bottling is a Bunnahabhain single cask aged 10 Years Old bottled at 48%.   Only 366 bottl…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Bowmore Gold Reef Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Litre

    Islay - 100cl / 43%

    An exciting new Bowmore has just arrived. Bowmore Gold Reef was released for the travel retail market in 2014. Fine oak Bourbon and Sherry Casks help shape the final character of this complex single malt whisky.Its name Gold Reef is reflected in the rich golden colour and predominance of Bourbon C…

     
    £59.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain Toiteach A Dha Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46.3%

    A relatively new offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery. Toiteach A Dha means 'smoky two' in Gaelic and coming from a distillery famed for its lighter fruity Islay style this one is well worth trying.This is a sequel to the original peaty paradox on Bunnahabhain’s gentle single malt. With tou…

     
    £45.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 08.4/ 170 PPM - 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 58.7%

    This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 8 years in first fill American and virgin oak. Distilled in 2009, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2008 harvest. 58.7% ABV and 170 ppm. Only 12,000 bottles worldwide. The effect of virgin oak on whisky can be dramatic. …

     
    £150.00 inc. VAT
  • Laphroaig 27 Year Old -2017- Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 41.7%

    Released in 2017 this is the third annual version of Laphroaig's limited edition aged releases.   In 2015, to celebrate its 200th anniversary, Laphroaig launched a 32 Year Old exclusive – the highest aged whisky it had released in over 8 years. In 2016, Laphroaig 30 Year Old was launched and in…

     
    £425.00 inc. VAT
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    £400.00 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg 10 Year Old Warehouse Pack Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Lay claim to your own piece of Islay this festive season with this unique warehouse gift tin. Ardbeg 10yo is a very special bottling from Ardbeg distillery as it is the first non-chillfiltered whisky in the Ardbeg range. The nose is salty with peaty notes prominate. The palate is full-bodied and pe…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46.3%

    To create Stiùireadair the Master Blender, has selected first and second fill sherry casks with spirit of varying ages and warehouse locations to construct a dram that truly exposes the coastal nature of the Bunnahabhain single malt whisky. Whilst not losing the sherry influence everyone knows and …

     
    £38.99 inc. VAT
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