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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 29 Year Old - 1990 - Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice - Cask # 2991 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2020 Release
Islay - 70cl / 51.6%
Bruichladdich 29 Year Old - 1990 - Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2020 Release. Distilled June 1990 Bottled January 2020 Cask Refill Sherry Hogshead. Cask # 2991 Only 173 Bottles Nose : Autumnal fruit aromas lead to ripe banana and creamy toffee apple. Sw…
Old Particular Limited Edition Collection - The Spiritualist Series - Islay - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 53.2%
Old Particular Limited Edition Collection - The Spiritualist Series - Islay - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A new limited edition collection from Douglas Laing within its renowned Old Particular Single Cask Scotch Whisky range. The “Spiritualist” Series is unveiled with the launch of Old Particula…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the ninth 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 from the renowned bodega,…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
IMAGE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY! Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2008 - Douglas Laings Provenance - Single Malt Scotch Whisky This Bunnahabhain has been aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead. Distilled June 2008 - Bottled February 2019. Cask #DL13057 Nose : Sea breeze initially, then come…
Islay - 70cl / 50.9%
Pre Order only. Shipping Week Commencing 1st June 2020. Port Ellen - Rogue Casks - 40 Year Old -1979 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is the oldest expression of a Distillery bottling of Port Ellen. The 40 year old has been skillfully crafted from 9 Rogue Casks discovered by the Master Distiller…
Islay - 70cl / 51.2%
XOP The Black Series - Caol Ila 1979 40yo Limited Edition Single Malt. Release VI A very rare Caol Ila 40yo is presented as Release 6 in the new super premium series from Douglas Laing. Each bottle contains an individual certificate, hand signed by Fred and Cara Laing. Distilled April 1979 and b…
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release - Bourbon - Sherry - Madeira Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 48.3%
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release - Bourbon - Sherry - Madeira Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Tasting Notes: Nose: : Lemon, citrus with a strong sweet spicy note.Palate: The madeira cask adds a spicy full rich character with citrus notes still present.Finish: A warm lingering finish wit…
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
We are now in to the 18th 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 56.5% abv with limited availability worldwide. Nose: A mild nose overall, with light prickle. Classic La…