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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!
Caol Ila 11 Year Old - Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie #354542
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
Caol Ila 11 Year Old - Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie #354542 Finish: First fill, Refill Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Casks# 354542Distilled: 19/02/2009Bottled: 2020Cask Strength: 56.5% vol. Nose: Grassy, fresh aromas of vanilla pods, brine and ligh…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Image For Illustration Purposes Only! Caol Ila 9yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Small Batch. Wood: Refill hogsheadsCask 323500, 323502 & 323518Distilled: 08/12/2010Bottled: 202046% vol. Nose: Sweet peat and brine rush out of the glass, before waves of vanilla, crème fraiche, lime cordial and liq…
Islay - 100cl / 46.3%
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Originally released as a Travel Retail Exclusive. Eirigh Na Greine (pronounced ae-ree ne gray-nyuh, meaning ‘morning sky’ in Gaelic), a warm malt with complex layers of rich, fruity notes and smooth, embracing spices. Matured in the fine…
Islay - 100cl / 50%
Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona Single Malt Scotch Whisky Originally released as a Travel Retail Exclusive. Cruach Mhona Meaning ‘Peat Stack’ in Scots Gaelic, Cruach Mhona [pronounced croo-ach vona], was one of the Distilleries first Travel Retail Exclusives and is the only Bunnahabhain Mòine (pea…
Islay - 70cl / 47.4%
A Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery! The Bunnahabhain 1988 Vintage Marsala Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The story of this precious spirit is a story of two islands – and two journeys. First, the true essence of Islay; Bunnahabhain whisky, lovingly crafted from the …
Islay - 70cl / 47.4%
Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old 2020 Single Malt Scotch Whisky A brand new release joining the already excellent core range, matured in ex - Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks. Ardbeg Wee Beastie has been matured for just 5 years,making i…
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…