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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!
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%
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…
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 / 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…
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…
Islay - 70cl / 48%
Smokehead Sherry Bomb Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Smokehead Sherry Bomb is a recently released version of the ever popular Smokehead Single Malt. Peaty, moody, fierce and fruity with a spicy smooth finish.