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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 - 70cl / 55.2%
Here we go for the 16th annual release of this iconic dram! The oldest PORT ELLEN ever released and unsurprisingly the most expensive Special Release yet. Only 2940 individually numbered bottles world-wide From refill European Oak butts and American Oak hogsheads filled in 1978. Official Tasting…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 43%
The Lost Distillery Company have attempted to reinvent the flavours of long since closed down distilleries, offering the drinker a taste of whisky history. Lossit distillery was founded in 1817 by Malcolm MacNeil, a landowner and farmer to trade. Situated in Ballygrant, Islay, it closed just 50 yea…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
This product can only be purchased instore. Enquiries to email@example.com. This beautifully presented Black Bowmore 30 year old has now attained a certain cult status among Bowmore aficionados. Bottled in the mid 1990s it owes its provenance to the legendary swinging sixties vintage…
Islay - 70cl / 46.5%
Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. THE DARKEST ARDBEG EVER. Its colour is that of copper stills in moonlight. Its nose –dark chocolate, rich treacle toffee and distant bonfires –betrays a secret: a clandestine meeting of Ardbeg matured in ex-Bourbon casks and a hear…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the fifth 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 butts and this latest edition i…
Islay - 70cl / 43%
Image for information purposes only! The 2003 Vintage of Coal Ila's entry in Diageo's Distillers' Edition range. Their usual smoky malt has an additional depth of sweetness and sophistication having spent the last run of its maturation period in sweet moscatel wine casks. Distilled in 2003 and bot…
Islay - 70cl / 48%
Lagavulin have launched a very special Limited Edition 8 year old to celebrate 200 years of exceptional craft and whisky production at this world famous distillery. Bottled at 48% alc/vol from a mixture of refill European and American Oak casks. The palate is light in texture, with a magnificently…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Fresh from Islay the new Kilchoman Sanaig has a predominantly Oloroso sherry cask influence. Sanaig, a small rocky inlet located north of the distillery is the name given to the latest addition to the Kilchoman range. Nose: Soft cooked fruits with caramel and vanilla.Palate: Toffee, peat smoke and…