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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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  • Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Old 2nd Edition Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Newly arrived and selling fast. The much anticipated Port Charlotte 10 Second Edition. The smouldering heat of peat and dark fruit is finessed by floral top notes, a twist of citrus and mellow oak. Full term in first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks. Bottled at 50% alc. vol.…

     
    £54.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich The Laddie 10 Year Old Second Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Newly arrived and selling fast! This unpeated ten year old is a powerful, youthful individualist. It has not been homogenised or subject to the industrial processes and caramel additives that strip out natural oils and artificially darken. Its colour is derived entirely from great casks, housed on …

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Octomore 10 - Second Edition 167 ppm Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 57.3%

    Here we are Peat Heads the latest arrival of Octomore. Knives and forks at the ready! In this second edition of ten year old, the unique texture of Octomore is lifted further by the smooth, sweet fruit of Grenache and engages perfectly with the phenolic depth. Just 18,000 bottles exist, presented …

     
    £149.00 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Exploration Pack Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    A new presentation from our friends on Islay, the Ardbeg Exploration Pack, explores the Ardbeg range from Ardbeg Ten Years Old through Ardbeg Uigeadail to Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Displayed in a beautiful and elegantly textured gift pack, the box can also be used to display your bottles.Ardbeg 10 Year O…

     
    £51.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2016 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

      Kilchoman launch their first ever Sauternes Cask Matured Single Malt. The Limited Edition release of just 6,000 bottles is a very exclusive bottling matured for over five years in Sauternes casks. Having spent its full maturation period in fresh Sauternes casks the whisky has inevitably taken …

     
    £89.00 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 2016 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 56.9%

    This is the second general release Kilchoman has done at original cask strength. This edition has been matured for over six years in quarter casks and bottled at cask strength (56.9%). Roughly a quarter the size of a 500 litre butt, Quarter Casks allow for increased whisky to wood contact within th…

     
    £71.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 15 Year Old HS 2016 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 61.5%

    This is the eleventh unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery,distilled in 2000 making it the first of this series to come from the new millennium. A batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill American Oak hogsheads and refill Europ…

     
    £90.00 inc. VAT
  • Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 16th Release (2016) Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £2500.00 inc. VAT
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