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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 / 50%
Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Culblair Estate. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown. Theorganic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gro…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008. Islay Grown Dunlossit Estate. Bere is the ancient land-race from which the illegal spirit uisge beatha was distilled back in the 18th century and from which modern whisky was to evolve. Distilled in 2008 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay, the grain for this rel…
Islay - 70cl / 44.6%
Bruichladdich " Old & Rare" are exclusive to the UK Market and represent the last casks from 1984,1985 and 1986 Vintages. The Bruichladdich 1986/30 Year Old numbers only 4,200 bottles drawn from the very last 7 casks of 1986. Ultra-rare. This is an elegant, floral Bruichladdich with intense, f…
Islay - 70cl / 48.7%
Bruichladdich " Old & Rare" are exclusive to the UK Market and represent the last casks from 1984,1985 and 1986 Vintages. The Bruichladdich 1985/32 Year Old numbers only 4,200 bottles drawn from the very last 22 casks of 1985. This whisky was originally filled into gentle third fill Bourbon ca…
Islay - 70cl / 43.7%
Bruichladdich " Old & Rare" are exclusive to the UK Market and represent the last casks from 1984,1985 and 1986 Vintages. The Bruichladdich 1984/32 Year Old numbers only 3,000 bottles drawn from the very last casks of 1984. In 2008, the then master distiller Jim McEwan identified a classic vin…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Kilchoman launch first official 8 year old Single Malt. Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, have released their first ever 8 year old single malt, the most mature expression to be released by the Islay distillery since its establishment in 2005.The Limited Edition 2009 Vintage is a combinatio…
Islay - 70cl / 46.6%
Introducing Ardbeg AN OA! A welcome new addition to the Ultimate range. Ardbeg An Oa is singularly rounded, due in no small part to time spent in the newly established bespoke oak Gathering Vat where whiskies from several cask types - including; sweet Pedro Ximenez; spicy virgin charred oak; an…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 57.3%
Collectivum XXVIII is a limited edition, natural cask strength Blended malt Scotch whisky. This is the fourth release of NAS malt whisky in this series from the original distiller’s stocks. A blend of whiskies from all twenty-eight operating single malt distilleries currently owned by Diageo. A c…