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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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  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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,…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2008 - Douglas Laings Provenance - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask #DL13057

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    IMAGE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY! Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old 2008 - Douglas Laings Provenance - Single Malt Scotch Whisky This Bunnahabhain has been aged for 10 years in a single refill hogshead. Distilled June 2008 - Bottled February 2019. Cask #DL13057 Nose : Sea breeze initially, then come…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • XOP The Black Series - Caol Ila 1979 40yo Limited Edition Single Malt.

    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…

     
    £1500.00 inc. VAT
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old -2019 - Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £109.95 inc. VAT
  • Smokehead Sherry Bomb Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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.        

     
    £64.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Dalcross. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown barley. The organic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gr…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010Barley from Weyland and Watersfield, Quoyberstane, Northfield & Richmond Villa Farms Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making. Distilled in 2010 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Isl…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 - Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill, Cruach Farms - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011 is a single malt whisky distilled from barley grown by six farms on this remote Scottish island. Nose: From the outset this is overtly floral and fruity. Slow distillation yet again brings out the best from the Islay grown Barley, the abundance of soft fruit notes an…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
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