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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 / 48.4%
A Douglas Laing Company first! Octomore 8 Year Old Distilled 2011 and bottled May 2019. Only 330 bottles worldwide. Charged from a Refill Barrel and bottled at 48.4% abv. Refill Barrel - DL13327. Tasting Notes: Nose : A maritime quality with dried seaweed, then a sweet smokiness. Flavour : An…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
STR Cask Matured or in plain English : Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred Red Wine Casks. Anthony Wills selected 43 casks filled in 2012 and bottled at 50% abv for this latest barrier pushing project. The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the fl…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants are an official Ardbeg Embassy. This year, Ardbeg are adding a dash of carnival colour to their customary Ardbeg Day ritual, in celebration of the Islay’s passion for festivity.Inspired by Islay’s rich history of carnivals, Ardbeg have released a limited edition …
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%
Introducing Big Peat “Feis Ile 2019 Edition ” A limited edition bottling of Douglas Laing's Big Peat Vatted Malt, made exclusively with malt whiskies from the Isle of Islay. We are smokily delighted to introduce Big Peat's 2019 Feis Ile Edition, commemorating Islay's annual Malt and Music fe…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the eighth 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 - 20cl / 50%
This is Bruichladdich's new flagship product, replacing the now defunct Laddie 10 year old. The legacy of the old whisky remains with this one still being floral and unpeated to taste, aged in American Oak casks and presented in the aqua tin. There are a couple of changes though...it no longer carri…
Islay - 70cl / 46.9%
This is the sixth installment of the legendary Bruichladdich Black Art. Black Art is now a very limited release, core product of Bruichladdich's updated range under owners Remy Cointreau. This unpeated single malt has undergone a parallel journey with head distiller, Adam Hannet. Having worked cl…
Islay - 70cl / 59.2%
This heavily peated Port Charlotte is from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, part of the cask exploration series it showcases the influence of wood on the heavily peated spirit. Distilled from 100% Scottish barley, from the Invernesshire region, this sweet and fruity spirit has spent time in first f…