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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 / 43%
Lagavulin 2001 (bottled 2017) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition. The "Distillers Edition" whiskies in Diageo's Classic Malts range always undergo a double-maturation. This one has spent time in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Richly flavoured with intense layers of raisin sweetness and sm…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Kilchoman launch their fourth and final limited edition of 2018, the Sauternes Cask Finish. Just 10,000 bottles will be available worldwide, bottled at 50% abv. The Sauternes Cask Finish follows a range of wine cask releases bottled by Kilchoman over the previous five years. This latest offering di…
Islay - 70cl / 58.1%
This dram is a real milestone marking the first-ever Caol Ila 35 year old in this series and also the oldest Caol Ila Special Release to date from this much respected distillery. It is a well-balanced and mature expression that shows a fine freshness, cleanliness and precision for its age. A mixtu…
Islay - 70cl / 57.8%
We are now in to the 17th 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 57.8% abv with limited availability worldwide. Nose: Unmistakeable and immediate, with powerful smoulder…
Islay - 70cl / 59.1%
This is the thirteenth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery A batch made once a year, with unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill and rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts. Bottled at 59.1% abv with limited availability wo…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2018 marks the arrival of the 8th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 8th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a vatting of 23 bourbon barrels and 7 oloroso sherry butts filled between 2008 and 2012, bottled at 50% ABV. The 100% Islay range is Kilchoman’s only expression which is dis…
Islay - 70cl / 42.6%
New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er and cracking value! Distilled in February 1988 and bottled in August 2018 a bottling charged from one refill butt. One of only 271 bottles Nose: Opens with sweet sugar coated pear drops, lime and peach. Palate: Anticipate honey…
Islay - 70cl / 48%
Provenance "The Coastal Collection" is a limited edition Single Cask series of four bottlings honouring Scotland’s Whisky islands and the seas that surround them. The Collection's third release is this Caol Ila 6 Years Old Single Cask bottling which has spent its life maturing in a refill Hogshead…