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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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  • Big Peat "Feis Ile Edition" 2019 Limited Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £68.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie 20cl - Scottish Barley Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £16.99 inc. VAT
  • Port Charlotte MRC: 01 2010 Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £90.00 inc. VAT
  • Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2011 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    This heavily peated Port Charlotte is from from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, 2011-vintage Port Charlotte was distilled entirely from grain grown on the island. The barley was harvested from three farms in 2010. Nose – A whirlwind of vibrant aromas burst from the glass, an earthy tarred peat …

     
    £65.00 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Octomore 10 - Vintage 2008 - Third Edition 167 ppm Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 56.8%

    Here we are Peat Heads the latest arrival of Octomore. Knives and forks at the ready! In this third edition of ten year old, the unique texture of Octomore is lifted further by taking a different maturation path than its decade old predecessors, this third edition engages perfectly with the phenol…

     
    £160.00 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 38 Old Douglas Laing's XOP Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 53.9%

    New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er! Distilled in September 1980  and bottled in September 2018 a bottling charged from one refill Hogshead. One of only 177 bottles. Nose: Sweetly smoked barley alongside streaky bacon, golden syrup, caramel and salty seaweed. Pa…

     
    £699.00 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 09.3 Dialogos / 133 PPM - 5 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 62.9%

    This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range. Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012. Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whiskey and French wine casks. Five aged years …

     
    £175.00 inc. VAT
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