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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 / 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…
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 …
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…
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…
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 …
Islay - 70cl / 58%
Hits the mouth like a left hook then a right hook, exploding with a dynamite peaty effect! Smokehead High Voltage is a recently released cask strength version of the ever popular Smokehead single Malt. Deeply rich and intensely peaty with a rush of black smoke,creamy nutty notes and a tangy sea sa…
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…