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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 / 50.6%
A special commemorative bottling celebrating Islay's FEIS ILE 2017 Festival. A single cask Caol Ila distilled November 2010 and bottled April 2017. Non-Chill filtered and bottled at 50.6% alc./vol. Nose: Opens with a mighty maritime Islay punch followed by salty spices and sweet smoke. Palate: S…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the sixth 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 and this latest edition i…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Newly arrived and selling fast. The much anticipated Port Charlotte 10 Second Edition. The smouldering heat of peat and dark fruit is finessed by floral top notes, a twist of citrus and mellow oak. Full term in first-fill bourbon, sherry, tempranillo and French wine casks. Bottled at 50% alc. vol.…
Islay - 70cl / 57.3%
Here we are Peat Heads the latest arrival of Octomore. Knives and forks at the ready! In this second edition of ten year old, the unique texture of Octomore is lifted further by the smooth, sweet fruit of Grenache and engages perfectly with the phenolic depth. Just 18,000 bottles exist, presented …
Islay - 70cl / 46%
A new presentation from our friends on Islay, the Ardbeg Exploration Pack, explores the Ardbeg range from Ardbeg Ten Years Old through Ardbeg Uigeadail to Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Displayed in a beautiful and elegantly textured gift pack, the box can also be used to display your bottles.Ardbeg 10 Year O…
Islay - 70cl / 56.9%
This is the second general release Kilchoman has done at original cask strength. This edition has been matured for over six years in quarter casks and bottled at cask strength (56.9%). Roughly a quarter the size of a 500 litre butt, Quarter Casks allow for increased whisky to wood contact within th…
Islay - 70cl / 61.5%
This is the eleventh unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery,distilled in 2000 making it the first of this series to come from the new millennium. A batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill American Oak hogsheads and refill Europ…
Islay - 70cl / 55.2%
Here we go for the 16th annual release of this iconic dram! The oldest PORT ELLEN ever released and unsurprisingly the most expensive Special Release yet. Only 2940 individually numbered bottles world-wide From refill European Oak butts and American Oak hogsheads filled in 1978. Official Tasting…