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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 - 100cl / 43%
An exciting new Bowmore has just arrived. Bowmore Gold Reef was released for the travel retail market in 2014. Fine oak Bourbon and Sherry Casks help shape the final character of this complex single malt whisky.Its name Gold Reef is reflected in the rich golden colour and predominance of Bourbon C…
Islay - 70cl / 46.3%
A relatively new offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery. Toiteach A Dha means 'smoky two' in Gaelic and coming from a distillery famed for its lighter fruity Islay style this one is well worth trying.This is a sequel to the original peaty paradox on Bunnahabhain’s gentle single malt. With tou…
Islay - 70cl / 58.7%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 8 years in first fill American and virgin oak. Distilled in 2009, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2008 harvest. 58.7% ABV and 170 ppm. Only 12,000 bottles worldwide. The effect of virgin oak on whisky can be dramatic. …
Islay - 70cl / 41.7%
Released in 2017 this is the third annual version of Laphroaig's limited edition aged releases. In 2015, to celebrate its 200th anniversary, Laphroaig launched a 32 Year Old exclusive – the highest aged whisky it had released in over 8 years. In 2016, Laphroaig 30 Year Old was launched and in…
Islay - 70cl / 48.7%
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Lay claim to your own piece of Islay this festive season with this unique warehouse gift tin. Ardbeg 10yo is a very special bottling from Ardbeg distillery as it is the first non-chillfiltered whisky in the Ardbeg range. The nose is salty with peaty notes prominate. The palate is full-bodied and pe…was £49.99
Islay - 70cl / 46.3%
To create Stiùireadair the Master Blender, has selected first and second fill sherry casks with spirit of varying ages and warehouse locations to construct a dram that truly exposes the coastal nature of the Bunnahabhain single malt whisky. Whilst not losing the sherry influence everyone knows and …
Islay - 70cl / 49.5%
A brand new Limited Edition offering from the Bunnahabhain Distillery! The Story Established in 1881 and built close to the Mouth of the Margadale river, Bunnahabhain means Mouth of The River in Gaelic. Bunnahabhain is the only distillery on Islay to produce whisky using pure spring water. Most …