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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%
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 / 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…