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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 / 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…
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 …
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Culblair Estate. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown. Theorganic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gro…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008. Islay Grown Dunlossit Estate. Bere is the ancient land-race from which the illegal spirit uisge beatha was distilled back in the 18th century and from which modern whisky was to evolve. Distilled in 2008 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Islay, the grain for this rel…
Islay - 70cl / 44.6%
Bruichladdich " Old & Rare" are exclusive to the UK Market and represent the last casks from 1984,1985 and 1986 Vintages. The Bruichladdich 1986/30 Year Old numbers only 4,200 bottles drawn from the very last 7 casks of 1986. Ultra-rare. This is an elegant, floral Bruichladdich with intense, f…
Islay - 70cl / 48.7%
Bruichladdich " Old & Rare" are exclusive to the UK Market and represent the last casks from 1984,1985 and 1986 Vintages. The Bruichladdich 1985/32 Year Old numbers only 4,200 bottles drawn from the very last 22 casks of 1985. This whisky was originally filled into gentle third fill Bourbon ca…
Islay - 70cl / 43.7%
Bruichladdich " Old & Rare" are exclusive to the UK Market and represent the last casks from 1984,1985 and 1986 Vintages. The Bruichladdich 1984/32 Year Old numbers only 3,000 bottles drawn from the very last casks of 1984. In 2008, the then master distiller Jim McEwan identified a classic vin…