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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%
This is the seventh 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…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
This is the second Port Cask Matured expression released, the first, launched in 2014 was one of the most talked about Kilchoman releases in the distillery’s thirteen-year history. The 2018 edition is a vatting of thirty ruby port hogsheads filled in 2014, yielding a total of 10,000 bottles. A…
Islay - 70cl / 53.3%
Hunter Laing’s Old & Rare Caol ILa 25 Year Old 1991. This rare bottle is from Hunter Laing & Co and presented as part of their Platinum Old & Rare Selection. Distilled in March 1991 and bottled January 2017 Only 276 bottles bottles filled from a Refill Hogshead. Tasting Notes A light gol…
Islay - 70cl / 50.8%
Hunter Laing’s Old & Rare Bunnahabhain 27 Year Old 1989. This rare bottle is from Hunter Laing & Co and presented as part of their Platinum Old & Rare Selection. Distilled in October 1989 an bottled March 2017. Only 198 bottles filled from a Refill Hogshead. Tasting Notes A beautifully c…
Islay - 100cl / 43%
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 Cask characteristics. Tasting Notes On…
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…