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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!

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  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 2019 - 9th - Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    2019 marks the arrival of the 9th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 9th Edition 100% Islay was distilled from 2007 and 2009 barley harvests before being matured in ex-bourbon barrels for over 9 years. After 9 years of maturation Kilchoman founder, Anthony Wills, selected 43 ex-bourbon ba…

     
    £71.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 8 Year Old -2010 -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular- The Elements Collection - Release 3 - Earth Edition

    Islay - 70cl / 58.5%

    We are delighted to help launch a new series of Old Particular Single Cask Limited Edition bottlings for 2019, inspired by the four Elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water. The third release is a Caol Ila 8 year old bottled at 58.5% ABV representing the element earth. All the Old Particular Elements…

     
    £79.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 9 Year Old -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Caol Ila 9yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Small Batch.  Wood: Refill hogsheadsCasks #314161, 322888 & 322890Distilled: 2009Bottled: 201946% vol. Nose: Sweet peat and brine rush out of the glass, before waves of vanilla, crème fraiche, lime cordial and liquorice root emerge. Taste: The sweetness o…

     
    £41.99 inc. VAT
  • Octomore 8 Year Old -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular -

    Islay - 70cl / 48.4%

    A Douglas Laing Company first! Octomore 8 Year Old Distilled 2011 and bottled May 2019. Only 330 bottles worldwide. Charged from a Refill Barrel and bottled at 48.4% abv. Refill Barrel - DL13327. Tasting Notes: Nose : A maritime quality with dried seaweed, then a sweet smokiness. Flavour : An…

     
    £199.00 no VAT
  • Kilchoman STR Cask Matured 2019 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    STR Cask Matured or in plain English :  Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred Red Wine Casks. Anthony Wills selected 43 casks filled in 2012 and bottled at 50% abv for this latest barrier pushing project. The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the fl…

     
    £78.99 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Drum 2019 Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This year, Ardbeg are adding a dash of carnival colour to their customary Ardbeg Day ritual, in celebration of the Islay’s passion for festivity.Inspired by Islay’s rich history of carnivals, Ardbeg have released a limited edition bottling imbued with the ultimate influence of carnival spirit, r…

     
    £149.99 inc. VAT
  • Big Peat "Feis Ile Edition" 2019 Limited Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

    Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%

    Introducing Big Peat “Feis Ile 2019 Edition ” A limited edition bottling of Douglas Laing's Big Peat Vatted Malt, made exclusively with malt whiskies from the Isle of Islay. We are smokily delighted to introduce Big Peat's 2019 Feis Ile Edition, commemorating Islay's annual Malt and Music fe…

     
    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This is the eighth 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 from the renowned bodega…

     
    £68.99 inc. VAT
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