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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 / 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…
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…
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…
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 / 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…