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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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  • Lossit Blended Malt - Lost Distillery Company

    Blended Malt - 70cl / 43%

    The Lost Distillery Company have attempted to reinvent the flavours of long since closed down distilleries, offering the drinker a taste of whisky history. Lossit distillery was founded in 1817 by Malcolm MacNeil, a landowner and farmer to trade. Situated in Ballygrant, Islay, it closed just 50 yea…

    £39.99 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Dark Cove Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46.5%

    Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. THE DARKEST ARDBEG EVER. Its colour is that of copper stills in moonlight. Its nose –dark chocolate, rich treacle toffee and distant bonfires –betrays a secret: a clandestine meeting of Ardbeg matured in ex-Bourbon casks and a hear…

    £99.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2016 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This is the fifth 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 butts and this latest edition i…

    £64.99 inc. VAT
  • Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary 2016 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 48%

    Lagavulin have launched a very special Limited Edition 8 year old to celebrate 200 years of exceptional craft and whisky production at this world famous distillery. Bottled at 48% alc/vol from a mixture of refill European and American Oak casks. The palate is light in texture, with a magnificently…

    £55.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Sanaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Fresh from Islay the new Kilchoman Sanaig has a predominantly Oloroso sherry cask influence. Sanaig, a small rocky inlet located north of the distillery is the name given to the latest addition to the Kilchoman range. Nose: Soft cooked fruits with caramel and vanilla.Palate: Toffee, peat smoke and…

    £49.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila Unpeated 1997 17 Year Old 2015 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 55.9%

    This is the tenth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery,distilled in 1997 this is  the oldest so far released. Wow! A very complex, richly flavoured whisky that begins sweetly with creamy notes of rich fruit, buttery toffee and chocolate, then reaches the silky dryness of a spicy fi…

    £90.00 inc. VAT
  • Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 15th Release (2015) Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 53.9%

    Here we go for the 15th annual release of this iconic dram! Only 2964 individually numbered bottles world-wide From refill European Oak butts filled in 1983, which was the last year of production. Like some memory of a fiery event, this sweet, intense, enigmatic and uncompromising Port Ellen disp…

    £2400.00 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman 2008 Release - 7 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    The Limited Edition 2008 Vintage is a vatting of fresh ex American bourbon barrels filled in July 2008 and bottled in August 2015. This latest release is a continuation of Kilchoman’s by-annually released Vintage range, the distillery having previously bottled 2006 and 2007 Vintages. Anthony Will…

    £64.99 inc. VAT