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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 Loch Gorm 2017 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This is the sixth 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 i…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Octomore 10 - Second Edition 167 ppm Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 57.3%

    Here we are Peat Heads the latest arrival of Octomore. Knives and forks at the ready! In this second edition of ten year old, the unique texture of Octomore is lifted further by the smooth, sweet fruit of Grenache and engages perfectly with the phenolic depth. Just 18,000 bottles exist, presented …

     
    £149.00 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Exploration Pack Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    A new presentation from our friends on Islay, the Ardbeg Exploration Pack, explores the Ardbeg range from Ardbeg Ten Years Old through Ardbeg Uigeadail to Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Displayed in a beautiful and elegantly textured gift pack, the box can also be used to display your bottles.Ardbeg 10 Year O…

     
    £51.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 2016 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 56.9%

    This is the second general release Kilchoman has done at original cask strength. This edition has been matured for over six years in quarter casks and bottled at cask strength (56.9%). Roughly a quarter the size of a 500 litre butt, Quarter Casks allow for increased whisky to wood contact within th…

     
    £71.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 15 Year Old HS 2016 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 61.5%

    This is the eleventh unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery,distilled in 2000 making it the first of this series to come from the new millennium. A batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill American Oak hogsheads and refill Europ…

     
    £90.00 inc. VAT
  • Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 16th Release (2016) Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 55.2%

    Here we go for the 16th annual release of this iconic dram! The oldest PORT ELLEN ever released and unsurprisingly the most expensive Special Release yet. Only 2940 individually numbered bottles world-wide From refill European Oak butts and American Oak hogsheads filled in 1978. Official Tasting…

     
    £2500.00 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…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila Distillers' Edition 2004 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 43%

    Image for information purposes only! The 2004 Vintage of Coal Ila's entry in Diageo's Distillers' Edition range. Their usual smoky malt has an additional depth of sweetness and sophistication having spent the last run of its maturation period in sweet moscatel wine casks. Distilled in 2004 and bot…

     
    £64.99 inc. VAT
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