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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 / 43%
Image For Illustration Purposes Only! Lagavulin 2003 (bottled 2017) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish - Distillers Edition. The "Distillers Edition" whiskies in Diageo's Classic Malts range always undergo a double-maturation. This one has spent time in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Richly flavoured with in…
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…
Islay - 70cl / 57.8%
We are now in to the 17th annual release of cask strength, Lagavulin 12 year old. Aged in refill American oak hogshead casks for at least 12 years then released as a limited edition. Bottled at 57.8% abv with limited availability worldwide. Nose: Unmistakeable and immediate, with powerful smoulder…
Islay - 70cl / 59.1%
This is the thirteenth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery A batch made once a year, with unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill and rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts. Bottled at 59.1% abv with limited availability wo…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2018 marks the arrival of the 8th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 8th Edition 100% Islay limited edition is a vatting of 23 bourbon barrels and 7 oloroso sherry butts filled between 2008 and 2012, bottled at 50% ABV. The 100% Islay range is Kilchoman’s only expression which is dis…
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…