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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 / 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…
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…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Kilchoman launch first official 7 year old Single Malt. Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, have released their first ever seven year old single malt, the most mature expression to be released by the Islay distillery since its establishment in 2005.The Limited Edition 2008 Vintage is a vattin…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
The nose opens distinctly Islay in style, balanced with a malt mash and a sweetly vanilla'd quality. This sweetness continues on the palate and develops to a sweet liquorice and soft warm tar character. Sweet smoke and honey on distinctly burnt toast linger on the long finish.
Islay - 70cl / 57%
The sixth installment of Bruichladdich's super-peated Octomore range with a phenolic level of an incredible 167ppm. Very few of these peat monsters remain in the wild...
Islay - 70cl / 47.4%
Two collectables in one or indeed a cracking Ardbeg to drink! Ardbeg Perpetuum is this years annual release and also coincidentally the 200th Anniversary bottling. A mixture of casks,barrels,refills, ages and then a 'top secret' style tossed in for good measure. The past, present and future in a g…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2015 marks the arrival of the 5th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. 18,000 bottles have been released worldwide with only 1800 bottles retained for the UK market. Kilchoman’s 5th Edition 100% Islay is a vatting of ex-bourbon barrels filled in 2009 and 2010. First released in 2010, the 100% Islay rang…
Islay - 70cl / 63.8%
This is the first Independent bottling of Octomore we have stocked. An interesting dram from the "Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Co." A six year old single cask distilled in March 2008 and bottled November 2014 unchillfiltered and deeming only 302 bottles from a Rivesaltes wine cask. Tasting notes t…