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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 / 46%
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…
Islay - 70cl / 46.3%
Bunnahabhain recently changed their modus operandi to unchillfiltered malts, allowing their true flavour and character to be represented. This is the latest small batch release. Batch 2 Bourbon Finish. Ceobanach (pronounced ' kyaw-bin-ach), which means ' smoky mist' in Scots Gaelic, reflects the …
Islay - 70cl / 56.7%
Get it while you can! Legend has it amongst the Ileachs that the devil once visited the old church in the town of Bowmore. The church itself is circular, built in such a way that should the devil ever infiltrate its walls, he would have no corner to hide in...the local congregation spotted the devi…
Islay - 70cl / 49.9%
The name Ardbeg Auriverdes derives from the colour of the golden whisky (auri) in Ardbeg’s iconic green bottle (verde). Auriverdes is also the nickname of the national football team of Brazil, hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and inspiration behind Ardbeg’s Peat Football tournament which took p…
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
Here we go for the 14th annual release of this iconic dram! This is the oldest release of Port Ellen to come from the original distillers, refill European/ American oak casks filled in 1978 and deeming only 2,964 individually numbered bottles. Appearance: Bright, deep gold with amber lights. F…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
The wind-driven rain that lashes Islay's fields, and the Atlantic air breathed by the casks as they mature by the shores of Loch Indaal, gives the whisky its signature salty, citrus tang. Harvested in September 2008 from the farms at Coull, Kynagarry, Island, Rockside, Starchmill & Sunderland, peat…