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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!
Bowmore 24 Year Old - 1997 - Peated Virgin Oak Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Infrequent Flyers - Cask #2690
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
Bowmore 24 Year Old - 1997 - Peated Virgin Oak Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Infrequent Flyers - Cask #2690 A very interesting bottle from a new Independent Bottler with a deep heritage in the Whisky industry AWW # 60: Bowmore 1997 cask # 2690 / 24YO / 48.4% / Single Malt Scotch Whisky …
Islay - 70cl / 44.2%
Coming Soon! Lagavulin 26 Year Old -2021 - Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Released as part of the Diageo Special Releases 2021, this 26 Year Old Lagavulin Cask Strength is aged in rich first fill Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. Nose: On the mellow nose a finely woven win…
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release 3 - Bourbon - Oloroso Sherry - Sauternes - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 49.1%
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release 3 - Bourbon - Oloroso Sherry - Sauternes - Single Malt Scotch Whisky This small batch vatting combines Bourbon (70%) and Oloroso Sherry matured (5%) Kilchoman at 46% with one specially selected Sauternes Cask at natural strength for the remaining 25%.The…
Islay - 70cl / 55.1%
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old - Cask Strength - 2021 - Limited Release - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Introducing Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength, a limited edition whisky inspired by visitor tastings in the distillery’s iconic Warehouse 9.Matured on the remote, north eastern coastline of Islay, …
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
Lagavulin 12 Year Old -2021 - Special Releases - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. We are now in to the 20th 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 56.5% abv with limited avai…
Caol Ila 15 Year Old - Old Particular Exceptional Single Cask Range - The Midnight Series - PX Sherry Butt - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Cask #DL15193
Islay - 70cl / 54.6%
Caol Ila 15 Year Old - Old Particular Exceptional Single Cask Range - The Midnight Series - PX Sherry Butt - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Cask #DL15193 A new limited edition collection from Douglas Laing within its renowned Old Particular Exceptional Single Cask Scotch Whisky range. The “Midnight…
Islay - 70cl / 54.6%
Caol Ila 40 Year Old - Douglas Laing's XOP Range - Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky - Cask #DL14963 New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er! Distilled in September 1980 and bottled in June 2021 a bottling charged from one refill Hogshead. One of only 206 bottles. Nos…
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
XOP The Black Series - Caol Ila Vintage 1991 30 Year Old Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky. Distilled January 1991 and bottled September 2021. Cask# DL 15245 One Sherry Hogshead deeming only 190 individually numbered bottles. Natural cask strength of 48.4% with no colouring or filtration natura…