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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!
Laphroaig 18 Year Old - 2001 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Hunter Laing - Cask# 15760
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Laphroaig 18 Year Old - 2001 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Hunter Laing - Cask# 15760 Laphroaig 18 year old was distilled in December 1996 and bottled March 2018. Only 300 bottles charged from a Refill Butt. Cask# 15760 Tasting Notes: Nose : Ash peat and brine. Flavour : Peat, …
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bowmore 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Old Malt Cask - Cask# 14867. Bowmore 21 year old was distilled in December 1996 and bottled March 2018. Only 300 bottles charged from a Refill Hogshead. Cask# 14867 Tasting Notes: Nose : Round with elegant peat , smoke and liquorice. Flavour : Fr…
Bruichladdich Distillery Micro-Provenance Series - Vintage 2003 - 14 year Old - Calvados/ Bourbon - # Cask 10/179 -1 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 60.8%
Image For Illustration Purposes Only!Bruichladdich Distillery Micro - Provenance Series. Single Cask. Cask Evolution Exploration. This Vintage 2003 Bourbon/ Calvados Cask has an out-turn of only 438 bottles released as a Limited Edition Exclusively for the UK Laddie Crew. Distilled 4-12-2003 B…
Islay - 70cl / 54.7%
Kilchoman Founders Cask Release 2 This is the second in the Founders Cask series, bespoke to the UK. There will be 5 single cask releases in total, over the next 5 years, each cask chosen by a different member of the founding Wills family. For this second release, the cask was selected by George Wi…
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release - Bourbon - Sherry - Madeira Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Islay - 70cl / 48.3%
Kilchoman UK Exclusive Small Batch Release - Bourbon - Sherry - Madeira Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Tasting Notes: Nose: : Lemon, citrus with a strong sweet spicy note.Palate: The madeira cask adds a spicy full rich character with citrus notes still present.Finish: A warm lingering finish wit…
Islay - 70cl / 56.7%
Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie Finish: First fill, Refill Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Casks# 348034, 348038Distilled: 2009Bottled: 2019Cask Strength: 56.7% vol. Nose: Fresh, earthy, smoky and sooty, full of sweet peat, lime ju…
Islay - 70cl / 48%
Smokehead Sherry Bomb Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Smokehead Sherry Bomb is a recently released version of the ever popular Smokehead Single Malt. Peaty, moody, fierce and fruity with a spicy smooth finish.
Islay - 70cl / 50%
Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Dalcross. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown barley. The organic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gr…