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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%
Smokehead Rum Rebel Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky When Smokehead meets a rum cask cousin, the familiar peaty punch of Smokehead is given a sweet and furious jolt. New unexpected flavours emerge. Finished in a Caribbean rum cask, Rum Rebel has just joined the Smokehead Islay Single Malt gang. Fie…
Islay - 70cl / 62.1%
Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 12.3/ 118.1 PPM - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release Octomore 12.3 is single vintage, single field, single malt. Raised in Church Field on Octomore Farm by farmer James Brown, this Islay grown barley has been trickle distilled through the tall narrow necked sti…
Islay - 70cl / 59.9%
Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 12.1/ 130.8 PPM - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - 2021 Release. Nowhere is the dualism of the Octomore super heavily peated series more pertinent than in the .1 edition. While Octomore in itself does not conform to tradition, Head Distiller Adam Hannett is inclined to m…
Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Re - Charred and Refill Hogsheads - The Black Lion - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Re - Charred and Refill Hogsheads - The Black Lion - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Small Batch. Wood: Re - Charred and Refill HogsheadsCask 302761, 319270 & 319272Distilled : 2012Bottled: 202146% vol. Nose: Oily, ashy and sooty, as seaside bonfire aromas intertw…
Caol Ila 13 Year Old - Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie #362139
Islay - 70cl / 56.5%
Caol Ila 13 Year Old - Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Finish - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie #362139 Finish: First fill, Refill Palo Cortado Sherry Hogshead Casks# 362139Distilled: 04/07/2008Bottled: 2021Cask Strength: 56.5% vol. Nose: Peaty and earthy with a touch of richness: smoked ba…
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
Caol Ila 10 Year Old -2011 -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular - DL15257 In celebration of a brighter future ahead, this limited series is bursting with vibrant character! The striking orange label signifies joy, warmth, health and success. Refill Hogshead – Ref: DL15257…
Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Fable - Chapter 1 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay - Release 2
Islay - 70cl / 57.5%
Caol Ila 10 Year Old - Fable - Chapter 1 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay - Release 2 The Fable brand is founded on storytelling. Each label has different illustrations highlighting characters and scenes from the various chapters. Labels and illustrations by artist Hu…
Islay - 70cl / 56.2%
Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old - 2011 - Aonadh - Limited Release - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Gaelic for “Union", and pronounced "oon ouch", this 10 year old single malt is the perfect marriage of both the finest port finished Bunnahabhain, and sherry matured Bunnahabhain. Each of these have then been …