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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!

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  • Caol Ila 8 Year Old -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Small Batch - Autumn 2020 Release.

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

     Caol Ila 8 Year Old -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Small Batch - Autumn 2020 Release.  Wood: Refill and Re-charred hogsheadsCask no - 321763-321775-316478Bottled: 202046% vol. Nose: A burning summer meadow, with earthy floral notes mixing in with sooty, earthy campfire aromas, along…

     
    £41.99 inc. VAT
  • Caol Ila 9 Year Old -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Image For Illustration Purposes Only! Caol Ila 9yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky- Small Batch.  Wood: Refill hogsheadsCask 323500, 323502 & 323518Distilled: 08/12/2010Bottled: 202046% vol. Nose: Sweet peat and brine rush out of the glass, before waves of vanilla, crème fraiche, lime cordial and liq…

     
    £41.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 100cl / 46.3%

    Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Originally released as a Travel Retail Exclusive. Eirigh Na Greine (pronounced ae-ree ne gray-nyuh, meaning ‘morning sky’ in Gaelic), a warm malt with complex layers of rich, fruity notes and smooth, embracing spices. Matured in the fine…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 100cl / 50%

    Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona Single Malt Scotch Whisky Originally released as a Travel Retail Exclusive. Cruach Mhona Meaning ‘Peat Stack’ in Scots Gaelic, Cruach Mhona [pronounced croo-ach vona], was one of the Distilleries first Travel Retail Exclusives and is the only Bunnahabhain Mòine (pea…

     
    £79.99 inc. VAT
  • Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old 2020 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 47.4%

    Robbie's Drams Whisky Merchants is an official Ardbeg Embassy. Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old 2020 Single Malt Scotch Whisky A brand new release joining the already excellent core range, matured in ex - Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks. Ardbeg Wee Beastie has been matured for just 5 years,making i…

     
    £39.00 inc. VAT
  • Old Particular Limited Edition Collection - The Spiritualist Series - Islay - Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 53.2%

    Old Particular Limited Edition Collection - The Spiritualist Series - Islay - Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A new limited edition collection from Douglas Laing within its renowned Old Particular Single Cask Scotch Whisky range. The “Spiritualist” Series is unveiled with the launch of Old Particula…

     
    £129.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    This is the ninth annual Loch Gorm Single Malt to be released by Kilchoman. Each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and gift carton.Kilchoman’s Loch Gorm releases are traditionally matured in ex Oloroso sherry casks from the renowned bodega,…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • XOP The Black Series - Caol Ila 1979 40yo Limited Edition Single Malt.

    Islay - 70cl / 51.2%

    XOP The Black Series - Caol Ila 1979 40yo Limited Edition Single Malt. Release VI A very rare Caol Ila 40yo is presented as Release 6 in the new super premium series from Douglas Laing. Each bottle contains an individual certificate, hand signed by Fred and Cara Laing. Distilled April 1979 and b…

     
    £1500.00 inc. VAT
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