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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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  • Kilchoman 100% Islay 2021 - 11th - Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Kilchoman 100% Islay 2021 - 11th - Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2021 marks the arrival of the 11th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. This release is the marriage of the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 barley harvests, when the distillery have harvested two different barley varieties: publican and optic…

     
    £71.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2013 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2013 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This heavily peated Port Charlotte is from from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, 2013 -vintage Port Charlotte was distilled entirely from grain grown on the island. The barley was harvested from seven farms in 2012. …

     
    £65.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2011 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2011 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.Barley from Quoyberstane, Muddisdale, Weyland and Watersfield, Northfield and Wetermill Fields, Orkney. Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making. Distill…

     
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  • Double Barrel Islay and Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

    Blended Malt - 70cl / 46%

    Double Barrel Islay and Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Double Barrel is a marriage of two very different Single Malts, skilfully selected and carefully combined to create a beautiful balance of very different flavours. Every sip brings you a thrilling combination of polar opposites: sweetness…

     
    £41.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PAC: 01 2011 Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 56.1%

    Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PAC: 01 2011 Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Released as part of the Cask Exploration series, this Port Charlotte PAC: 01 is one of the most unusual expressions released. The Port Charlotte PAC:01 2011 demonstrates the versatility of this soft, barbeque …

     
    £89.99 inc. VAT
  • Lagavulin 2020 Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Batch No lgv. 4/509

    Islay - 70cl / 43%

    Image For Illustration Purposes Only! Lagavulin 2020 Distillers Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky The "Distillers Edition" whiskies in Diageo's Classic Malts range always undergo a double-maturation. This one has spent time in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Richly flavoured with intense layers of rai…

     
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  • Caol Ila 8 Year Old - 2012 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Provenance Bottling

    Islay - 70cl / 46%

    Caol Ila 8 Year Old - 2012 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky | Provenance Bottling A single cask Caol Ila distilled May 2012 and bottled September 2020. Non-Chill filtered and bottled at 46% alc./vol. #DL14396 797 Bottles. Nose: Polished oak floors initially developing to seaweed, juicy berries and c…

     
    £54.99 inc. VAT
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