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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 / 48%
Kilchoman 2010 Vintage Release - 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, have released their new single vintage 9 year old single malt, the most mature expression to be released by the Islay distillery since its establishment in 2005.The Limited Edition 2010 Vinta…
Islay - 70cl / 61.3%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range, aged for 6 years in ex-American oak. Distilled in 2013, using 100% Scottish barley from the 2012 harvest of farmer James Brown. 61.3% ABV and 114 ppm. Tasting Notes Colour : Pale Straw. Character : Marine freshness, Islay air and …
Islay - 70cl / 53.8%
Ardbeg Supernova 2019. Returning for a very short period we are delighted to present this year's limited edition. A hugely peated Ardbeg of cosmic proportions! Ardbeg Supernova 2019 is non chill-filtered and bottled at 53.8% ABV. Nose: Clouds of pungent aniseed, menthol and eucalyptus are undersc…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
2019 marks the arrival of the 9th Edition Kilchoman 100% Islay. Kilchoman’s 9th Edition 100% Islay was distilled from 2007 and 2009 barley harvests before being matured in ex-bourbon barrels for over 9 years. After 9 years of maturation Kilchoman founder, Anthony Wills, selected 43 ex-bourbon ba…
Caol Ila 8 Year Old -2010 -Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Douglas Laing - Old Particular- The Elements Collection - Release 3 - Earth Edition
Islay - 70cl / 58.5%
We are delighted to help launch a new series of Old Particular Single Cask Limited Edition bottlings for 2019, inspired by the four Elements of Fire, Air, Earth and Water. The third release is a Caol Ila 8 year old bottled at 58.5% ABV representing the element earth. All the Old Particular Elements…
Islay - 70cl / 48.4%
A Douglas Laing Company first! Octomore 8 Year Old Distilled 2011 and bottled May 2019. Only 330 bottles worldwide. Charged from a Refill Barrel and bottled at 48.4% abv. Refill Barrel - DL13327. Tasting Notes: Nose : A maritime quality with dried seaweed, then a sweet smokiness. Flavour : An…
Islay - 70cl / 50%
STR Cask Matured or in plain English : Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred Red Wine Casks. Anthony Wills selected 43 casks filled in 2012 and bottled at 50% abv for this latest barrier pushing project. The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the fl…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 48%
Introducing Big Peat “Feis Ile 2019 Edition ” A limited edition bottling of Douglas Laing's Big Peat Vatted Malt, made exclusively with malt whiskies from the Isle of Islay. We are smokily delighted to introduce Big Peat's 2019 Feis Ile Edition, commemorating Islay's annual Malt and Music fe…