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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 / 56.8%
Here we are Peat Heads the latest arrival of Octomore. Knives and forks at the ready! In this third edition of ten year old, the unique texture of Octomore is lifted further by taking a different maturation path than its decade old predecessors, this third edition engages perfectly with the phenol…
Islay - 70cl / 53.9%
New Arrival from our friends in Glasgow, this Dram is a real Wows-er! Distilled in September 1980 and bottled in September 2018 a bottling charged from one refill Hogshead. One of only 177 bottles. Nose: Sweetly smoked barley alongside streaky bacon, golden syrup, caramel and salty seaweed. Pa…
Islay - 70cl / 62.9%
This is the most recent edition of the now famous Octomore Range. Distilled from 100% Islay grown Concerto barley, harvested in 2011 from Irene’s Field, Octomore Farm and distilled in 2012. Matured entirely on Islay in a combination of ex American whiskey and French wine casks. Five aged years …
Islay - 70cl / 58%
Hits the mouth like a left hook then a right hook, exploding with a dynamite peaty effect! Smokehead High Voltage is a recently released cask strength version of the ever popular Smokehead single Malt. Deeply rich and intensely peaty with a rush of black smoke,creamy nutty notes and a tangy sea sa…
Islay - 70cl / 59.1%
This is the thirteenth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery A batch made once a year, with unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill and rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts. Bottled at 59.1% abv with limited availability wo…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Ardbeg Grooves 2018 Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky In celebration of Ardbeg Day 2018. Inspired by the alternative lifestyle and unorthodox spirit of a previous generation.This unconventional whisky is produced using wine casks which have been intensely charred to produce heavy grooves i…
Islay - 70cl / 46%
This is the seventh 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 and this latest edition…
Islay - 70cl / 53.3%
Hunter Laing’s Old & Rare Caol ILa 25 Year Old 1991. This rare bottle is from Hunter Laing & Co and presented as part of their Platinum Old & Rare Selection. Distilled in March 1991 and bottled January 2017 Only 276 bottles bottles filled from a Refill Hogshead. Tasting Notes A light gol…