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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Smokehead Sherry Bomb Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 48%

    Smokehead Sherry Bomb Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Smokehead Sherry Bomb is a recently released version of the ever popular Smokehead Single Malt. Peaty, moody, fierce and fruity with a spicy smooth finish.        

     
    £64.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 Single Vintage Expression Single estate Organic Single Malt. Mid Coul Farms, Dalcross. The very first barley exploration experiment was in 2003 with organically grown barley. The organic movement was in its infancy and viewed with scepticism but the idea of barley gr…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Islay - 70cl / 50%

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010Barley from Weyland and Watersfield, Quoyberstane, Northfield & Richmond Villa Farms Bere Barley is a six-row heritage variety that has long since been forgotten from the modern world of standardised whisky making. Distilled in 2010 at Bruichladdich on the Isle of Isl…

     
    £69.99 inc. VAT
  • Kilchoman 2010 Vintage Release - 9 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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…

     
    £72.99 inc. VAT
  • Bruichladdich Octomore Edition: 10.3/ 114 PPM - 6 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    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 …

     
    £169.00 inc. VAT
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