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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 / 43.5%
Pre - Order Only! Shipping Week Commencing 2nd August 2021 XOP The Black Series - Bunnahabhain Vintage 1990 30yo Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky. Distilled November 1990 and bottled April 2021. Cask# DL 14861 One Refill Hogshead deeming only 291 individually numbered bottles. Natur…
Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Fable - Chapter 1 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay
Islay - 70cl / 57.5%
Caol Ila 12 Year Old - Fable - Chapter 1 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay. The Fable brand is founded on storytelling. The first release tells the story of ‘The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay’ Each label has different illustrations highlighting characters and scenes …
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…
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 …
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Strictly One Bottle Per Person/Order! Ardbeg - Scorch - 2021 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky Limited Edition. Once upon a time… A terrifying Flavour Breathing Dragon settled in Warehouse 3! Until…Shortie stood up to defend Ardbeg and compelled the beast to create Fiercely Charred Whisky Casks! …
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…
Blended Malt - 70cl / 58.3%
Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Re - Charred and Refill Hogsheads - The Red Lion - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie
Islay - 70cl / 46%
Caol Ila 9 Year Old - Re - Charred and Refill Hogsheads - The Red Lion - Single Malt Scotch Whisky - James Eadie - Small Batch. Wood: Re - Charred and Refill HogsheadsCask 303558, 303559 & 312141Distilled : 2011Bottled: 202146% vol. Nose: Sweet, fresh and lightly salted, with toasted bread and f…