Whiskies from the Island of Islay make up for some of the best single malts in the world. Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Bowmore can be seen to be the most famous in many markets, whilst Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich are also producing the best peated whiskies out there. Kilchoman is the newest distillery which sits unique by being farm based. The Closed distillery on the island is Port Ellen, although their maltings is still active by supplying to others on Islay.
A lower strength release of Elements of Islays Peat expression. "Pure Islay" is bottled at 45% ABV, great if your just getting started with these peaty whiskies.
An Islay single malt whisky from an undisclosed distillery on the north-east coast of the Island, independently bottled by Morrison & Mackay. Notes of citrus, sea breeze and salted caramel.
This interesting release from the Laphroaig distillery is made up of whiksy selected from various cask types, inluding white American oak, first fill bourbon casks, Oloroso Sherry butts, Pedro Ximenez seasoned hogsheads and Quarter casks. Quite a mixture. A slightly less peaty punch in this one, letting the fruiter notes come forward. lovely chocolate-y sweet notes from this, w…
A blend of Islay malts taken from many areas of the Island. Peat is presented at high strength and bottled by Speciality Drinks for the Elements of Islay range.
A light, elegant and well-balanced Islay malt, Bowmore Small Batch. The whisky is matured in both first and second fill bourbon casks before being bottled at a smooth 40% ABV. By smooth, we mean it really is, plenty of soft fruits, green apples, gentle Bowmore peat smoke and a lick of vanilla. A great start to explore Bowmores peated whiskies.
A relatively new release for Bunnahabhain, and one that currently sits alongside the 12 year old, although could become its replacement. Its made up of a variety of 1st and 2nd fill sherry casks, each of which vary in age.
An interesting and youthful teaspooned Islay blended malt, where one distillerys whisky is blended with a drop of another spirit, this was released as part of Carn Mors Strictly Limited range. For this release, the whisky was matured for 6 years in a refill sherry butt.
Independent bottler Doulgas Laings Provenance range offers up more interesting younger whiskies, such as this 8 year old gem from Islay distillery Bunnahabhain, which has spent its time in a hogshead cask.
8-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from the Port Askaig range by Specialty Drinks. Originating from an undisclosed distillery on the Island of Islay, it offers up notes of citrus, liquorice and intense peat.