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 mystery single malt from "The Ileach" range which is the name they give to somebody who comes from Islay. Never call an Ileach Scottish!! as i found out to my cost whilst on Islay. A great value cask strength offering that Jim Murray rates 94/100, is it a young Lagavulin, is it Bowmore? part of the fun of these mystery malts is deciding for yourself.
A perennially popular whisky for peat-heads, Smokehead now brings out this High Voltage bottling. Made from Islay peated spirit, it's bottled at a mighty 58% ABV.
Distilled in 2001 on the Island of Islay at Buichladdich, this independent bottling of Port Charlotte was a small, 400-bottle batch released in 2007 after being aged for 5 years.
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.
The oldest bottling in the Port Askaig range by Specialty Drinks - the 45-year-old year old. The spirit was distilled in 1968 and filled into a selection of five sherry butts that were eventually married together for final 12 months. Astonishingly well-aged single malt from Islay.
A mystery peated single malt from an Islay distillery in the north that is more famous for producing non peated malt, Bunnahabhain then? A small batch 14 year old made up from just 11 barrels of 1st fill Ex-Bourbon origin and another great release under the Port Askaig brand.
Port Askaig 100° Proof is an Islay single malt, filled with a huge smoky character. The whisky is from an undisclosed distillery however, you can rely on this being some of the best young (about 7 years old) malt the Island has to offer.
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.
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 private cask bottling of Bruichladdich's super-peated Octomore single malt whisky. From Derek Mather's (of Artisan restaurant in Wishaw, near Glasgow) private and huge collection of Whiskies and especially all things Bruichladdich! This 9 year old single cask comes bottled at a whopping 61.8% ABV.
A 6 year old single malt whisky from Bruichladdich's super-peated Octomore variant, and released by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. This Islay whisky is bottled at 50.4% ABV. This is batch 1 with only 796 bottles released.
Malts of Scotland’s Peat is a blended malt made up of Islay single malts, the youngest of which is 10 years old. Bottled at 46% ABV, it's sure to delight peat heads!
First released in April 2017 for the travel retail market and this no age statement release crafted by master distiller John Campbell was matured in a combination of 1st Fill Bourbon and new European oak Hogsheads to honour all that went before him since the distillery was established in 1815.
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…
Laphroaig Lore is a non age statement replacement for the now discontinued 18 year old release and contains some of the most "precious stock" (to quote Laphroaig) that has been matured in a combination of first fill Sherry casks and quarter casks. It is actually a small batch produced mix of malt aged 7-21 years old and was voted "Best no age statement Scotch" in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019.
Port wood matured single malt from Laphroaig which was originally bottled for the travel retail market. The whisky initially soaked in ex-bourbon barrels before it was transferred for a finish in Ruby Port casks. A great example of the perfect balance between Laphroaigs unique peaty character alongside the delicious fruit notes.
Distilled in 1960, this 40 year old was an official bottle release for Oddbins first seen in 2000.The casks were matured in Warehouse #1 for 40 years with a mere 300 bottles of this Laphroaig 40 year old being made available and it remains the oldest official release of Laphroaig to date.
Released in 2009, this 18-year-old is a spectacular example of some of Islay's greatest single malts. A soft, sweet and spicy Islay peat smoke gives way to a wonderful oak-y sweetness. A faint hint of the sea can be detected, testimony to its...
One of the greatest Islay single malts is the Laphraoig 10 year old. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour. Its pungent, earthy and peaty with a sweet nutty palate.
First released in 2106 and now part of the core range, the Sanaig is named after another nearby beach to this small family owned and independent Islay distillery and a more Sherry cask influenced (70% Ex-Sherry/30% Ex-Bourbon casks @ 5-6 years old) release than the Machir Bay.
The ongoing core release from Islay's smallest and only independent distillery named after the beach a stones throw from this converted farmyard family distillery. Made up of 5-6 year old casks from 90% Ex-Bourbon and 10% Ex-Sherry from Port Ellen maltings of 50ppm.
This was released back in 2010, when Kilchoman was just a baby. It's 3 year old whisky that's been matured in bourbon casks, before having a period finished in Oloroso sherry casks. It's bottled at 46% ABV.
Moch (Gaelic for dawn) is a lighter whisky than Caol Ilas 12 year old expression. Citrus and fruity notes on the nose with a puff of peat. On the palate it is sweet with again those citrus fruits with a smokiness that is soft and heald back, quite pleasent as it still retains plenty of great flavour. International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 - Gold Medal - Scotch Single Malt…
Caol Ila's12 year old core offering from the largest distillery on Islay is an ever reliable medium peated malt and a great stepping stone to the trio of more heavily peated malts from the south of the island and displays classic green olive, sea salt and coastal/brine like peat smoke.