Islay whiskies are known for their peatiness, although not all the distilleries on the island produce this style - Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain have little or no peat in their standard expressions and Caol Ila produce an unpeated batch every year, while even the famously smoky Ardbeg has an unpeated expression, Blasda. Read More »
Laphroaig 10yo is a full-bodied, smoky gem, with a residual sweetness and a hint of salt amidst the seaweedy, peaty characters before a long warming finish. A classic dram. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
A giant leap forward for Bunnahabhain 12yo, this edition was launched in summer 2010 with a jump in strength to 46.3% and a declaration of no chill-filtration and no added colouring. Enormous credit goes to Burn Stewart for giving punters what they want without jacking up the price too much and we earnestly hope that this will be a massive success. Bravo!
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Islay Single Malt 12yo and Under
Bowmore's Small Batch Reserve is matured in first and second fill ex bourbon casks, resulting in a sweet, spicy and smoky whisky. This is a lighter example of Bowmore and an excellent starting point for Islay whiskies.
A vibrant young Laphroaig whose maturation has been speeded up by ageing in Quarter Casks. This shows soft sweetness and a velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig comes bursting through. A really terrific whisky and great value.
Ahh, the sting of seaspray, the tarry rope, the spice, the kippers for breakfast, the comforting reek of peat! Ignore all the hype and treat yourself to three of Diageo's finest - perfect hipflask fuel for a walk down the shore.
A fourth release of whisky from Cl in the Elements range, a big and punchy display from this underrated distillery. Clean, crisp and very assertive at full strength with a big peaty punch, but mellows and gets very briney with water.
The third release of Kilchoman's ongoing Machir Bay whisky, bottled in early 2014. It's a vatting of five and six year old whisky matured in first fill bourbon casks, married and then finished in Oloroso sherry butts for four weeks before bottling.
For peat-lovers, Ardbeg 10yo is probably the highest-quality 'entry-level' single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours.
A mystery Islay single malt bottled at a hefty 58% by Finlaggan's owners the Vintage Malt Whisky Co. We don't know what this is, but we have our suspicions and there's no mystery about what a bargain this is.
The second release from the Islay distillery codenamed "Bn". Although Bn is best known for very low or unpeated malt, this bottling is smoky and complex with an oily texture and packs quite a punch at full strength.
Taking its name from the Gaelic for ‘dawn’, Moch is a wonderful newcomer from Caol Ila and is a must-try for fans of this outstanding distillery. Lighter in style than the standard 12yo expression, Moch is a fantastic easy-drinking dram.
Bruichladdich's Islay Barley is a 2007 vintage whisky made from barley harvested in 2006 at Rockside Farm on Islay. This is trickle distilled in the Bruichladdich style, to keep as much of the delicate flavours of the whisky as possible.
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley is made from 100% Scottish-grown barley, peated to 40ppm which is then trickle distilled and combined with pure Islay spring water prior to bottling. An elegant, floral and peaty whisky.
The fresh young addition to the family, Port Askaig 12 year old was introduced at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2012 and is a delightfully vibrant, sooty, salty seaside dram perfect for autumn and winter hipflasks.
A 2001 vintage Bowmore released by Signatory as part of their Un-Chillfiltered Collection. Distilled on September 25, it was aged for 12 years in a refill sherry butt before being bottled on April 14 2014.
A great gift pack from Ardbeg, bringing together their best-selling 10 year old whisky with a mini of the fan favourite Uigeadail, a mix of both bourbon and sherry casks much loved by most peat heads. This is limited to 2 packs per customer