The island of Islay (pronounced eye-la) lies in the southern Inner Hebridean isles of Scotland and boasts 8 producing single malt distilleries: (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Kilchoman) and one closed (Port Ellen). Islay is home to some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland, and while the majority produce a heavily peated and pungently smoky whisky, there are excellent un-peated styles made here too.
The distinctive smoky aroma and flavour is imparted by the drying of barley over smouldering peat fires, with this character diminishing and softening with time in the cask. Islay whiskies are connected strongly to where they are made, and a visit to the island is among one of the best whisky experiences available in the world.
The Whiskies of Islay — Elements of Islay
PEAT (Full Proof) 59.3% 500ml
New to the shelves from the Elements of Islay range, PEAT is a blended malt, consisting of a combination of 60 casks from a spattering of distilleries around the north and south of Islay. Invigorating punchy peat smoke to the fore is complimented with a salty seaweed character and plenty of fresh fruit (lemon, lime and grapefruit).On the palate,...
PEAT (Pure Islay) 45% 500ml
PEAT Pure Islay is the accomplice to the PEAT full proof, swapping its high batch strength for a more friendly 45%. It was created using single malt whisky from a handful of distilleries across northern and southern Islay. Aromas of thick cut bacon being cooked over smouldering coals on the beach. Hickory smoke to the fore on the palate with hin...
Elements of Islay 'I Love Peat' Tasting Pack 5 x 30ml
Volume: 5 x 30ml
This new limited edition gift pack comes from the Elements of Islay series, containing a dram each of their famous small-batch, single malt releases from Caol Ila, Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain (peated) and Port Charlotte (peated Bruichladdich), as well as the PEAT blended malt. A perfect gift idea for a lover of Islay's famously peaty, smoky whiskies.
Oc5 - Elements of Islay 59.8% 500ml
Islay's famously highly-peated spirit produced at the Bruichladdich distillery is named Octomore, and this bottling from the Elements of Islay has come from just a single cask filled with this spirit in 2011. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 59.8%, the aroma is layered and complex, going between striking peat smoke, malty cereal and plenty ...
Pl5 - Elements of Islay 63.1% 500ml
From Bruichladdich distillery on the southwestern tip of Islay, this whisky is a vatting of whisky from a refill hogshead and a first-fill barrel. Bottled at 63.1% this whisky has notes of dirty smoke, sweet peat and vanilla.
Ma3 - Elements of Islay 55.2% 500ml
This release from the Elements of Islay range is from Bunnahabhain distillery and was distilled in 2004 and bottled at 55.2%. Burnt toast notes can be found on the nose, with buttered crumpets, banana and pineapple. The palate has a creaminess to it, with orange peel and macadamia nuts to start. The body of the palate has big peat notes, with go...
Pl6 - Elements of Islay 55.3% 500ml
From Bruichladdich distillery, this release has been maturing in three bourbon barrels from 2011 and has been bottled at 55.3%. The nose offers notes of burnt grass, camphor, malt loaf and peaches. The palate is oily and briny, with smoked ham, sherry, almond oil and green olives. Warming Christmas spices are found towards the end of the palate....
Lg10 - Elements of Islay 57.4% 500ml
The latest bottling from the Elements of Islay 'Lg' series has arrived, hailing from the Lagavulin distillery on the southern coast of Islay. Selected from just 3 ex-bourbon barrels that have matured since 2007, this is a wonderful example of Lagavulin's pineapple and maritime peat flavours. Sweet and succulent stewed apples, vanilla and caramel...
Oc6 - Elements of Islay 58.1% 500ml
Distilled from ultra heavily peated barley at the Bruichladdich distillery, this new small batch of ex-bourbon barrels was matured for over 8 years before being bottled at its natural strength of 58.1% by the fine folk at Elixir Distillers. On the nose this whisky starts with spicy peat smoke, burnt matches and orange peel. Sweet notes of tinned...