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, containing a dram each of their famous small-batch, single malt releases from Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Octomore and Caol Ila, as well as the PEAT blended malt. A perfect gift idea for a lover of Islay's famously peaty 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 ...
Bn7 - Elements of Islay 54.7% 500ml
From Bunnahabhain distillery, this 16 year old whisky has been maturing in two oloroso sherry butts. This is a brilliant example of the unpeated distillery style, distinctly chocolatey, spiced and nutty. Notes of caramel, walnuts and sultanas, like a rich fruitcake lead the aroma, with a thick and creamy texture on the palate. Milk chocolate swe...
Cl11 - Elements of Islay 55.4% 500ml
Distilled in 2008, this whisky from Caol Ila distillery. For the last 18 months this whisky has been matured in two sherry butts from a solera. This has given the whisky a dustiness which contrast with spicy notes. There is also the traditional notes from Caol Ila of salt and brine.
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.