Hamish's Islay Peated Picks
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Known the world over for its impressive taste, Lagavulin was founded in 1816 by local Islay farmer John Johnstone. It made drinking peated whisky popular around the globe, as the expression is a more approachable Islay smoke bomb. The burning peat notes are cut with lovely wee flavours of dry oak, ground coffee and fruity sweetness.
Bowmore 15 Year Old
Hailing from Bowmore distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal, this 15-year-old core expression is matured in a combination of both bourbon and sherry casks, with its final three years spent slumbering in Oloroso sherry casks. The especially rich single malt boasts flavours of treacle toffee and cinders.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
This dram from the iconic and divisive Laphroiag is aged in smaller casks for more contact with the liquid. A full bodied yet smooth and peaty dram, it is double maturated in two barrels made of American oak, then transferred to quarter casks and left to rest in the warehouse just a wee bit away from the Atlantic ocean. Expect massive peaty notes, alongside sea spray and gentle sweetness.
Kilchoman Machir Bay
Named after the breath-taking sands of Machir bay, which is located just 2 kilometres from the Kilchoman distillery, this dram is matured in a mixture of both bourbon and sherry barrels. With classic flavours of Islay peat that you would expect, and also surprising hints of floral notes which gives the whisky a unique flavour.
This fan-favourite single malt takes its name from the brooding loch that provides the water for Ardbeg. This expression has a sherry cask influence providing deeper flavours of sweet and spicy dark fruits and exotic spices. The nose is like being on the ferry to Islay.
The Loch Fyne Islay 9 Year Old #860
Our very own take on Islay, this whisky has been bottled from a single cask in our unique and exceptional cask collection. Although we cannot disclose the distillery name, we can assure you that this dram encapsulates all that Islay is famed for. Expect sweet peat smoke and exotic spices on the nose, with gentle smoke and floral haze on the palate.
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