- Malt Whiskies - Islay
island of Islay - pronounced "EYELAH” a place of wild nature
with few people and few roads, few trees and an expanse of
rolling, browny-green fields, broken with stone walls, dotted with
peat bogs and laced with fast-running streams. With the distilleries
caressed with sea spray when a storm builds up, a unique atmosphere
impregnated with the tang of salt and peat gives these malts a very
Connoisseurs Choice 1978 40%
perched on the southern edge of the Island of Islay, the original
distillery was run by a notorious band of smugglers. The malt has
a slightly medicinal nose with fruity, flowery undertones, peaty
palate and mouth warming finish. Ideal after-dinner drink..
Legend No age statement 40%
by the Japanese-owned Morrison Bowmore Company in what is said to
be the oldest distillery on the island. Light amber in colour with
golden highlights and a touch of green. It has a full pungent nose,
a touch perfumed with a hint of phenol. The flavour is dry with
an edge of richness, perfumed and quite pungent with a long gently
10 year old 40%
most westerly distillery's exposure to the harsh climatic effects
of Atlantic storms and salty north winds perhaps accounts for its
crisp clean, full bodied nature. Pale gold with only a hint of peat.
Seaweed notes with a complex Islay finish and a lingering sweetness.
12 Year Old 40%
the Gaelic for “mouth of the river” so called from the distillery’s
position at the mouth of the River Margadale. Straw colour with
golden highlight and a rich, delicately peated nose with an underlying
sweetness. The flavour betrays very little of Islay’s usual heavier
characteristics, is slightly sweet with a hint of nuttiness and
long, spicy finish warm with sweet oak but finally dry.
ILA Connoisseurs Choice 1984 40%
ila "means Sound of Islay in Gaelic and this is where the distillery
is spectacularly situated. The whisky has the characteristic Islay
peatiness but is not heavy. Pronounced 'Kaol-Eela'. Light golden
in colour, with slight sweetness on the nose. Initial explosion
of sweetness, followed by smokiness on the palate, and a lasting
16 Years Old 43%
deep amber colour with rich gold highlights the pungent, burnt heather
nose with its full bodied peatiness warns you of the big, peaty
taste to follow. Dry, very smooth and powerfully complex the finish
is very long and smoky with almost a burnt character.