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Islay

The region of whisky producers known for their strong peaty flavor

Islay malts are the weightiest, most pungent and most heavily peated and are therefore generally the easiest to identify. These malts take their characteristics both from the peat used to dry the barley and their closeness to the sea. These factors give them what is often described as a seaweedy, medicinal taste and a distinct peaty flavor.

Ardbeg AN OA

September 2017: Ardbeg introduces An Oa – it’s first new permanent expression in a decade. With a rounded flavor profile crafted to be more approachable than the bold smokiness of Ten Years Old, and a price point more accessible than Uigeadail, Ardbeg An Oa is the perfect new expression to introduce new consumers into Smoky Malt whisky.
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Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Distillers Edition

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011 Chairman's Trophy. Integrated aromas of dried fruit, wood smoke and toasted grains impress deeply; full-bodied, but elegant flavors include toasted marshmallow, cigar smoke and walnuts. APPEARANCE : Golden Treacle NOSE : Intense peat and vanilla. A raisin sweetness checks the smoke. Iodine-edged peat and crisp, roasty malt. Satisfying and enticing. BODY : Full and rich. PALATE : Sweet and luscious; a clear, grassy malt, then the peat attacks, smoke filling the mouth.
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Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Sanaig (750ml)

Sanaig, a small rocky inlet North West of the distillery is the name given to this continuously available release. Sanaig has a predominantly sherry cask influence owing to the significant time spent in oloroso sherry Hogsheads. These aged oloroso casks contribute a drastically transformed depth of colour and character compared to the mostly Bourbon cask matured Machir Bay. “A beautiful marriage of bourbon and sherry maturation balanced with classic Islay peat smoke and light citrus sweetness” Anthony Wills, Founder.
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Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Seasonal Vintage Release (750ml)

(92?) The malt was aged for three years in bourbon casks and matured in Oloroso sherry butts for five months. Presents old-fashioned aromas of peat smoke with slight medicinal undertones of dried fruit and iodine, the texture is rich and slightly oily. On the palate is a complex array of flavors: toffee, apple, caramel, golden raisin and hints of licorice root. The smoky and peaty components return on the long but clean finish.
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Bunnahabhain Scotch Single Malt Ceobanach (750ml)

The nose is intense and pungent, with hints of fragrant smoke and light tar, and creamy notes of sweet oak and seaweed. The initial taste is one of sweet maltiness, then a lovely balance of a tangy smokiness and vanilla notes, blending mellow and smooth. There are also hints of white pepper, bitter orange, liquorice and sea salt. The finish lingers, with flavours of oatcake and sea salt once more - with a peppery sweet smoke undertone.
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