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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 Galileo

In the headlong rush of science, in the late autumn of 2011, a rocket ship blasted off this earth at 25,000 mph. Deep within the cargo area of the ship was no ordinary cargo. For the spaceship carried with it a bottle of precious Ardbeg crafted molecules - the beginning of a fascinating first: a research experiment by the chaps at Ardbeg...in space! This was the most audacious adventure ever undertaken the the distillery (or any other whisky distillery, for that matter).
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Laphroaig Cairdeas

Released at the Feis Ile 2012, Laphroaig Cairdeas  was bottled to celebrate 18 years of the Friends Of Laphroaig programme. Combining the original liquid used to first create Cairdeas along with newer Laphroaig spirit that has been fully matured in quarter casks.
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Kilchoman Machir Bay Single Malt Scotch

The first general release from Kilchoman, Machir Bay is named after the prettiest beach on Islay. It is a combination of three, four and five year old whiskeys aged in bourbon and refill sherry casks. Distillers Tasting notes Peated to 50ppm, aromas of peat and vanilla biscuit are quickly followed by black pepper, kelp and brine. This whiskey drinks beyond its years and offers a balanced but rich mouth feel that features citrus fruit and peat. Machir Bay ends with the quintessential medicinal Islay finish which is nicely augmented by honeyed nuts and sweet spices.
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Bruichladdich Octomore 8.3 Scottish Barley

This is the second Octomore release from Bruichladdich, produced at a staggering phenol level of 140ppm.  Thier uniquely slow trickle-distillation and elegant stills bring a whole new dimension to peated whisky – all the heady, peat smoke aromas with an elegance and creamy texture that belie its age. On the basis of the sucess of Octomore 2.2: massive peat + bruichladdich elegance = an awesome spirit, The team at Bruichladich felt they had no choice but to dial up the already titanic peating of their original malted barley to create another whisky benchmark.
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Samaroli Bunnahabhain 1990

Distilled: 1990. Bottled: 2011 Cask# 976. 45% ABV 276 Bottles. Bottlers Tasting notes: Very penetrating refined bouquet. Impetuous but at the same time clear. Mature but lively. Hard and also smooth, clean and at the same time ample. Has great character.As deep as the oceanPowerful - doesn’t pass unnoticed.
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