We have a wide selection of Malt Whisky from all over Scotland including a host from Islay’s seven distillery’s.
Islay being on the west coast of Scotland is drizzled by salt spray by the winter gales, this soaks into the peat which covers most of the island, it is this peat that flavours the water that makes the whisky of Islay and gives it it’s unique characteristics.
The southern distilleries on the island Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin are the most powerful tasting, producing medium-bodied whiskies, saturated with peat-smoke, brine and iodine. Not only do these distilleries use heavily peated malt, they use the island’s peat water for every stage of production.
The northern Islay distilleries Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain are, by contrast much milder. These draw their water direct from the spring, before it has had contact with peat, and use lightly or un-peated barley. The resulting whisky is lighter flavoured, mossy (rather than peaty), with some seaweed, some nuts, but still the dry finish.
The Bowmore distillery, on the shore of Loch Indaal is in the middle of the island produces a whiskey in between the two extremes, peaty with some floral scents.
Advice from our friendly staff and tasting guides will help you find the Malt Whisky for you.