One of the most popular malts in the Connoisseur's Choice range is Caol IIa, enjoyed for its Islay character. It is a lively whisky, peaty and full in flavour, without being as intense as its more famous counterparts. Its availability is limited, and with a name that is difficult to pronounce, Caol Ila has remained an almost secret Islay malt. The name - pronounced 'culleela'is gaelic for 'Sound of Islay'. The distillery is appropriately hidden in a cove near Port Askaig, overlooking the Sound of Islay, across which the ferry chugs to the nearby island of Jura.
AROMA without water Sweet and smoky notes - sweet cured ham. Some subtle tar notes linger with a hint of Sherry.
TASTE without water Initially mouth warming with a peppery edge. Some Sherry and rich dark chocolate influences are present. A vanilla note emerges and lingers.
AROMA with water Sherry influences initially with a hint of sweet cured ham and some light ash notes. Tropical fruits emerges - kiwi and pineapple.
TASTE with water A subtle peppery edge, more balanced with a subtle hint of ash and smoke. A dark chocolate note emerges.
Bunnahabhain 12 years old 46.3% 70cl
The nose of this golden dram offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness. The finish is worth
Ardbeg 10 years old 46% 70cl
Ardbeg Ten Years Old single malt whisky is a very special bottling for the Ardbeg distillery as it is the first non-chill filtered whisky in the Ardbeg range. Chill filtering isn`t a bad thing, in fact it created real consistency of product when the wh...
Lagavulin 16 years old 43% 70cl
Lagavulin 16 Year Old Malt is a powerful, peat-smoke nose with seaweed and some sweetness, salty and sweet flavours with hints of wood and a long peaty-salt finish.
The rich, peaty water used to make Lagavulin 16 Year Old Malt, runs down to the...
Caol Ila 12 years old 43% 70cl
Caol ila pronounced "cull eela" meaning sound of Islay. This 12 years old is peaty but not as pungent as some of its neighbours, yet remarkably fresh tasting. Finishing with smoky spiciness.
Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2% 70cl
Ardbeg Uigeadail (pronounced Oog-adal) takes its name from the brooding, mysterious loch which provides the peat-laden water for Ardbeg. It is a special vatting of the 1993 Ardbeg matured in bourbon barrels and many older sherry casks. The
Port Askaig 8 years old 45.8% 70cl
A delicious 8 year old single malt from Islay, Called Port Askaig after the local harbour of the same name. Probably produced at the island's largest distillery with sweet fruit and bonfire on the beach.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask 48% 70cl
Laphroaig Quarter Cask takes its inspiration from the small casks often used for Scotch Whisky in the 19th century and frequently transported across the Glens by packhorse.
As the industry grew, they fell into disuse and bigger and more ...
Ileach Peated Islay Malt 40% 70cl
Ileach is a lovely young, Islay whisky sourced from one of the islands distilleries, but they won't tell you which one. Robust and strong flavours of smoke and a touch of sherry, a great dram which has received rave reviews from whisky critics
Bowmore No.1 Malt 40% 70cl
This is a new Whisky from Isle of Islay Distillery Bowmore. No.1 refers to the vaults where the malt is aged and this expression has been aged in First Fill Bourbon casks which gives sweet vanilla spice and cinnamom to this peaty malt.
Lagavulin 2001 Distillers edition 43% 70cl
This Distillers release from the Lagavulin Lagavulin distillery has been finish in Pedro Ximenez wine casks.This give sweet notes to the smoky peaty flavour that is Lagavulin. Each bottle carries the unique batch number . Distilled 2001 bottl...