Elements of Islay is a range of small-batch, independently bottled whiskies focusing on Islay whisky’s smoky, elemental character. The whiskies are presented in bespoke bottles as a nod to the notes found in so many of the island’s whiskies.
The core range comprises three permanent expressions: Cask Edit, Bourbon Cask, and Sherry Cask. These are complemented by limited edition single malt bottlings from individual Islay distilleries identified with periodic symbols and batch numbers.
The highly sought after single malts, identified by a distillery code and batch number, are bottled either as single cask whiskies or as small batches of 2-10 casks. Presented without added color or chill-filtration, each release is an expression of the natural, elemental spirit of Islay.
Elements of Islay Cask Edit
Elements of Islay Cask Edit is part of the new core range trilogy alongside Sherry Cask and Bourbon Cask. Cask Edit is a composition – or edit – of refill, Bourbon and Sherry casks and is bottled at 46% for the perfect balance of drinkability and personality.
Rich, smoky Single Malt from Islay’s South Coast marries together with a fresher, fruitier style from the North. Sip and savor, or experiment in cocktails
PALATE: Sweet, with mineral qualities. Vanilla smoke and wood spice permeate through freshly baked butter croissants and hot, milky coffee.
FINISH: The finish is lightly smoked and sweet, with gentle notes of fruit salad.
Elements of Islay Bourbon Cask
Elements of Islay Bourbon Cask is part of the new core range trilogy alongside Cask Edit and Sherry Cask. It is matured in first fill and refill Bourbon barrels and is bottled at a higher strength of 54.5% to fully showcase the whisky’s natural personality.
Classic rich barbecue smoke from a South Coast Islay distillery combines with more subtle, zesty flavors from the North Coast.
PALATE: A chocolate-dusted cappuccino, warm vanilla-custard brioche and maple-syrup-poached tangy fruits appear, along with a roaring peat fire. Butter icing on vanilla cupcakes follows next.
FINISH: Sweet, creamy vanilla with a hint of peat smoke.
Elements of Islay Sherry Cask
Elements of Islay Sherry Cask is part of the new core range trilogy alongside Cask Edit and Bourbon Cask. It is matured in first fill and refill Sherry butts and hogsheads and is bottled at a higher strength of 54.5% to fully showcase the whisky’s natural personality.
Islay Single Malt from a South Coast distillery brings flavors of dried fruits and dark chocolate, while a distillery on the North Coast contributes notes of lemon oil and Arbroath smoke.
NOSE: The lingering scent of tobacco remains in an empty sandalwood cigar box. Arbroath smoke sits alongside aromatic notes of lemon oil, ginger root, and a hint of menthol.
PALATE: Rich and unctuous. Dark-chocolate-dipped candied orange slices and chunks of crystalised stem ginger. Muscovado sugar syrup provides a sticky, dark drizzle over date-studded ginger cake. Sweet smoke and dried autumn fruits sit in the background.
FINISH: Treacle toffee and smoky black tea, sweetened by dark brown sugar. A long, sweet, rich, and spicy finish.
Elements of Islay Bn10
Bn10 is a marriage of three American Oak barrels from the Bunnahabhain distillery. Made in a rarer peated style, distilled in 2013, and aged for more than eight years. A dram full of decadent chocolate and pleasant fruit, rounded out by some brine and dense smoke.
732 bottles were produced for ImpEx Beverages as a US Exclusive Limited Edition Release.
NOSE: Plumes of bonfire smoke emanate from the glass. Spicy tobacco leaf follows, and is enhanced by notes of sandalwood and black tea.
PALKATE: Dark chocolate pieces with flakes of rock salt. Sweet barbecue sauce develops with char and Oak in the background, contrasted against orange oil, leather, and wood polish.
FINISH: Smoke and ash fades to leave honeyed black tea.
Elements of Islay Ln2
Ln2 comes from a distillery situated on the coast of Loch Indaal. Heavily peated to more than 50 ppm, this combines first-fill Bourbon-cask sweetness with rich peat.
216 bottles have been produced from a single barrel of 2009 distillate for ImpEx Beverages as a US Exclusive Limited Edition Release.
CORE FLAVOR: Milk chocolate, earthy peat smoke, and papaya
NOSE: Walking through a forest after it’s rained – petrichor, damp leaves, and earth. Hints of milk chocolate and ripe tropical fruits follow.
PALATE: Tropical fruits become more defined as creamy ripe papaya, ginger, and caramel offer sweetness and are countered by earthy smoke, layered with touches of menthol, white pepper, and char.
FINISH: The tingle of pepper and char fades allowing the tropical fruit to reappear with soft spice.