Islay Scotch Whisky

The southernmost island of the Southern Hebrides is characterised by malts that are pungent with peat, smoke and salinity, revealing their complexity layer after layer. There are eight working distilleries on Islay: Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Kilchoman, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich, Bowmore and Ardbeg.

Islay Festival, or Feis Ile, is an annual week of malt and music shenanigans that takes place on Islay every end of May. Perhaps the highlight of the Islay Festival is that most distilleries craft a limited edition cask especially for the festival.

Even the island’s name is shrouded in complexity; the proper pronunciation of Islay is ‘eye-la’.

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The people of Islay will share a bottle of Whisky over a graveside at a funeral, orating stories of the deceased until the last drop has been sipped.

Oh, and imagine this: until the 1970s, it was normal for either newly distilled spirit or casks bottled to be tried by distillery staff five times a day.

There are eight working distilleries on Islay. Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.

If you’re talkin’ Scotch, you’re talkin’ history — and that goes for the barrels used in its production. Scotch Whisky is never aged in new barrels. Typically, it’s Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks that are up for the tasks, with the occasional Wine or Port barrel for a smooth finish.
Has the largest number of distilleries
Effectively, all the areas surrounding the Speyside region
Unrecognised sub-region of Highlands
Scotch Whisky Regions
Located south of the imaginary line between Glasgow & Edinburgh
A small, rugged island off the west coast of the mainland
Area around the town on the Kintyre peninsula
Scotch Whisky Regions
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All Islay Scotch Whisky

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Laphroaig Select
Bowmore 18 Year Old
Bowmore 12 Year Old
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Kilchoman 100% Islay
Kilchoman Sanaig
Ardbeg An Oa