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’.
A small, rugged island off the west coast of the mainland. The southernmost island of the Southern Hebrides. Islay is also one of the Scottish Whisky regions that produce a very distinctive style of Scotch.
What is the main characteristic of Islay Scotch Whisky?
Islay Whiskies have the most distinct flavor characteristics of all Scottish Whisky regions with smoky, peaty and salty notes embedded in their DNA.
How is peat used in making Whisky?
Barley grain, or damp malt, is exposed to the smoke of a peat fire in order to arrest germination; a crucial part of Whisky production. Peat smoke produces chemicals called phenols and these are absorbed by malted barley.
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.
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