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Islay Whiskies

Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebridean islands, which sit in the North Atlantic Ocean just off the west coast of Scotland. Islay is arguably Scotland's most famous whisky-producing region and is definitely its most polarizing: Islay malts are famous for being the most full-flavored of Scottish whiskies, identified by their earthy, smoky, peaty flavors, often with distinguishing hints of iodine and tar.

A typical white-washed Islay distillery

Islay holds the nickname 'Queen of the Hebrides', and is a rocky, heather-covered island of around 250 square miles (600 sq km). Like its northern neighbor Jura, Islay is home to ancient peat moss bogs which give the island's whiskies their distinctive flavor. Peat, a fossil fuel formed from decayed organic matter, is burned to stimulate the malting process so vital to whisky production. It is used widely throughout Scotland in the production of whisky, but Islay's coastal location means that the peat here has more seaweed and moss than the more woody peats of the mainland. Its distinctive salty, smoky aroma is absorbed by the malt and carries through into the final product.

The water used for distillation on Islay comes from the island's many streams and other watercourses and is characteristically soft, mineral rich and brown in color. Peat in the ground lends a peaty note to the water, which also affects the flavor of the whisky. Some Islay producers will also take water from the springs, where there is less peat influence.

Another important consideration for whisky-making is climate, and Islay's exposed location on the edge of the Atlantic (where temperatures are moderated by the warm oceanic Gulf Stream) makes an excellent environment for distillation and maturation. Strong ocean winds bring briny sea-salt characters to the whisky, and the cool, damp air and lack of seasonal variation make for a long, slow maturation process.

Islay had a thriving illegal whisky trade in the 18th Century, and it has been suggested that no excise men visited the island during this time because of their fear of the barbaric locals. Historically, Islay has had as many as 23 distilleries, but today there are fewer than 10. The best-known Islay malt whiskies are Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

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We found 647 wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
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Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $78 806
Ardbeg Galileo Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $206 852
Laphroaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $104 1161
Ardbeg Uigeadail Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $82 1417
Ardbeg Supernova Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $325 1509
Lagavulin 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $977 1595
Ardbeg Ardbog Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $147 1651
Lagavulin Distillers Edition Double Matured Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $102 1665
Lagavulin Cask Strength 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $109 1771
Laphroaig Cairdeas Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $92 1984
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $52 2231
Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $89 2441
Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $273 2987
Laphroaig 30 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland N/A $1,144 3243
Laphroaig 25 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland N/A $472 3372
Ardbeg Ten Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $57 3449
Ardbeg Alligator Rare Limited Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $253 3515
Laphroaig 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland N/A $164 4289
Bruichladdich The Botanist Dry Gin, Islay, Scotland Gin $40 4433
Bowmore 'The Devil's Casks' Small Batch Release Sherry Cask 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $173 4776
Ardbeg Day Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $359 5079
Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $109 5709
Caol Ila 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $107 5754
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $73 5762
Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland Whisky - Single Malt $100 5921
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