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Islay Whisky Scotland

Ardbeg Whisky Islay Scotland
Ardbeg Whisky

 

Bowmore Whisky Islay Scotland
Bowmore Whisky

Bunnahabhain Whisky Islay Scotland
Bunnahabhain Whisky

Bruichladdich Whisky Islay Scotland
Bruichladdich Whisky

Caol Ila Whisky Islay Scotland
Caol Ila Whisky

Laphroaig Whisky Islay Scotland
Laphroaig Whisky

Lagavulin Whisky Islay Scotland
Lagavulin Whisky

Islay whisky is Scotch whisky made on Islay, the southernmost of the Inner Hebridean Islands located off the west coast of Scotland. The whiskies of the distilleries along the southeastern coast of the island, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg, have a smoky character derived from peat, considered a central characteristic of the Islay malts, and ascribed both to the water from which the whisky is made and to the peating levels of the barley. Many describe this as a “medicinal” flavour. They also possess notes of iodine, seaweed and salt. Caol Ila, on the northern side of the island, across from Jura, produces a strongly peated whisky as well. The other distilleries on the island make whisky in a variety of styles. Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich make much lighter whiskies which are generally lightly peated, though Bruichladdich also produces several heavily peated products. Bowmore produces a whisky which is well balanced, using a medium strong peating level and also using sherry-cask maturation. The newest distillery, Kilchoman, in location it is unlike the other seven distilleries, which are all by the sea.

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