Believe it or not, today is International Whisky Day. And since The Island Review's editors are all fans of a single malt or two, we thought we'd take the opportunity to offer a few links relating to our favourite whisky-making location: Islay. Islay is a small island off the west coast of Scotland, and despite a population of only just over 3,000 it is home to an amazing eight working distilleries. What's more, at one time there were more than twenty in operation. Those currently producing whisky on the island are:
- Caol Ila
Some of these have a reputation as the most strongly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies - Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Laphroaig in particular being distinctively smoky and peaty. They're not to everyone's taste, but if you're an Islay fan then nothing else will quite compare.
You can find out more about the individual distilleries here, and see a map showing their locations here. There's also an extensive list of Islay whiskies for sale on this site. (And for anyone who is not quite sure how to tell their whisky from their whiskey from their bourbon, here's a nice interactive guide and map.)
Finally, we've found a fascinating documentary about Islay and its whisky that was made in the 1960s. So relax, pour yourself a dram, and enjoy...