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Islay (pronounced eye-la) is an island off the Scottish mainland that specializes in producing peated single malt Scotch whiskies. The island has a long history and ancient structures that date back to the Bronze Age still exist in places. Land has been disputed through the centuries from the kingdoms of Norway, England, and within Scotland itself, there have been long, embattled periods between clans. Today, in a time of peace and tranquility, this picturesque island is home to small communities sustained with farming, fishing and of course, whisky (in Scotland, always spelled without the “e”). 
Islay Scotch is (for the most part) characterized by smokey flavors. These flavors come about when the barley has been roasted over peat prior to fermenting, and the water used may also come from sources heavy in peaty soil. Although some producers here choose not to use peat. Ultimately, that is up to the distiller and master blender’s taste. But a general rule is Read more »

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  • This year seem to be channeling my Swedish grandfather (rather than my ... ... before it. Maybe even some Islay scotch (in honor of my other grandfather, whose family came from there) with any leftover cheese afterwards (thinking about it, nobody on either side of the family was lactose intolerant). Will decide which labels and vintages in a f... Read More

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  • MJ - Well, give that last bottle another year to age, say 01 Jan 2017? ... ... (Lagavulin 16-year – Islay).  After our lovely meal, I had a scotch (Glenlivet 16 year “Nàdurra” Cask Strength - Speyside), and Sandra had another one too (Ardbeg 10 year - Islay).  We were riding the Metro home so there was plenty of time to work that stuff out of ... Read More

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  • Doubt it's just for the Super Bowl. Although I know some folks are busy ... ... single malt chasers from Islay or nearby. Meeting some colleagues at the only Brew Dogs pub in Asia at 8pm, and on from there. Read More

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  • Not to change the current topic of discussion or anything as brash as that, but ... distillery on the island of Islay; of course they were very knowledgeable about their Scotch and they even poured two additional ones beyond the four types originally displayed.  Yes, we bought a bottle for Sandra's retirement celebration, about 3 weeks away now... Read More

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  • Origine Islay Malt Scotch Whisky 10 Year NV


    This is a very good "Smoky" Scotch! it's obvious that the above negative reviews came from persons who know very little about various scotch's. It has a very distinctive initial taste and a nice pleasurable after taste. Well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by jeley

  • The Botanist Islay Gin NV


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    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan 50 NV


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    Wine review by Paul2R

  • Enlightenment Wines Wild Melaides


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  • Enlightenment Wines Wild Melaides


    Wow- 300.00For that you could have joined the CSA.get on the list! Read More

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  • Origine Islay Malt Scotch Whisky 10 Year NV


    I travel to Scotland often and have experienced many of the local spirits firsthand. I think that this is a very good Scotch. I have to admit that when I made the purchase I wasn't sure what I was getting. That said I would definately purchase this spirit again. Read More

    Wine review by dwallacee52

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