The Whisky Barrel team travelled to Islay, the ‘Scotch Whiskey Island Paradise’ off Scotland’s west coast. Revered worldwide by scotch lovers, especially the peat-heads. Some of the most sought after, collectable and drinkable whiskies come from this rugged and charming island. The most heavily peated scotch whiskey, Octomore, sets the tone for many Islay whiskies. But it’s not all about peat and smoke.
The island itself is a bit like a step back in time. There is a slower pace to life. When things are broken, you fix them. Machinery still seems to rule over gadgets. Some of the islands whiskey distilleries might be in stark contrast to this traditional island. But the Islay remains Islay. And that’s what’s important.
We take a quick glimpse at the island’s world renowned scotch whiskey distilleries such as Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and the soon to open, Ardnahoe.