About Island Single Malt Scotch

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
Island Whisky refers to whisky made on the islands off the Scottish mainland, except for Islay. This includes the Orkney Isles; and the Western Islands (Arran, Jura, Mull, and Skye). These whiskies are characterized by various levels of smokiness and a distinctive, ethereal sea air quality.
Top Picks for Island Single Malt Scotch
220824
Highland Park
Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch
Light gold color. Smoky aromas of burning cigarette paper, freshly baked biscuits, sweet honey and burnt orange, and shoe shop with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long cherry jam, luxury leather, warm wet sand, and mango chutney and mixed peppercorns finish. A tempestuous storm of a whiskey that brings with it several lifetimes of flavor and intrigue.
95 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216425
Scapa
Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear gold color. Fruity, tropical, inviting aromas and flavors of peach-guava compote, pineapple creme brulee, fruit cake, and white grape with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a polished, elegant, very long honey roasted nuts and grain, cream, minerals, and grass and peat finish. A rich, fruity, elegant dram that is sure to please.
94 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216364
Highland Park
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, white toffee, and perfumed spices with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long creme brulee, mocha pecan fudge, minerals, and smoked peppercorns finish. A superbly poised and flavor packed highland malt with a deft touch of smoke.
94 points $149.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220823
Highland Park
Viking Honor 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Light golden amber color. Interesting, exotic aromas of fired rubber, durian, gooseberry, and nori with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, layered, long toasted brown rice and fermented tea, ginger and lemongrass, gochujang and vanilla yogurt, and sweet soy sauce finish. An exotic, funky and intriguing single malt for adventure seekers.
93 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210797
Highland Park
"Dark Origins" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear bright gold color. Delicate, roasted aromas of dark sautéed almonds, leather, sandalwood, and carob with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cedar, toffee, raisin cake, and minerals finish. A toasty, nutty malt with a contemplative old leather chair by a fireside appeal.
93 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210752
Talisker
"Storm" Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear gold color. Bright, toasty aromas of roasted nuts, bread pudding, and dried apple with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long smoky peat, creme brulee, spiced dry fruits, and pepper dust finish. A delicious and vibrantly flavorful island dram that delivers unadulterated pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220743
Jura
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Medium golden amber color. Earthy, rustic aromas of horse barn, leather saddle, black licorice, and buttery sherry sauce with a velvety, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long dried rose petals, tar, balanced peat, sweet biscuit, burnt toffee, and golden raisin finish. A Marlborough Man of a single malt; dry, rugged, poised.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220822
Highland Park
Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Medium gold color. Aromas of limeleaf, plum and cedar, wet beach, and orange blossom honey with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long dried fig, ginger and cinnamon candies, black tea, and chicory and black peppercorns finish. A drying and robust whiskey that will delight cigar smokers.
87 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab