About Island Single Malt Scotch

About Island Single Malt Scotch
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

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
$66
Gold color. Toasty, smoky aromas of gingerbread, almond butter, dried moss, soursop, grilled banana, and charred green coconuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, medium-long smoked ancho chile, tamarind, mango, toasted pound cake, worn leather, and guava pastry finish. A highly distinctive single malt with loads of spicy, tropical character.
Awards: 2018 Best Island Single Malt Scotch
Highland Park Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch
95 points
$79.99
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Island Single Malt Scotch
95 points $79.99
Jura Seven Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
Brilliant gold color. Sweet aromas of barbecue rub, spiced honey butter, sea breeze, walnut, peach preserve, miso, and popovers with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, elegant, very long coriander, dark chocolate shavings, passion fruit, and caramel finish. A vibrant Island Single Malt that sings in precise harmony with enticing notes of fruit and honey.
94 points $79.99
Scapa Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$79.99
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
Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
$149.99
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
Talisker 10 Year Old  Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$60
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of whole wheat scone, grape bubblegum, latex, dried apricot, and whoppers candies with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long buckwheat pancakes and Greek yogurt with honey finish. A mighty whisky with a pleasingly dry palate.
Jura 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$129.99
Amber color. Aromas of olorosso sherry, citrus marinated olives, dried figs, baked rhubarb, and brioche with apple butter with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long sponge cake, leather saddle, butterscotch, and gingersnaps finish. A knock-out wine-influenced Island Single malt that hits the palate with oscillating leather and spice in spirit transforming ways.
93 points $129.99
Highland Park Viking Honor 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
93 points
$54.99
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
Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$50
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of golden apple, lemon grass, turkish delight, honeysuckle, and warm oatmeal cookies with a creamy, crisp, fruity light body and a peppery, very long spiced pear compote, smoking wood, caramel pudding, buttered brioche, and coriander honey finish. An explosive and long-lasting palate makes this whiskey a winner.
Jura 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$45
Amber color. Aromas of golden apple, latex, and honey nougat with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length spice cake, pears in syrup, and baking chocolate finish. A chewy, masculine-of-center Single Malt with a charming dose of sweetness.