About Islay Single Malt Scotch

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
Islay is an island off the west coast. Traditional Islay malt whiskies are intensely smoky and pungent in character with a distinctive iodine or medicinal tang that is said to come from sea salt permeating the local peat that is used to dry the barley malt.
Top Picks for Islay Single Malt Scotch
210405
Laphroaig
10 Year Old Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright clear gold color. Rich, attractive, roasted herbal aromas of toasted focaccia, smoked nuts, fruitcake, and hot pepper jelly with an oily, lively, fizzy, dry medium-full body and a hot, involved, very long iodine, Band-Aid, chestnut honey, and white cigar ash finish. A smoky, fiery beast that needs a few drops of water to tame to an Islay gentleman.
96 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210750
Lagavulin
16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Clear brilliant gold color. Delicate, fruity, roasted aromas of toasty nut brittle and apricot pastry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long char-roasted nuts and peat, dried apricot and citrus, and pepper finish. A spot on Islay with well balanced and approachable smoke and generous fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206561
Laphroaig
Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Old gold color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts, caramel yogurt, suede, and mild white cigar ash with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a suede, dried fruits, pepper jelly and iodine driven finish. A nice confluence of sweet oak and smoky peat notes.
93 points $54.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220856
Shieldaig
14 Year Old Islay Single Malt
Bright golden amber color. Malty, toasty aromas of toffee coated triscuit, lemon custard on graham cracker crust, kiln and cinnamon toothpick, and grilled corn husk with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length smoked sage, cherry pie with mint, grilled pineapple and smoked ham skewer, and sea salt finish. A slightly peated, earthy and chewy single malt from Islay.
89 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206390
Bowmore
Small Batch Reserve Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden yellow color. Aroma of conditioned suede, barley flour, dried peach and pear, and smoked nuts with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a well balanced honeyed grain, pepper, and white cigar ash accented finish. A very nice Islay dram for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206559
Laphroaig
10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas of grilled peaches, iodine, bandage and campfire embers with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasantly balanced lit cigar, powdered sugared nut, and mineral finish. A fun, iodine forward peaty Islay dram with great drinkability.
89 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210406
Laphroaig
"Select" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bright clear light gold color. Mild, creamy, earthy floral grainy aromas of suede, saddle soap, and cedar with a lean, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, crisp white chocolate, wet white ash and leaves, and rubber pencil eraser finish. A gentle rising arc of light smoke makes this an interesting, mellow Islay choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab