About Islay Single Malt Scotch

About Islay Single Malt Scotch
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

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of fresh whole wheat baguette, toasty custard tart, sweet potato, smoked apricot preserve, and concord grape with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long violet, cinnamon, seaweed, charred pastry, night blooming jasmine, and black tea finish. A terrific Islay Single Malt that leaves the imbiber with a lingering, traveling flavor experience.
Awards: 2018 Best Islay Single Malt Scotch
Laphroaig Lore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
Golden amber color. Smoky aromas of peat, brine, banana pudding, peanut butter, buttery miso toffee, and latex with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, epic, very long espresso, caraway and rye, salted butterscotch, and sweet chipotle-tamarind sauce finish. A rich Islay malt of the boldest order.
94 points $124.99
Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
Slivery straw color. Inviting aromas of iodine, smoky pepperoni, pink grapefruit, ripe peaches, and speculoos cookies with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, very complex, endless sea salt, lilac, ginger beer, red and black licorice, and mace finish. An instantly appealing Islay malt; one whiff of this smoky-sweet treasure and you’ll be hooked.
93 points $59.99
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
Light golden amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of lava stones and cigar ash, oiled leather and wood soap, smoked meats and wood, and hot metal kettle with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, long charcoal grilled fruits, chestnut honey and vanilla cream, iodine, and cigar ash finish. A lovely Islay malt that combines smoke with balance and will be great with cigars.
91 points $49.99
Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
Light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of new suede shoes and smoking jacket, dried peach, toasted nut oil, and honeyed goat cheese with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, long smoked nuts and tobacco, mesquite honey, hint of jerky, and marshmallow char and pepper finish. A deft combination of light smoke, fruit, and wood keep things interesting whilst making this very approachable.
90 points $44.99
Shieldaig 14 Year Old Islay Single Malt
89 points
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