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

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
96 points
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
Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
94 points
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.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
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
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
Bowmore Small Batch Reserve Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
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
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
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
Laphroaig "Select" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
86 points
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.