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
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
Jura Tide 21 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$199
Dark amber color. Smoky aromas of ripe fig with honey, dark baked biscuits, fine leather, cherry jam, salted grilled baguette, and cola with a round, medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long menthol, dark chocolate, custard, and toasted hazelnut finish. A dreamy Island Malt with a rich array of flavors; divine.
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
Jura Journey Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$34
Gold color. Aromas of roasted barley tea, honey, tomato leaf, tobacco, chocolate, and manchego with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length toasted black bread, lightly smoked tea, and chrysanthemum finish. A malty, chewy Single Malt Scotch Whisky to pair with dinner or dessert.
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 Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted spice cake, iodine, smoked vanilla bean, digestive biscuit, raisins, honeycomb, toasted almond, lardons, and hints of black olive with a round, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, long finish with nuances of roasted hazelnut, dark chocolate, buttered black bread, and caramel. A robust, toasty Single Malt that sweeps across the palate with a chewy saunter.