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
$90
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
$124.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of iodine, succulent apricot, lime leaf, jasmine confiture, and black olives with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, very long tiramisu, chai tea, chocolate biscuits, and heather finish. One sip unlocks a universe of flavor to discover; floral nuance flecks across a bold and smoky maritime spirit; otherworldly.
94 points $124.99
Lagavulin 8 Year Old 200th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$59.99
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
92 points
$49.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of almond tea cakes, buttercream, nori, cashew, coconut sago, and licorice with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long autumn leaves, smoked peppers, spiced custard, and pastry finish. A velvety and concentrated Islay single malt that tantalizes the senses with a decadent combination of sweetness and smoke.
92 points $49.99
Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
92 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of whole peppercorns, dried orange peel, caramel, bergamot, and iodine with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, long black toast, butter, sea spray, and shitake mushrooms finish. A spicy, dry Islay single malt with great structure.
92 points $59.99
Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$44.99
Gold color. Aromas of fruit cup, cigar smoke, leather, iodine, and black licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long grapefruit, cumin, cinnamon, and saffron finish. Endless complexities lie within this golden dram; alluring smoke, exotic citrus, and curiosity-sparking spice bring you to another sip.
90 points $44.99
Bowmore 15 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$75.99
Amber color. Aromas of grand marnier, peat, chocolate biscuit, chocolate-covered caramel, fennel, and sea spray with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, subtle, long roasted coffee, black forest cake, maple, and chocolate Bavarian creme finish. A chocolate layer cake of an Islay malt with a voluptuous texture yet masculine-of-center style.
89 points $75.99
Shieldaig 14 Year Old Islay Single Malt
89 points
$59.99
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 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
87 points
$51.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of hazelnut creme, tobacco, honey lozenge, toasted brioche, and cured meats with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length salted melon rinds, grilled stone fruit, cheddar biscuit, sandalwood, and tar finish. A tasty and balanced single malt that’s incredibly smooth; hints of salinity round out this slightly smoky Scotch.
87 points $51.99