Islay

The distinctive Islay is one of the southwest islands of Scotland. The island is relatively flat and it is considered as natural storage of peat. Most distilleries use peat during the drying of the barley in the whisky production process.


The Islay has eight active distilleries, the Ardbeg, the Bowmore, the Bruichladdich, the Bunnahabhain, the Caol Ila, the Kilchoman, the Lagavulin and Laphroaig.


During the economic crisis of the early 1980s, many of the Scottish distilleries were forced to close, especially in 1983 which was a bad year for the single malt. On Islay, the Port Ellen was the only distillery to be closed. The buildings have survived and now the facilities are used for the production of malts which is supplied to the other distilleries on Islay.

Bowmore Distillery
22 April 2015

Bowmore Distillery has stood on the shores of Loch Indaal, a sea loch that opens out into the Atlantic Ocean, since 1779. The distillery's proximity to the sea plays a vital role in shaping the final character of our spirit, which breathes in the salty sea air all the while it's maturing.

Kilchoman Distillery
01 November 2014

Established in 2005, Kilchoman (pronounced Kilhoman) is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Based on a farm on the rugged west coast of Islay, Kilchoman is the first distillery to be built on the Island for 125 years. Kilchoman gives everyone the chance to see what is best about the grass-roots traditions of malt distilling.

 

Laphroaig Distillery
21 October 2014

Laphroaig (La-froyg) is the story of a community. An uncompromising, tough and determined group of people who work to ensure that this defining whisky has always remained true to its origins.