Scotland’s remote islands are well known for their beautiful, rugged and often unforgiving terrain, and terrible weather. They make some great whisky however, which undoubtedly makes the weather far more tolerable.
Technically a part of the Highlands region, the Islands include all of Scotland’s whisky producing islands, bar Islay, which as we all know is a region and a beast unto itself. The Islands range from the Isle of Arran off the south-west of Scotland, up the west coast to include Jura, Mull, Skye and the Isle of Lewis and round to the Orkney Islands north of the mainland.
Vastly different in style and terrain, the Islands have only their distinction in common. Arran is loved for its exquisitely bold, fruity and creamy drams, while Mull typically exhibits salty, buttery, fruitcake notes and is home to deliciously smoky Ledaig. Jura is consistently sessionable, Skye gives us the majestic Talisker, Orkney doubles up with the distinctive richly layered Highland Park and tropical Scapa…and the Isle of Lewis? Time will tell as the newest addition to the Islands gets bottling underway.
Tempted to do some further research (or should we call it ‘sipsearch’? To get you going, here’s our list of the eight Island whiskies that every Scotch whisky lover should own.