Typically, “scotch” is a whiskey that is produced in Scotland according to a set of guidelines set forth by the Scotch Whisky Association. The main points of those guidelines are that all scotch must be:
- Made in Scotland, on site at the listed distillery
- Matured in oak casks for no less than three years
- Containing no added substances (other than water and caramel coloring)
- Labeled with an age that represents the youngest drop of alcohol in the bottle
Islay whiskies are a subset of scotch that is specifically made on the island of Islay off the western coast of the country, and are typified by a strong peaty flavor, minerality, and salty umami components.
This list catalogs all of the whiskey from this region that we have reviewed so far, ordered by rating and price.