Best Islay Scotch Whisky

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.


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Lagavulin - 16 Year Old

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(5) -
$82.99

Laphroaig - 10 Year Old

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(5) -
$49.99

Lagavulin - 11 Year Nick Offerman Edition

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(4) -
$110

Laphroaig - Quarter Cask

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(4) -
$69.99

Kilchoman - Machir Bay

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(4) -
$55.99

Ardbeg - Ten Years Old

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(4) -
$49.99

Smokehead - High Voltage Whisky

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(3) -
$79.99

Smokehead - 43% Single Malt Scotch

Single Malt Scotch Whiskey | Scotland, Islay

Rating:(2) -
$52.99