There are more than 800 islands scattered off the coast of Scotland, but just a few dozen play host to distilleries – though there is rumour of a whisky renaissance on Scotland’s fair isles. Orkey, Skye, Mull and Arran were the perfect locations for illicit distilling operations in years gone by, and now they’re the perfect showcase of Scotland’s incredible diversity when it comes to whisky. Each island marches to the beat of its own drum, not wavering to trends in whisky production or distilling – which means there are some truly unique blends coming from Scotland’s isles. The Isle of Skye is home to Talisker, a famous whisky that uses peated malt and pungent drams for an unforgettable fusion of flavours. There’s Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, which is characterised by a soft, almost menthol-like sweetness. Over in Orkey, there’s a salty tang to please the palate, while Arran, a relatively newcomer, is turning out barley-sweetened whisky that has a full-bodied and fruity taste.
For layers of complexity, plenty of character and a flavour that will tantalise any tastebuds, the Scottish Isles are the perfect place for whisky seekers. If you need any help choosing your preferred single malt, our team are always on hand to help with the selection process.