Like Scotch? Want to Visit Scotland? This Is What You Need to Know About Every Distillery on Islay
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Like Scotch? Want to Visit Scotland? This Is What You Need to Know About Every Distillery on Islay

Scotland is home to more than a hundred distilleries. Among them, some of the world’s most prestigious producers of aged spirit. Amazingly, within this crowded landscape of legendary liquor, there exists a specific region prominent enough to distinguish itself as whisky island. This is Islay, a rugged, windswept terrain off the country’s southwestern coast that’s home to the boldest flavors in all of scotch making. During the island’s 18th-century heyday, it was home to 23 distilleries. Today, that number stands at eight. (A ninth, Gartbreck Distillery, is slated to open later this year.) Regardless, with just 3,000 permanent residents, Islay remains, per capita, the most remarkable repository of hallowed drams in all the world. Here’s some help weaving it all together.—Brad Japhe

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1.  Ardbeg

Abutting the southern shoals of the island is this iconic 200-year-old distillery. It’s maritime barrelhouses dutifully inhale ocean brine, imparting salt…
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2.  Bowmore

Gated off from the quaint seaside village that lends it its name, Bowmore feels like the Willy Wonka chocolate factory of…
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3.  Bruichladdich

When this historic facility reopened under new ownership at the start of the 21st century, it rebranded itself as Progressive Hebridean…
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