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Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Skye, Scotland
Island malt whisky describes the collection of whiskies produced on the islands around the perimeter of the Scotland’s mainland. (Apart from Islay which gets a category all of its own)

The islands- Lewis, Arran, Orkney, Jura, Skye and Mull - are actually not recognised in the Scotch Whisky Regulations as a distinct whisky producing region. This is due to their production falling to negligible levels in the 20th century. They are currently regarded as part of the Highland region.

Whisky produced on the Islands is extremely varied, with flavours ranging from light citrus to full-on peat smoke. They do, however, all tend to have a smokier flavour than other Highland malts, with slightly peatier undertones.

The Scottish islands became popular locations for whisky following the 1644 introduction of Scotland’s Excise Act, which brought in heavy taxes on whisky production – more than most distillers were prepared (or could afford) to pay. This forced the shepherd and crofters who had previously openly distilled their produce, to find areas that were remote enough to be difficult for excise men to access, but also provided the climate and raw resources for whisky production. The hills, springs and caves of the islands were perfect, and so a number of distillers sailed across the sea to set up home and illegal business on these outlying posts.

Just a small handful of these far-flung distilleries remain now– although there are rumors that a few newcomers may bring about an island distilling renaissance.

Geography of Island Malt Whisky

The most northern island is Orkney, which houses two distilleries with very different offerings: The famed Highland Park’s whiskies are full in flavour with plenty of honey, malt, heather and smoky malt notes, whilst Scapa has a beautiful citrus and herbal quality to its whisky.

The Isle of Skye holds a single distillery: Talisker. Single malts from this distillery are described as being 'volcanic' in character with plenty of body.

Then, there is Arran, which makes a rich whisky full of malty depths. On Mull’s Tobermory distillery delivers a sweet, slightly herbal whisky (plus a heavily peated version called Ledaig) whilst on Jura, the distillery with the same name produces a slightly maritime, oily dram with a nutty character.

Where to Start with Island Malt Whisky

With such a disparate collection of distilleries, it can be hard to know where to start with Island Malt whisky. Luckily, Frootbat is here to help. Below are some of the best Islands Malts to try as the perfect introduction to this category of Scottish ‘aqua vitae.’
FROOTBAT HAS 33 PRODUCTS FROM THE Island REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
FROOTBAT HAS 33 PRODUCTS FROM THE Island REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Distillers Edition Double Matured Amoroso Sherry Cask Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker Distillers Edition Double Matured Amoroso Sherry Cask Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$74.9911 buying options
The Valhalla Collection Odin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park The Valhalla Collection Odin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$499.991 buying option
30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$899.991 buying option
12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$77.991 buying option
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$129.9913 buying options
12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$51.993 buying options
Isle of Jura Hebridean Aged 10 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Liafail Isle of Jura Hebridean Aged 10 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$52.991 buying option
30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$799.991 buying option
The Port Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt The Port Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$63.996 buying options
The MacPhail's Collection Highland Park Distillery Orkney 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & MacPhail The MacPhail's Collection Highland Park Distillery Orkney 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$35.994 buying options
Dark Origins Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$59.9913 buying options
Superstition Lightly Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Superstition Lightly Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$49.997 buying options
Orkney Rugby Club 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park Orkney Rugby Club 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$41.991 buying option
The Bothy Quarter Cask Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt The Bothy Quarter Cask Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$83.501 buying option
The Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt The Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$77.993 buying options
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$37.9942 buying options
Dusgadh 42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ledaig Dusgadh 42 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$4,499.992 buying options
25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$699.991 buying option
Ledaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Tobermory Ledaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$159.994 buying options
Single Cask Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt Single Cask Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$139.991 buying option
The Six Isles Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ian MacLeods The Six Isles Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$51.751 buying option
10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$52.991 buying option
Sherry Finish 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Sherry Finish 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$149.991 buying option
Private Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt Private Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$99.991 buying option
Prophecy Heavily Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Prophecy Heavily Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$72.996 buying options
Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Scott's Selection Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$599.991 buying option
Orcadian Vintage Series Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park Orcadian Vintage Series Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$3,999.996 buying options
Camas an Staca 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Camas an Staca 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$599.991 buying option
Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Scapa Skiren Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$76.996 buying options
Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$35.995 buying options
The Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt The Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$54.998 buying options
Origin 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$39.996 buying options
Diurachs Own 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Diurachs Own 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$72.993 buying options
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$105.9911 buying options
Lochranza Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Arran Malt Lochranza Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$45.001 buying option
Maritime Edition Natural Cask Strength 27 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Talisker Maritime Edition Natural Cask Strength 27 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$709.991 buying option
18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Highland Park 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$139.993 buying options
Brooklyn Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Brooklyn Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$51.995 buying options
Hudsons Bay Special Release Highland Park 15 Year Old Single Malt
Murray McDavid Hudsons Bay Special Release Highland Park 15 Year Old Single Malt 750ml Bottle
$42.497 buying options
Prophecy Heavily Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Jura Prophecy Heavily Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$83.001 buying option
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