Islands single malt whiskies
The term ‘single malt scotch’ refers to a whisky that is made entirely from malted barley and distilled in copper pot stills on one distillery site. The Islands region, encompassing the beautiful islands of western and northern Scotland, can often use malt that is usually first dried in a kiln fired by peat, which imparts a characteristic smoky flavour to the whisky. The most famous single malt scotch whiskies of the region come from the Scottish islands of Skye, Arran and Jura (to name a few). Single malt scotch whiskies only have to be aged for 3 years in oak casks before being bottled, but some of the most expensive and sought-after examples can be aged for 30 years or more.