Islay Single Malt Whisky

A selection of Single Malt Whisky from the isle of Islay. Known for its characteristic flavor profile of smoke and peat. Each of the island's distilleries creates its signature style. Hard to pick the correct bottle? We have selected 10 bottles of Islay whisky often reviewed and enjoyed by our members. You can't go wrong with a selection from this list.

Reviewed by the valued members of Whiskybase

Ardbeg Ten

Ardbeg Ten

85.98 / 100 Overall rating

5651 Votes & 445 Notes

Average price € 50.08
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Available in 39 online shops

“Ardbeg seems to be 'the new Macallan' - being highly collectible, heavily marketed and more and more expensive due to its popularity. Nevertheless, it's a cracking good Islay peat bomb and of consistently high quality. On the nose, Ardbeg 10…” Read more

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg Uigeadail

88.69 / 100 Overall rating

4859 Votes & 373 Notes

Average price € 74.26
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Available in 56 online shops

“[March, 2017]  When Uigeadail was released back in 2003 I found this a great dram and scored it 91 points.  It was simply delicious: very complex in its flavours and aromas and nicely balanced.  So I bought several bottles...

Almost…” Read more

Lagavulin 16-year-old

Lagavulin 16-year-old

87.05 / 100 Overall rating

4165 Votes & 427 Notes

Average price € 86.86
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Available in 45 online shops

“Is this whisky overrated and overhyped? Definitely not! Lagavulin 16 is an outstanding Single Malt from Islay and a cornerstone of Scotch whisky culture. Intense peat smoke with hints of iodine and seaweed dominates the nose, merging with soft…” Read more

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

88.27 / 100 Overall rating

2972 Votes & 315 Notes

Average price € 85.23
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Available in 41 online shops

“[March, 2017]  Another Ardbeg re-taste:  When the first Corryvreckan was released I found it not just a very interesting dram with a new, never before tasted profile (due to its share of virgin oak matured malt) but it became my favourite modern…” Read more

Caol Ila 12-year-old

Caol Ila 12-year-old

83.48 / 100 Overall rating

2678 Votes & 309 Notes

Average price € 46.83
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Available in 33 online shops

“Many moons ago, it was a dram of Caol Ila 12 that ignited my passion for whisky, and what a journey it has been. Time to revisit my old friend! On the nose, puffs of twiggy bonfire smoke give way to green apples, lemon and briny hints of seawater…” Read more

Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

84.34 / 100 Overall rating

1857 Votes & 103 Notes

Average price € 47.75
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Available in 1 online shop

“Being a more restrained and virtually unpeated version of an Islay whisky, Bunnahabhain 12 tends to be overlooked - which is a pity! The superb quality (46.3% ABV, non-chill filtered and natural color) brings out the maritime character of this…” Read more

Laphroaig 10-year-old

Laphroaig 10-year-old

83.13 / 100 Overall rating

1810 Votes & 196 Notes

Average price € 42.18
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Available in 51 online shops

“A revelation to some but simply disgusting to others, Laphroaig 10 is arguably the most intense of all Single Malts. Your taste buds are shocked by the unfamiliar, dominated by dry peatiness. The nose reminds of an old steam engine, road tar…” Read more

Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Ardbeg Wee Beastie

83.99 / 100 Overall rating

1777 Votes & 240 Notes

Average price € 43.91
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Available in 80 online shops

“A young, typical and really convincing Ardbeg. The "Wee Beastie" is amazingly round and harmonious despite its tender age. Powerful, oily and creamy on the palate with a nice sequence of flavours typical of Islay as well as sweet and fruity…” Read more

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

84.91 / 100 Overall rating

1675 Votes & 181 Notes

Average price € 44.64
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Available in 38 online shops

“If the 10 is the pure expression of that salty, seaweed type of wet smoke, then this is a more complex and rich, dryer charcoal type of smoke that fills your entire mouth. Overall a superb effort from Laphroaig, considering the price.” Read more

Lagavulin 08-year-old

Lagavulin 08-year-old

85.55 / 100 Overall rating

1624 Votes & 314 Notes

Average price € 71.65
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Available in 22 online shops

“I must commend Lagavulin for giving this 200th Anniversary bottling an honest age statement instead of opting for NAS! Fresh and vibrant notes of sea salt, smoked cheese and gentle, earthy peatiness greet the nose, followed by anise, sweet…” Read more

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