Islay is an island off the southwestern tip of Scotland and is the smallest of its whisky producing regions. Islay whiskies are known for their heavily peated style: the island is composed of layers of peat and buffeted throughout the year by sea breezes. The whiskies produced on Islay are some of the most distinctive in Scotland: beyond heavy peat and smokiness, Islay whiskies present notes of seaweed, brine, moss, apple and nuts. Despite its small size, Islay is home to a
surprising number of distilleries including high profile names such as Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin.