About the Region
There are 9 distilleries which are world famous situated on the Island of Islay, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bunnahabain, Laphroaig, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, the recently re-opened Bruichladdich, Lagavulin and Port Ellen which ceased production in 1983, however some of its bottles are still being created by independent bottlers Signatory, Douglas Laing & Co and Gordon & MacPhail. A new distillery also recently started production and we wait patiently to taste what is being produced at the newly opened Gartbreck Distillery which is situated south of Bowmore distillery.
Islay is situated off the West Coast of Scotland which boasts perfect whisky making conditions. It has warm sea air perfect for whisky maturation, it has wild winds and salty sea spray. The Island grows its own barley and there is an abundance of peat to be sourced from the ground. Most importantly it has fresh, pure, soft water perfect for whisky making.