Islay Whisky being poured into a glass with ice

Islay Whisky: What Makes is so special and Where to Get It

The Rare Malt Whisky Company offers a fine selection of Islay Whisky as well as many other rare whiskies all for different ranges of price so that all budgets have a chance to purchase. Whisky from Islay is very popular all over the world as is all the whisky from Scotland due to a fascination with the captivating and somewhat mythical history Scotland has. Islay Whisky in particular is highly sought after and can be identified by its specific taste. We have outlined what makes Islay Whisky so special and why The Rare Malt Whisky Company is the ideal place.

The Secret to Islay Whisky

The distinct taste can be attributed to the burning peat that is used in its distillery. Peat is a brown material consisting of partly decomposed vegetation which forms a deposit on boggy ground. Islay and much of Scotland is a very wet land that is lashed with rain most days and through all seasons. Islay lies on Scotland’s western coast and much of the land is a permanent bog thanks to the rainy weather. This provides an abundance of peat hence the burning of this natural resource as part of the whisky production. The peat has a unique taste lent to the ground from seaweed and sea salt that has blown up from the ocean. Peat fuel is used to dry the malt that makes the whisky. Another appeal to Islay products is folklore accounting home distilling, smuggling and illegal whisky production.

View of Fields of Scotland which is the home of Islay Whisky

The Rare Malt Whisky Company

This family run business is passionate about whisky and are experts within the industry. Specialising in sourcing the rarest malts of the highest quality and some which have unusual attributes thus making them even more extraordinary. The founder of the business is a whisky enthusiast and leads her team to offering a highly personal service. One of the specialist services The Rare Malt Whisky Company offers is sourcing specific bottles on demand if you are looking for one in particular. Therefore when looking for an authentic Islay whisky, this company is the best choice if you are looking for luxury bottles with a personal service.

Other Rare Malts

As well as Islay Whisky there are various other types of rare whisky that may appeal to your tastes and that are available from The Rare Malt Whisky Company including:

  • Speyside Whisky
  • Island Whisky
  • Highland Whisky
  • Lowland Whisky

Wall with shelves filled with rare whiskies including Islay Whisky

More about Islay Whisky

There are eight distilleries on Islay, despite the modest size of the island being merely 25 miles long. What’s more impressive is there used to be many more distilleries but many have shut down. Whisky makes up a lot of the revenue for the Scottish isle and attributes to a fair chunk of the tourism for the nation. The remaining distilleries in operation today are:


  • Ardberg
  • Bowmore
  • Bruichladdich
  • Bunnahabhain
  • Caol Ila
  • Kilchoman
  • Lagavulin
  • Laphroaig