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A small Scottish island is home to nine legendary distilleries that produce some of the finest single malts

The 132-year-old Bunnahabhain distillery overlooks the Sound of Islay. Photo: Ramki SreenivasanPremium
The 132-year-old Bunnahabhain distillery overlooks the Sound of Islay. Photo: Ramki Sreenivasan

Temptation island

The Scottish islands produce the best-known smoky flavoured single-malt whiskies. The biggest and most popular of these islands is Islay (“eye-lah"), located in south-west Scotland, which produces legendary whiskies like Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg, among others.

Single-malt whiskies are those made in a single distillery using barley, water and yeast and matured for a minimum of three years in oak barrels.

Nine working distilleries on the island of Islay still produce whisky almost exactly as they did when they were founded about 200 years ago, when whisky was first made here by Irish monks for medicinal value.

Here’s a peek at the beautiful waterfront distilleries that are the sources of the finest single malts on earth.

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Published: 18 May 2013, 12:13 AM IST
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