This book is a celebration of the whiskies of Islay and of the beautiful island that shaped them. With a population of just over 3,000, Islay produces some of the finest whiskies in the world. It is perhaps best known for it’s smoky, phenolic spirits. Such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. These have been distilled in rocky coves off Islay’s sheltered east cost for at least 200 years, and probably much longer. But in truth Islay produces a dram of every palette, and its vibrant and expanding whisky industry is a constant source of renewed excellence and taste innovation.
Fiona Rintoul, a translator, journalist and whisky enthusiast, provides a background and history to the islands and their distilling, alongside tasting notes on the signature expressions.
Konrad Borkowski, who lives on Islay’s neighbour, the Isle of Jura, provides stunning full colour photographs, documenting each distillery at work through the seasons.