An Auctioneer's guide to Islay, the home of Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Port Ellen among others.

The Isle of Islay is regarded as a whisky region in its own right. Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is renowned for its peaty whiskies, exemplified by Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin and the once-closed-now-reopened Port Ellen. But not all the whisky made there is peated, notably Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain.

There are nine distilleries currently producing whisky on the island (though more are in the pipeline): Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bowmore, Bruichladdich (Port Charlotte and Octomore are also produced here), Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.

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