Whisky & Gin
Around the middle of the 19th century, Islay boasted no less than a dozen distilleries.
Today, we still have ten working whisky distilleries (nine on Islay and one on Jura) producing some of the most popular and certainly most uniquely flavoured single malt whiskies in the world.
You can virtually inhale the smoke and the peat from just a snifter of the amber liquid – “heaven” say some, “an acquired taste” say others.
No matter which camp you’re in, Islay whisky is world class and a main source of revenue on the island – both providing employment for local people and stimulating more tourism, all positive and vital requirements for our fragile, remote communities.
The Whisky Festival, held in the second half of May shouldn’t be missed if you are serious about uisge beatha. It’s run in conjunction with Feis Ile, a festival celebrating Islay’s heritage and culture and each distillery, including Jura’s, has an open day putting on special events such as whisky tastings, locally produced food, dancing, piping and ceilidhs – Sláinte!