The Best Whisky Brands to Buy | Rare Malt Whisky

Whether you are a whisky connoisseur or a whisky amateur, this rare malt whisky guide is will be perfect for anyone interested in whisky. Islay is located in one of the southernmost islands of the Inner Hebrides located off the west coast of Scotland, and its whiskies are extremely sought after by whisky collectors and whisky lovers alike. Here are some of the best Islay whisky brand from Islay to purchase.


If you are looking for a true Scottish whisky brand that is steeped in Scottish history then Bruichladdich is for you. In 1881, the three Harvey brothers build Bruichladdich on the shore of Loch Indaal, on the Rhins of Islay located at the westernmost part of the island.

Today this distillery only sells single malt whiskies that are true to Bruichladdich as they are unpeated. All the barley that is used is exclusive to Scotland, some of which been grown on the Islay since 1004.  This attention to detail and produce makes Bruichladdich whiskies some of the most enjoyable, sought after whiskies. If you are looking to start up an Islay whisky collection or would like to add to your own collection, this brand of rare malt whisky would make the perfect addition.

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Caol Ila Distillery

This exquisite Islay whisky brand is located on the island of Islay, overlooking the strait between Islay and Jura. The distillery was founded by Hector Henderson in 1846, however quickly changed hands in 1854 when Norman Buchanan, the owner of Isle of Jura distillery, took it over and by the 1880s over 147,000 gallons of whisky was being produced there each year.

If you like light scotch whisky, Caol Ila is the one for you. Known for their light Islay whiskies, Caol Ila ‘s whiskies are pale in colour, with floral, peppery notes. As well as being sold as a single malt whisky, Caol Ila whisky is heavily used in blends such as Johnnie Walker and Black Bottle. This provides the brand with an excellent reputation. This brand has a variety of different price ranges and would make the perfect addition to any Islay whisky collection.

Laphroaig Distillery

Named after the area of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of the Isle of Islay, Laphroaig distillery is an Islay single malt Scottish whisky distillery.  The distillery was established in 1825 by Donald and Alexander Johnston, who came from Clan Donald.

Known as “the most richly flavoured of all scotch whiskies” Laphroaig usually ages its whisky for up to 10 years, however, the 15 years old variety is not uncommon. Most of the rare malt whiskies that Laphroaig produce have a peaty, smoky flavour. Again, this Islay whisky brand would make a great purchase, adding to any collection.

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Bowmore Distillery

Said to be established in 1779, Bowmore is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Located on the Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, the distillery lies on the south-eastern shore of Loch Indaal.

Bowmore distillery sources as much of its barley from the island as possible, if they are in need of more barley is imported from the mainland. Bowmore keeps to its original methods of production using traditional wooden washbacks. This gives the Islay whisky its unique flavour and distinction.

This traditionally Scottish Islay whisky would be perfect for any collection, small or big. The unique favours and production method would also allow it to stand out in any collection.