Technically a sub-region of the Highlands, the Islands have become Scotland’s unofficial sixth whisky region in recent years.
The reason? The huge amount of diversity between the different island distilleries. While aspects such as the presence of salinity and peat might be something many of them have in common, the particular flavours tend to vary significantly by island. For instance, some Islands such as Lewis and Harris produce heavily peated whiskies, while others such as Mull tend to be heavier on the malt.
The smaller and more diverse distilleries of Island have seen a market value increase of 53.32% over the last decade, which is still a significant rise in value. However, rises in the last 12-months have been a little more modest at 17.39%.
It should be noted, however, that the Islands is not an official whisky region, which can sometimes muddy the statistical waters.