Episode 8: ‘An Acquired Taste’ – Isle of Islay
You and Scottish whisky – was it love at first taste? For me, it certainly wasn’t… In this episode of Wild for Scotland, I tell you about my journey to single malt whisky and its culmination in a tour to the whisky distilleries on the Isle of Islay.
‘An Acquired Taste’ is a story about turning hate into love. The first time I tried single malt whisky, I found it awful. It took moving to Scotland, going to many distilleries and making myself try one dram after the other, to slowly mature my tastebuds. Eventually, I fell in love with Islay whiskies and was fortunate enough to join a whisky tour to the island and visit all 9 of its distilleries.
Whisky might not be everybody’s cup of tea – but did you know there are also two gin distilleries and a winemaker on the island?
After the story I share some of my top travel tips to plan your own trip to the Isle of Islay, whether you’re planning a whisky pilgrimage or just looking for a stunning island to add to your itinerary.
Islay has many tricks up its sleeve.
Now let’s travel to Scotland!
Reference & helpful links:
Read my review of Rabbie’s whisky tour to Islay (the one I mentioned in this episode).
Plan a trip to Fèis Ìle, the Islay whisky festival.
Don’t drink and drive – do the Three Distilleries Walk on the whisky coast of Islay.
Discover Scottish whisky with my tasting guide.
Plan a trip to Islay, Jura and Colonsay with my island travel guide.
Written, hosted and produced by Kathi Kamleitner. Additional support by Fran Turauskis.
Cover Art illustrated by Lizzie Vaughan-Knight. Musik by Bruce Wallace.
Additional sound effects from Zapsplat, Pond5 and SoundBoard.
All photographs by Kathi Kamleitner.
Season 1: Islands
The first season of Wild for Scotland is all about the Scottish isles. Each week, we travel to a different island and spend some time exploring their nooks and crannies, history and landscapes.