The most famous whisky island is level with Glasgow in the Lowlands, and yet paradoxically,
perhaps due to the repeated beatings from the Atlantic storms, Islay produces the
richest and most full flavor malts. At the big end of the scale these whiskies have
a bog peaty and smoky punch, much more so than the mainland, and a pungent iodine
aroma tending to "medicinal seaweed".