After a more than a month, I decided to close the poll about your favorite whisky regions. Participation was a bit reluctant, but 14 people actually did cast their votes. Every voter was allowed to choose two regions from the list
The result does not have much of a statistical value, but nevertheless the winner is not really a surprise:
1. Islay (10 votes)
2. Highlands (6 votes)
3. Speyside (3 votes)
4. Islands (1 vote)
4. Rest of World (1 vote)
Islay is the clear winner of the poll. This is evidence for a certain singularity of Islay among the scotch whisky regions, even though at least Talsiker from the Isle of Skye is actually not too different from the classic Islay character.
There has been a lot going on on Islay lately with the restless release policy of Bruichladdich, innnvations of Ardbeg after the re-opening, the new Laphroaigs after years of stagnation and the face-lift for Bowmore. Even Bunnahabhain seem to have come out of the closet a bit with interesting new bottlings, not to mention the new Kilchoman distillery that has just bottled its first proper whisky. So there is definitely a reason to focus on Islay. And Islay really is the place to go, if you like peated whisky, regardless of all the recent peat experiments on the Scottish mainland. Only the Diageo distlleries of Lagavulin and Caol Ila seem strangely untouched by all the hustle, and I think you can count in Talisker here as well again.
One thing that surprised me a bit was that Speyside lags behind the Highlands. I would have expected a closer result here, given the strong following for some key Speysiders like Macallan or Glenfarclas. The Lowlands seem to be left behind, as could be expected. Too many distilleries had to close in the 1980s, and there is still an lot to be done to revive old glory of lowland distilleries signified for example by St. Magdalene.