Islay and the Islands Scotches from Islay (pronounced eye-lah) typically contain big, peaty flavors from which most Scotch-adverse people shy away. They taste like Band-Aids and smoke and weird, mossy rawness. In a delicious way, of course. Cocktail geeks love them because they add a layer of ashy funk to classic whiskey drinks. When going to the islands, Laphroaig 10-year is wonderfully strange and intense.