When it comes to choosing spirits, people love whiskey.  Much of the real taste and flavor of whiskey comes from the area or place where it is matured and aged. Whether one selects whiskey matured in highlands, lowlands, mountainous regions or coastal regions.  Coastal whiskey provides a unique tasting experience with maritime flavor.  

Whiskeys produced in coastal distilleries carry a distinct maritime flavor. Along with that, such whiskey has deep, rich flavor elements derived from the underlying peat bog.  This makes island whiskeys one of the biggest sellers around the globe. 

So, what makes Coastal Whiskeys stand apart from others? Here is a checklist of some important reasons that make island whiskeys the most preferred whiskeys among spirit lovers: 

  • Seaside Temperate Climate

As coastal regions have a lower temperature range than the continental inlands, with a higher level of humidity, this affects the flavor and aroma of the whiskey produced in coastal distilleries. The salty air along with the other weather elements to which the whiskey produced is exposed to, leads to the development of maritime character and flavor. 

  • Choices Made During Distillation

Besides the climatic conditions, the ingredients used in the production of whiskey and water from the source as well as the aging, finishing and double-barreling are a major factor in determining the flavor of the whiskey.

  • Aging in the Coastal Area

When whiskey is left for maturation and aging in the oak barrels near the coastal area, the low-temperature range and high barometric pressure actually accelerates the influence of the barrel’s wood. This results in a whiskey with a pronounced barrel character that focuses on the larger flavor profile gained from the distillate. These rich aromas and flavors make an island whiskey different and delicious.

  • Seaside Atmospheric Pressure

It’s not only weather elements like wind and temperature that act on the flavor and quality of the spirit, but also the physical location of the aging facility and the atmospheric pressure of that area. In rare cases where the distillery is located between two mountain ranges, the pressure differences cause increased absorption and evaporation that creates deeper flavor, and darker color to whiskey in a shorter period of time.

This combination of factors works together to create a unique flavor profile in coastal whiskeys that is refined, desirable and very unique.