from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An island of the southern Inner Hebrides of western Scotland. Farming, fishing, and distilling are important to its economy.
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- proper n. The southernmost island of the inner Hebrides in Scotland.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small evergreen tree, Prunus ilicifolia, a native of the California coast-ranges from San Francisco bay south.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an island of western Scotland at the southern end of the Inner Hebrides
- n. California evergreen wild plum with spiny leathery leaves and white flowers
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The great thing is that all we really have to do is to show up in Islay, and start walking anywhere.
We can do the same for an taigh-osda hotel on Islay, which is a scenic trip down from Oban.
"Islay"  is still plagued by him every evening -- a thing which he much enjoys -- and constantly begs for the spectacles.
Indeed, we might well consider it over-comprehensive: was it, for instance, really necessary to include raibheic ` the roar that a cow gives when gored by another; caiseach ` well supplied with cheese; or frith, a word apparently used only in MacAlpine's native Islay, meaning ` an encantation [sic] to find whether people at a great distance or at sea be in life '?
You probably know that if the snifter in front of you smells of peat and salt air it comes from the isle of Islay, if it's uber sweet it's probably from Speyside and if there's fruit and smoke, it's likely a single malt from the Highlands.
And you get four little jars to represent the four main regions: Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands.
Islay (which is a teeny island off the West Coast of Scotland) is smoky and peaty and by far MY FAVOURITE.
Whether it's the smoky, peaty flavor of an Islay malt, the sweet complexity of a Speyside, or even a smooth and mellow blend, a good Scotch can melt the chill in your bones, and it's a balm for the spirit besides.
Once it hits the back of the tongue, smoke and peat take over and it becomes quite like an Islay malt -- two great tastes that taste great together.
It's like a combination of the best elements of Highland, Islay and Speyside malts in a single dram.