The Scottish island of Islay is known as Whisky Island. It’s where premium single malt Scotch is made. Islay is one of five whisky distilling sites in Scotland “whose identity is protected by law.” There are only eight active distilleries left. Every May, Islay hosts the “Festival of Malt and Music” to celebrate the cultural heritage of the island.
CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon traveled to Islay to report on the production of premium single malt Scotch whiskey. But the producer of the story, Harry Radliffe II, was diagnosed with a serious illness and the story had been sidelined. And then Simon tragically died in a car accident. But when Radliffe’s health improved, they put the story together based on Simon’s notes. There was no script. The segment will air on 60 Minutes on May 3 at 7pm.