Review No.182. Six Isles Reserve

I came across this bottle by chance.  Every time I visit a supermarket I always make time to venture down the whisky aisle in hope that I spot a new bottle or an amazing offer.  However, on this occasion on my visit to Marks & Spencer I spotted this beauty.  Six Isles is a blended malt whisky comprising of single malts from the Skye, Mull, Orkney, Islay, Jura, & Arran as stated on the tin.  This is just a guess but I think this is made from single malts from Talisker, Ledaig, Highland Park, Jura and Arran.  OK that is easy because there are not many distilleries to choose from.  I would not be able to guess which Islay malt is in this.  I am a fan of coastal whiskies so I just had to grab this bottle, plus it was priced at £25 which I think was an offer price.  Having asked a few friendly folk online I am led to believe that this is a watered down version (at 40%) of Ian Macleod’s Six Isles Blended Malt which is bottled at 43%.


Whisky: Six Isles Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Freshly baked pastries, wood smoke, cardboard, salt, lemon, peanuts, bacon, brine

Taste: Lemon custard, sherbet, liquorice, vanilla essence, brine

Finish: Salted peanuts, oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: There are a nice balance of flavours with this.  It is not a heavily peated whisky but then I wouldn’t say it is an introductory whisky either.  The initial notes remind me of a bakery and fresh pastries.  I don’t often get this with single malts but I do like it. There is also a salted peanut note throughout.  It is not your typical TCP and burnt tyres type of peated whisky.  There are some lovely notes on the taste such as lemon custard and vanilla essence. The only thing that lets this down is that it is a bit thin on the delivery which may be more to do with it being bottled at 40%.  However, at £25 I think this is a very good malt and offers value for money.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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