The next one in Ian Macleod’s Regional Single Malt range is this Islay. Again, I have no idea which distillery this is sourced from before trying it and they don’t own any Islay distilleries, but there are not many distilleries on Islay so those who are fans of peated single malts may be able to identify the source.
Whisky: Ian Macleod’s Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Fishy, salt and vinegar, heather, light mix spices, vanilla
Taste: Ash, oak, salt, citrus, grapefruit, black tea
Finish: Grapefruit rind, oak
Summary: This is a decent introduction to Islay if you are not familiar or unsure about peated whiskies. This is more coastal than full on peated where you get more salt than TCP. There is the addition of heather, spice and vanilla in the background which balances off nicely against the savoury saltiness. This then develops into tangy citrus and sour grapefruit notes and then bitter black tea. The finish is dry but works well with what comes before it. Out of the range this is one that I feel can stand up against entry level official bottles.
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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