Islay Journey Blended Scotch Whisky

Hunter Laing Islay Journey Blended Scotch Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)


6.8/10
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A delicious ticket for a smoky journey to Islay.

After they gave us Highland Journey, Hunter Laing came up with another Scottish trip. Now, getting to the legendary island of Islay where almost every town has a distillery is quite an ordeal, so having them bottle its character as a mouthwatering Whisky is more than welcome. The bottler carefully selected barrels from the finest distilleries, blended the Whiskies and aged them in ex-Bourbon barrels, creating a truly Islay blend.

Smoke, peat and seaweed make you feel like you’re walking along the green coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The concoction was made by Master Blender Tom Aitken, who wanted to grab the essence of Islay, lock it in a liquid and offer it to all peat lovers like it was a postcard. It’s aromatic AF, rich and slightly influenced by Bourbon (ah, the vanilla notes). We can’t help but imagine sipping on it by the fireplace with a good book on the lap.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Hunter Laing
  • Maturation
    Ex-Bourbon barrels

Flavor Spiral™

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malt
earthy
vanilla
seaweed
milk chocolate
peaty
citrus
smoky
berries
What does Islay Journey Blended Scotch Whisky taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Islay Journey Blended Scotch Whisky and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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First-class Whisky is taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Sandy gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Unmistakable Islay nose of peat smoke, iodine and seaside air with notes of red berry and vanilla.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Warm malty flavors accompanied by earthy peat, sea spray, seaweed, vanilla and milk chocolate.

Finish
Fresh and clean medium finish with notes of seaweed and citrus.

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Ratings & Reviews
Chris
Chris,
Very solid, I'm not a big smoky fan so this was a nice change for what I've tried so far.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Smoky on the nose makes it taste more smoky than it is. Unfortunately that ruined it for us.
 
Ted
Ted,
I enjoyed this, and would purchase a bottle if it became available.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, intense, Blended Scotch Whisky that has a smoky birth; while a warm & oceanic life leads to a long death at sea with notes of seaweed & citrus.
 
Doron
Doron,
Smooth and full bodied
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is a light straw. Nose is peat smoke, with mild notes of saltiness. First sip is salty and peaty, with peat spice and a brief flash of fruit and vanilla following. Earthy/briny flavors are the lasting flavor in the finish, though it all blends together in a cohesive flavor profile. Mouthfeel is smooth, though maybe a little thin. Overall, a nice peaty flavor, but not enough other flavor notes to standout.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
dances on the tongue, lovely smokiness
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Malty w/ Chocolate
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Interesting malt notes, but the chocolate was not noticeable to me. Maybe overall too earthy and not smooth enough.
 
Todd
Todd,
Ok blend. More earthy. Wouldn’t seek it out but it was fine.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Mild to moderate peat, with more peat on the nose. Earthiness is most prevalent when tasting, followed by malt. The seaweed comes in with the aftertaste and on the exhale. Overall I would put this as an average scotch, but is certainly something easy to drink that I would come back to.
 
Angela
Angela,
Way too smoky
 
Zachary
Zachary,
A solid scotch
 
Matt
Matt,
Blech! Tastes like someone dropped a piece of sod in my whisky.
 
Burton
Burton,
I'm glad I tried a blind sample of this. I would have avoided if i had known it was a blend. I admit it. I was wrong. This is obviously Islay and it competes well with Laphroaig and Ardbeg, which I guessed it was. Nice smoke and fruit. I'm not sure what it costs, but it is worth a look.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Smooth. Peated but not overpowering. Not very sweet, the vanilla and fruit flavors are there but light. I dont get the earthy or seaweed in the flavor...and seaweed is distinctive..but I do get it in the scent.
 
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