A cask strength, smoky mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes.
The Ileach Whiskies are designed to be a mystery. “Ileach” is the word that residents of Islay call themselves. It’s even the name of the local neighborhood newspaper serving the Scottish Islands of Islay and Jura. But when you purchase either the regular Ileach Peaty at 40% ABV or The Ileach Cask Strength at 58%, you will find that there is no age statement (NAS) and that — even though they are single malts — the name of the distillery is missing. Buyers are left with a smoky, mysterious dram either way.
Each spring they hold the Islay Whisky festival. It tends to be a big deal and all of the distilleries open their doors to freely welcome guests. Each year’s Ileach Whisky release is usually timed to celebrate the big event. Being a special release without distillery recognition, it should not be surprising that it varies a bit from year to year. This year’s release fills the palate with peat smoke and sea-spray and the obvious use of ex-Bourbon casks, and a consensus of experts puts the age at 5 to 7 years.
Excellent dram, nice & peaty but smooth with it, my friends & i had a few & they all said the same.
I would certainly recommend this to our members.
A big punch in the mouth for your money. Smoky, rich, but a little bit harsh due to the younger age. As someone with a lot of Islay experience, I'd wager it's a Caol Ila. You could do far worse!
A lot of peat and smoke,,very interesting
Too far on the peaty and smoky side for me.
Way too strong for me. Smoke and peat blasted. Added a drip of water, still hit me hard. Used some ice cubes. Manageable. But not my favorite still.
Good value for the money!
good peat and smoke flavor - nice burn from the cask strength. A dash of water tames things down a bit and opens up the pepper background. For the price, this is quite good overall.
Very sharp but flat, not very deep and warm. Interesting in taste. Very sweet but without fruit...
Good taste but perhaps too much alcohol
Strong peat, but not over powering
Dark Carmel color, fabulous Carmel front end with a smoke finish. A very good Scotch!
Too much alcohol for me. Tasting notes fade in its presence
I did enjoy this whisky.
Would I buy a bottle, probably not.
Alot of salt, some peat and smoke.
not too heavy overall like some others
Smoked salmon ( in a bad way)... heavy...
If you don't appreciate the likes of Ardbeg or Laphroaig, stay away from this whisky. Everyone else, those who like intense peat will like this whiskey. Speaking of Laphroaig, rumor has it that this is what you can find in the Ileach bottle. Put the 10 years or quarter cask Laphroaig next to it and you will notice a strong resemblance.
Important, do experiment a bit with adding water. Even the 40% version gets a lot better, loses some of the overwhelming peat in the process. Many of those who didn't like it, probably forgot the water...
Nice full flavour. Heavy on the peat, but worth it.
Big peat, big smoke, tons of salt, but a little too young. Great mouthfeel.
Strong, long. Smoky, peppery. Woke up every taste bud. Thought about adding a little water but didn’t.
Way too smokey and strong.
Too strong. It reduces the smokiness I was expecting. A drop of water improved my final rating...
Too much for me, but a lot better after a drop of water.
I really enjoyed this Cask strength. One of the best I have ever tasted. A drop of water improved the taste.
Didn’t like this, mixed with a small bit of water to release some more flavour. Very overpowering
Young, singular focused whiskey. Found the nose to be slightly offputting.
Peaty, smoky. Not a fan of peaty whisky, but this one is not too bad.
Wow. The burn of alcohol mixed with the rich smoke and peat intense but balances to be enjoyable. Can't drink a lot but one drink is a lot of scotch power.
Overwhelming. Too much, maybe. A very good product, anyway.
A bit bitter and underwhelming at the end.
If you like super smokey, peaty whisky, this is your drink. Had a hard time getting past the cask strength bite though.
Too much alcoholic for me
Incredible. Bacon and lightly smoked flavors. Fatty and robust with earthy remnants
Too young, too simple, not my taste
Smoky and peaty with long aftertaste, but not very complex. Phenols and oils are very pronounced. Great campfire taste.
For me this is the real essence of a smokey, peaty whisky which isn't killed by its own strength.
Just orderd it for my home bar after haing tasted it from a tasting box.
Smoky with a bite
Legs not too bad, but nowhere near peaty enough for me. I will stick to Ardbeg and Bruichladdich... But it was certainly worth trying and pretty good value for money.
This one grew on me... the smoke is dominant with an oily mouthfeel, but the tangy vanilla flavor crept up on me and started to take center stage after every sip.
Quite bitter and shallow.
LOVED IT NICE AND SMOKEY HAD A PUNGENT BITE
Loved it. Not usually a smoky lover, but this one rocks.
Shattered in transit. One more for the angels...
Peat on steroids - you either love it you don't. I love it. Worth a bottle.
As a novice peat/smoke drinker I enjoyed the flavor. It is as described: smoky, peaty with a bit of oil. A very small splash of water to cut the bite. Nice aftertaste. Although this wouldn’t be my everyday dram this would be a nice change of pace.
Pepper , phenols with the seaweed weren’t my thing.
As a novice scotch drinker (i'm more familiar w/ bourbons and ryes) I enjoyed the heavy smoky notes in this... I can;t find it for sale anywhere, can someone recommend a similar scotch? I hear smoky is a common note in certain areas.
Never have been much of an Islay guy. Just can't seem to enjoy the Leary, smokiness and this experience was no different. Probably not fair to be too critical of something I just don't enjoy. Very smooth.
Had a tasting with my wife and father. We all thought that this was the best of the three in the tasting box. Has a fantastic smoky peaty flavor. Definitely want this in my bar.
Amazing Islay Scotch for the money - nothing comes close. Cask strength and I prefer it without added water - it's absolutely IMMENSE in the mouth!
Nice a smoky with some peat
great strength, flavours of the smoky and peat are perfect,worth the money.
Not bad, just really don't understand the draw of cask strength.
That being said I am a sucker for smoky and peaty
Good strength, very smoky, and earthy. Mellows out beautifully with a few drops of our giver and killer...water.
Absolutely legendary. 10/10 and kicks Lagavulin 16 in the balls. Although I still love Lagavulin, let's not forget that.
Felt like it was burning the enamel off of my teeth.
Intense, long developement, smoky, oak, oily, cooked spinach, very pleasant intense smokiness, sweet at the background, without water was very dry, and sharp, with smokiness eventually coming through and then staying for long time.