The Ileach Cask Strength

Ileach The Ileach Cask Strength

(0.75l, 58%)


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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.
 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    58%
  • Distillery
    Highlands and Islands Whisky Company

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smoky
peaty
black pepper
oily
phenols
tangy
sweet
tangy vanilla
seaweed
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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 / Colour 
Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Peat, smoke and salt, a lot of it.

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Sharp, tangy, and youthful with classic Islay character, pairing well with a Cohiba cigar.

Finish 
Long, oily, and peppery.

Flavour spiral
Smoky, peaty, black pepper, phenols, oily, tangy, vanilla, sweet, seaweed.

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Ratings & Reviews
Paavo
Paavo,
Good value for the money!
 
Todd
Todd,
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.
 
Tobias
Tobias,
Very sharp but flat, not very deep and warm. Interesting in taste. Very sweet but without fruit...
 
Juan
Juan,
Good taste but perhaps too much alcohol
 
Jim
Jim,
Strong peat, but not over powering
 
Ron
Ron,
Dark Carmel color, fabulous Carmel front end with a smoke finish. A very good Scotch!
 
Angel
Angel,
Too much alcohol for me. Tasting notes fade in its presence
 
Matt
Matt,
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 6/10
 
Andriy
Andriy,
Smoked salmon ( in a bad way)... heavy...
 
Constantin
Constantin,
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...
 
Paul
Paul,
Nice full flavour. Heavy on the peat, but worth it.
 
Robert
Robert,
Big peat, big smoke, tons of salt, but a little too young. Great mouthfeel.
 
CINDY
CINDY,
Strong, long. Smoky, peppery. Woke up every taste bud. Thought about adding a little water but didn’t.
 
Jeremiah
Jeremiah,
Way too smokey and strong.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Too strong. It reduces the smokiness I was expecting. A drop of water improved my final rating...
 
Nicolas
Nicolas,
Too much for me, but a lot better after a drop of water.
 
Susanna
Susanna,
I really enjoyed this Cask strength. One of the best I have ever tasted. A drop of water improved the taste.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Didn’t like this, mixed with a small bit of water to release some more flavour. Very overpowering
 
David
David,
Young, singular focused whiskey. Found the nose to be slightly offputting.
 
brad
brad,
Wow
 
John
John,
Peaty, smoky. Not a fan of peaty whisky, but this one is not too bad.
 
Troy
Troy,
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.
 
Simone
Simone,
Overwhelming. Too much, maybe. A very good product, anyway.
 
Saurabh
Saurabh,
A bit bitter and underwhelming at the end.
 
Scott
Scott,
If you like super smokey, peaty whisky, this is your drink. Had a hard time getting past the cask strength bite though.
 
Angel
Angel,
Too much alcoholic for me
 
Jeramy
Jeramy,
Incredible. Bacon and lightly smoked flavors. Fatty and robust with earthy remnants
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Too young, too simple, not my taste
 
alexey
alexey,
Smoky and peaty with long aftertaste, but not very complex. Phenols and oils are very pronounced. Great campfire taste.
 
Dirk
Dirk,
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.
 
Keara
Keara,
Smoky with a bite
 
Garry
Garry,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Andrej
Andrej,
Quite bitter and shallow.
 
emrys
emrys,
LOVED IT NICE AND SMOKEY HAD A PUNGENT BITE
 
Paul
Paul,
Loved it. Not usually a smoky lover, but this one rocks.
 
Deric
Deric,
Shattered in transit. One more for the angels...
 
Michael
Michael,
Peat on steroids - you either love it you don't. I love it. Worth a bottle.
 
Martin
Martin,
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.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Pepper , phenols with the seaweed weren’t my thing.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
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.
 
Ron
Ron,
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.
 
Jure
Jure,
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!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Nice a smoky with some peat
 
michael
michael,
great strength, flavours of the smoky and peat are perfect,worth the money.
 
Dean
Dean,
Not bad, just really don't understand the draw of cask strength. That being said I am a sucker for smoky and peaty
 
Mark
Mark,
Good strength, very smoky, and earthy. Mellows out beautifully with a few drops of our giver and killer...water.
 
Klemen
Klemen,
Absolutely legendary. 10/10 and kicks Lagavulin 16 in the balls. Although I still love Lagavulin, let's not forget that.
 
Deja
Deja,
Felt like it was burning the enamel off of my teeth.
 
Michal
Michal,
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.
 
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