smoky
peaty
black pepper
phenols
oily
tangy
vanilla
sweet
seaweed
Spiral The Ileach Cask Strength
Ileach
The Ileach Cask Strength
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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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

Ileach The Ileach Cask Strength

(0.7l, 58%)


7.2/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of The Ileach Cask Strength
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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