Sometimes a blend comes along that has it all. The complexity of flavor, just the right ratio of all ingredients, body like no other and the combination of subtle smoke and peat with the sweet parts of the Blend. Guys at Ian Macleod have done just that with this Blend. They’ve elegantly put together just the right flavors that represent Island and Speyside Whisky.
Ian Macleod is a big name in the Whisky industry game and this blend brings us their best of blending. Put together the mellowness of Speyside and a twist of Talisker give it some extra rest together in oak barrels and you get this creation. Smoky almost salty with sweet on top this is really is a Blend that has much to offer.
I only tried a sample but it was the most delicious scotch I’ve tried.
strong caramel with spicy finish
Aggressive nose but surprisingly mellow on the taste. Caramel, oak, and smoke come through but everything is very subtle. The flavors are all so light that it doesn't really leave much of an impression. Safe and forgettable.
Like the light smoke
For $42 this is a great dram. Caramel, oak, and vanilla flavors are followed with a smokey finish and a hint of peat.
Some peat on the nose with a soft peat flavor.
Not too spicy the second time around. Smoky enough. And not too sweet.
Good but not great. Smoke not too overpowering. Water brings out a little more sweetness.
Salty and smoky like a california summer.
First sip heavy on the smoke. But subsequent sips I get the caramel. Finish sits long. Mixed on this one.
For price? Give it a go...not bad
Quite smooth compared to other Islay whiskies but lacking in the complexity that makes its peers interesting beyond the peat
It's a nice whisky for $40 👍🏼
Starts smooth, but that smoky flavor kills all other flavors after that. Gets a little better as the ice melts.
Enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. Carmel and sweet upfront with just the right amount of bite. Smoke is a big component but it’s really well restrained and a bit more on the mid palate. Really enjoyable everyday drinker or as an intro to peat.
Not for us. Smoky/peaty flavor dominates
Good bit a little too smoky.
Nice light amber color. Aroma of Carmel, honey, and light smoke. Nice mouthfeel, some spice and peat up front with orange and honey. I also get a hint of brine and some malt flavors. Finish has some spice and smoke. Not a super long finish.
Too much caramel, or almost metallic taste. Not one of my favorites.
Day 2 of the 2019 advent calendar- Full disclosure - I’m just not a fan of scotch. Seems ok; typical average scotch flavors (peat, smoke) I guess. I like the spice in the finish.
Spicy and lightly smoky with sweet finish
Not bad for the price but. A little light on the flavor not super robust.
I generally don’t like scotch because of the Peat taste. Isle of Skye 12 year maintains the smoke and spice of scotch, but loses that heavy peat taste and I thoroughly enjoy it.
Color is amber. Nose starts with mild peat smoke. Sifting through the peat, layers of fruit and vanilla appear. Finally, notes of malt appear. First sip is creamy in texture, with mild peat smoke and spice, with vanilla and subtle dried fruit in the background. On further sips, notes of milk chocolate are apparent. Finish is short, with the peat and a little fruit just barely lingering. Overall, nothing amazing, and definitely could use more finish, but for the price, this is a solid value.
very smooth, very approachable, sweet and light smoke
Nice to gulp not too strong or too weak,good taste
Really lpved the taste in the taste box
Did not enjoy it at all.
Extremely smooth finish. Nice smoke flavor. Will definitely buy again.
I can taste the sweetness right away and immediately after the smokiness. Very smooth.
Very smooth and complex, nice smokiness with all the flavors described in description.
It is an outstanding, balanced, Blended Whisky with a grainy birth; while a spicy & slightly smoky life; leads to a rich & oily death with notes of sea salt. (mixed popcorn tin in a bottle)
This is everything a good blend should be. From the moment it hit my nose I was intrigued and my first sip didn't disappoint. As someone who drinks mainly single malts, I enjoy a good blend from time to time and this one will have a permanent home in my bar. Very reminiscent of Johnnie Walker double black which is another outstanding blend.
smell and taste the smoke, spicy
Smooth, you can taste the caramel and vanilla in it.
Not as complex as the single malts that I have been tasting (not a knock on blendeds -- it is only the first one I’ve tried), but enjoyable, especially the long end in a fine honey, sherry smoke
Very peaty out of the bottle. Once allowed to breathe it opens up a bit to some honey tasting and spicy notes
Sweet aroma, spicy and nutty flavor, mild smokey finish.
Heavy sweet malt with a soft smoke to it.
Nice Smokey aroma to start which comes out strong to begin the taste and lingers until the end. Hint of nut and vanilla and sweetness to finish.
It was a good whisky. No real smokey character as I would expect from a scotch. Good flavor and leaned towards the sweet side.
It was okay.
A fantastic, balanced, full-flavor whiskey. Slight sweetness rounds out rather than overpowers smokiness.
Good but not great - there are better drams.
Initially quite nutty with a hint of smoke. As I progressed the vanilla came out. Very enjoyable.
Sweet, not as smoky as I expected. Smooth finish.
Great value buy. Light smoke, strong malt and spice.
Lots of citrus, easy to drink. Smokey finish. A tad too sweet for a scotch.
Taste like cloraseptic throat spray
I was a bit surprised by the amount of spiciness that this scotch kicked out at the initial taste. The smoke slowly arrived after the hints of vanilla and citrus subsided. It leaves a nicely aged oak barrel hint on the pallet after it's all said and done.
Sweet and soft
This blend reminded me of Johnie Walker Black. I like it but I also like paying less for Johnie.
Not what I was expecting, probably a one-and-done, agree with other reviews that could be priced as a 10 year, got the smoke but that's about it
Like a highland. Supposed to be smokey (tasting spiral), but that's not what I tasted. A bit too sweet for me, but I would drink it, if offered.
Great scotch...great job...
Very mellow. Nice.
For the price point, this blend is incredible. It's very smooth, but shows very balanced smoky notes. It really does taste like a single malt more than a blend, which is impressive.
Smooth enough, but weakly flavored, this 12-year should be priced as an 8- or 10-year. Not fruity enough to be called fruity or spicy enough to be called spicy, each sip leaves the sipper unfulfilled.