Shieldaig Islay Single Malt Whisky
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Ian MacLeod's
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • honey
  • orange zest
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • brine
  • iodine
  • smoky
  • oily
  • nutty

Shieldaig

Islay Single Malt Whisky (0.7l, 40%)
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Islay. Peat. Smoke. Begin lesson no. 1.
 
The story goes that Ian Macleod was the immortal warrior Highlander's second cousin, twice removed... Just kidding. While they share the same clan name, the first isn't in the business of wielding swords and aerating the family jewels, but rather quality spirits. Ian Macleod Distillers is the home of many a brand including Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Isle of Skye, King Robert II, etc. The family-owned op has fought battles of its own, though. They've kept quality over quantity in the face of adversity — ehm — big, bloated corporations.
 
The selection of single malt Scotches that they've gathered under the banner of Shieldaig is named for the picturesque loch and nearby town. We know you're here for the booze, not fishing, but "Shieldaig" comes from Old Norse and stands for "The Loch of the Herring", while "Islay" is Old Norse for "peaty, smoky goodness". We made that last one up but it might as well be true. Now that we've geeked out with the ichthyology and etymology, we'd just like to say that Islay Single Malt is a great little entry point into the smokier side of Scotch.
 
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Ian MacLeod's
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Deep gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Peat and smoke lead the charge in a delicate manner. Charred oak gives way to notes of apples, vanilla, caramel, and honey.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The smokiness is on the oily side. There's rich notes of sweetness, honey, orange zest, caramel, and spice in there. Just a touch of brine and iodine as well.

Finish
It finishes peppery, nutty, and sweet with some residual smoke. 
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  • honey
  • orange zest
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • brine
  • iodine
  • smoky
  • oily
  • nutty
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Character Dogson
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
First-class Whiskies are 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, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
First-class Whiskies are 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, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
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