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
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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.
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.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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.
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.
90% of all Scotch Whiskies sold are Blends.
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