Islay

Whiskies from the Islay region of Scotland.

August 12, 2017
Port Charlotte 10YO review

Port Charlotte 10YO Second Edition review

WhiskyRant conclusions Tasting notes Port Charlotte 10 year old Second Edition single malt whisky was released in 2016 – as part of a trio of 10 year old whiskies, along with Octomore & Laddie Ten, released by Bruichladdich. Second Edition is a successor for Port Charlotte PC10. Its alcohol by […]
April 11, 2017
Compass Box The Lost Blend

Compass Box The Lost Blend review

Compass Box The Lost Blend is a continuum to their first blended malt called Eleuthera, released in 2001. First whisky ever by Compass Box was Hedonism by the way, a blended grain whisky which I got a chance to taste in 2016. Eleuthera was a blended malt containing approximately 80% […]
February 18, 2017
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley – heavily peated whisky review

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley is a heavily peated whisky from Bruichladdich distillery who usually are known for unpeated whiskies. If you don’t count Bruichladdich’s über peated range called Octomore. Actually their Port Charlotte range is nowadays so wide, that you can forget the statement “Islay’s non-peated distillery”, which was widely […]
December 28, 2016
Compass Box Flaming Heart

Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Whisky review

Celebrating Compass Box’s fifteenth anniversary, the 2015 edition of Flaming Heart is another fine example of top notch blending by John Glaser and his company. Glaser has been named “Innovator of the Year” four times by Whisky Magazine and “Pioneer of the Year” twice by Malt Advocate. He has stated […]
November 26, 2016
Lagavulin 8YO single malt whisky

Lagavulin 8 year old single malt review

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes Lagavulin 16 year old single malt is my all-time favorite, so needless to say, I’m a big fan of Lagavulin distillery. Lagavulin is not known for wide range of whiskies: they have their flagship whisky, the 16YO, and a cask strength 12YO – both absolute beauties. […]
July 27, 2016
Bowmore Tempest 10YO review

Bowmore Tempest VI 10 year old review

Like the name states, Bowmore Tempest VI 10 year old single malt is the 6th batch of the nowadays famous Tempest series by one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Bowmore was founded in 1779 and it is the oldest distillery in Islay region. Bowmore is one of only 6 […]
June 12, 2016
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Black Bottle (new bottling) review

Black Bottle was relaunched in 2013 by Burn Stewart Distillers. They decided to change its nature – the old version (which was revitalised in 1990) was a blend of almost every Islay malt whisky and grains from different regions. This new bottling of Black Bottle Blended Scotch whisky is a […]
June 4, 2016
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Lagavulin 12 year old single malt whisky review (2015 and 2014 editions)

Lagavulin 12yo 2015 edition Lagavulin 12yo 2014 edition Lagavulin 12 year old single malt is a yearly special release by one of my favorite distilleries in the world, the Lagavulin distillery from Islay. I just absolutely love their 16 year old peated single malt from the core range. Well, I […]
February 11, 2016

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood Finish review

It’s been a while since I tasted a sample of this single malt whisky made for Laphroaig Fèis Ile 2013. So this is an old review but I figured out I had to get it online like all of my whisky reviews. Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood Finish is a limited […]
February 6, 2016
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Classic of Islay Jack Wieber 2015 review

Friend of mine told me about a German importer from Berlin, who has released bottlings under the name of Jack Wieber since 1998. Jack Wiebers Whisky World is a wholesale business operating in Wiener Strasse, Berlin. Owned by Lars-Göran Wiebers, the whisky shop is specialized in independent and rare bottlings. And they do release […]
December 1, 2015
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Bunnahabhain 12 year old review

Bunnahabhain distillery is a good divergent from the region of Islay, because their whiskies are usually lightly peated. Like this entry level Bunnahabhain 12 year old, which nowadays comes in a redesigned bottle and at higher strength. It is also declared to be un-chill filtered and natural coloured. Bunnahabhain has […]
November 28, 2015

Finlaggan Old Reserve review

Finlaggan Old Reserve is another “bang for the buck whisky” for “peatheads” like me. It comes from Islay and is bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company, but nothing else is being told about the whisky. Even the maturation is a guarded secret, but I’d guess it to be Ex-Bourbon […]
September 18, 2015
Islay Mist

Islay Mist Deluxe Blend review

Believe it or not, the Islay Mist blended whisky has some history behind it – it was first launched in the 1920’s. Islay Mist Deluxe got its inspiration from a special blend made for the 21st birthday of the first Lord Margadale, Laird of Islay. This whisky has some peating level, because malt […]
September 1, 2015
Dammenberg whisky chocolades – review

Laphroaig whisky chocolate – dark chocolate review

These beauties come from Tampere, Finland. Dammenberg is a chocolate company famous for making handmade chocos for everyone. That means, that they make allergen-free chocolates. Dammenberg’s products are entirely free of nuts, gluten, egg and GMO, and all are Halal certified. The company also makes soy-, milk- and sugar-free chocolates. With a […]
September 1, 2015
Chocolat made out of whisky – Laphroaig whisky milk chocolate review

Laphroaig whisky chocolate – milk chocolate review

Dammenberg is a Finnish company famous for making handmade chocolat for everybody. They make allergen-free chocolates – products, that are entirely free of nuts, gluten, egg and GMO. Their chocolates are also Halal certified. Dammenberg makes also soy-free, milk-free and sugar-free chocolat. Delivering specialties in the business field of chocolate, […]
July 17, 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 review

Kilchoman is a young, promising farm distillery in Islay. Started at 2005, Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 release was also their first release of this sherry cask matured, peated single malt whisky. Kilchoman is a small distillery with 90 000 litre capacity per year. They are one of the 6 Scottish […]
July 16, 2015

Laphroaig PX Cask Triple Matured review

Laphroaig PX Cask replaced their Triplewood in the travel retail but like its predecessor, the PX Cask expression has been matured in three different casks too. With the difference, that Laphroaig PX Cask spends its last 12 months in Pedro Ximenez Ex-Sherry casks. The whole maturation process goes like this: […]
July 16, 2015

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2012 review

Kilchoman Machir Bay is a young peated and sherry cask finished malt by the newest distillery in Islay, Kilchoman. They started in 2005 and by doing so, they were the first distillery built on the region of Islay in 124 years. Kilchoman is a farm distillery, so in some releases […]
July 15, 2015
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Bruichladdich 15 year old 1st Edition review

This is the First Edition of Bruichladdich 15 year old, matured 85% in American Ex-Bourbon and 15% in Ex-Sherry Spanish Oak. The 2nd Edition was matured only in American Oak and finished in Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes casks. Lightly peated, non chill-filtered and colouring free, like Laddies tend to be. Artsy […]
July 14, 2015

Kilchoman 100% Islay 2nd Edition review

Kilchoman 100% Islay 2nd Edition is a fifty-fifty vatting of 3 and 4 year old whisky matured in first fill and re-fill Ex-Bourbon casks. Kilchoman distillery started producing single malt whisky in 2005. It was the first distillery to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. The […]
July 13, 2015
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White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky review

White Horse Scotch is a blended whisky from Edinburgh, named after a famous Edinburgh hostelry. The production was started by James Logan Mackie in 1861. The brand is nowadays owned by Diageo and Lagavulin is the base malt for this malt and grain blend. It contains approximately 40% malt whisky. […]
June 30, 2015
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Ardbeg Ardbog review

Well, it’s been two years since the tasting of this one but what the heck, better late than never with the reviews…Ardbog is a limited edition whisky by the Ardbeg distillery, famous for its peated whiskies from Islay. Ardbog was released during Fèis Ìle whisky festival and it was produced […]
June 24, 2015
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Elements of Islay Bn4 review

Elements of Islay Bn4 is the fourth batch from Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled by the independent bottler Speciality Drinks. This dark and sweet character felt like a nice addition into the Elements of Islay series, even though I only had a chance to take few sips of it on our way to Taivaanranta […]
May 19, 2015
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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin review

I am in no means a gin enthusiast. My favorite alcoholic drink besides whisky is gin tonic. But enjoying gin without a mixer is not what I usually do. That’s why you shouldn’t take my word too seriously.For a whisky aficionado and an Islay malt lover, Botanist Islay Dry Gin […]
April 18, 2015
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Smokehead Extra Black 18 year old review

Smokehead 18 year old single malt is a 6000 bottle limited release by Ian Macleod – a mystery dram from Islay. There’s also a non age statement whisky under the Smokehead brand, launched in 2006. It is much cheaper and presumably, better available than this 18YO Extra Black. The name, […]
January 30, 2015
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Ardbeg Uigeadail review

Obviously I’ve already heard that Ardbeg Uigeadail is a legendary non age statement whisky by the famous smoke whisky producer in Islay. But I didn’t know that when I first discovered this whisky by accident (got a miniature gift bottle while purchasing the Ardbeg 10yo). Ardbeg Uigeadail has made quite […]
January 16, 2015
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Bowmore Small Batch review

Bowmore Small Batch is matured in first and second fill ex-bourbon casks. Coming from Islay, it is surprisingly light all the way. Yes, there is some of that signature peat smoke buried on the back. But we’re talking about wee hints of it. And even when talking about other things […]
January 15, 2015
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Black Bottle (old bottling) review

I’m glad I got to taste the discontinued old bottling of Black Bottle. According to rumours, it has malt from almost every distillery in Islay (Kilchoman not included). And grain whisky from Speyside, Highland and Lowland. Whiskies contained in this old bottling are thought to be at least 7 years […]
December 10, 2014
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Bowmore 12 year old review

One of THE USUAL SUSPECTS of smoke Even with 40% ABV level, Bowmore 12 year old is one of the heavy hitters of smoke. Not as heavy as the 10 year old drams from Ardbeg or Laphroaig. But still, one of The Usual Suspects, when it comes to smoke whisky. […]
December 8, 2014
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Ardbeg 10 year old review

Ardbeg distillery can be traced back to 1794, but it had to be closed in the 1980’s. It almost became one of the lost distilleries of Scotland, but fortunately Ardbeg was bought by Glenmorangie in 1997. The distillery got a major investment programme and the rest is certainly a big […]
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