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Review: three Islay Mist blended Scotch whiskies

November 28th, 2009

An Islay whisky-based blend seems very logical. You get the flavors and intensity of an Islay whisky, but with the drinkability of a blended whisky. A good starting point for those wanting to ease their way into Islay whiskies.

Islay Mist, 8 year old, 40%, $24
The nice thing about Islay whiskies is that they often show their true nature better at a younger age. Malty sweet and incredibly herbal (almost gin-like), with emerging tar, smoked seaweed, and olive. Medicinal in nature, with lingering tar and brine on the finish. Fairly straight-forward (What do you expect for 8 years old?) but a pretty decent showing for a whisky this young.

Malt Advocate magazine rating: 79

Islay Mist, 12 year old, 40%, $50
More rounded, with greater depth when compared to the 8 year old offering. Not as medicinal and less sweet, more toffee and less honey, with more dried spice interwoven throughout. The herbs are still there, along with licorice root. Dry, burning ember finish. Nicely balanced too, which makes it my favorite of the three whiskies.

Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86

Islay Mist, 17 year old, 40%, $80
Deeper, darker in personality when compared to its younger siblings, but with the same personality. Drier too—especially on the finish, with added oak resin, espresso, leather and tobacco. Bonus points for character.

Malt Advocate magazine rating: 84

7 Responses to “Review: three Islay Mist blended Scotch whiskies”

  1. bgulien says:

    They are indeed very drinkable whisky. I only know of the 8 yo.
    I usually drink Black Bottle.
    This is a blend incorporating every Islay malt + some grain.
    Is a brand owned by Bunnahabhain.
    Is it offered in the US?
    Comes in 5 and 10 yo.

  2. John Hansell says:

    bghulien, I LOVE Black Bottle 10 yr. old. We gave it our Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year award a few years back. It is available in the U.S.

  3. Red_Arremer says:

    It’s a big shame that BB 10 is discontinued! It was a good deal. Enjoy what you have left. I’ve got a couple of bottles closed.

  4. KildaltonFan says:

    There are very few smokey whiskys available here in Argentina and i’ve yet to see Islay Mist but like bgulien i have found Black Bottle to be available on Mercardo Libre (Argentina’s Ebay)

  5. Carmen Operetta says:

    John can you tell me who has the 8 y.o. Islay Mist now to sell and the Black Bottle in NYC?

  6. Apollyon Mastema says:

    Astor Wine and Spirits, 399 Lafayette St.(at 4th street) in NYC carries Black Bottle for $23. Warehouse Wine and Spirits, 735 Broadway (at Astor Place), carries Islay Mist 8yo for $18 until the end of January 2010.

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