Review: three Islay Mist blended Scotch whiskies
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