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The Six Isles

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Ian Macleod

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: More than good, only its lightish side at times may be seen as a very minor flaw. What’s more, it does not feel ‘too young’, at all.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The palate opens with brine, iodine and a modest amount of peat, plus brisk citrus and vegetal bell pepper midpalate and finishing with a mouthwatering twist of black pepper.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, this fairly inexpensive blend goes to great lengths to capture the best aspects of each Isles character to deliver a profile that is complex, easy drinking and exuberantly ready for colder weather.
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  • Intro:

    Today's scotch whiskey review comes to us in the form of The Six Isles - a fairly new expression that contains components from the six islands surrounding Scotland: Islay, Jura, Sky, Mull, Orkney and Arran. Bottled at 43% ABV with no coloring or filtering, this straw hued dram is begging for our attention as the weather has turned to indicate winter is arriving. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Rich slivered almond, fresh lemon bar, moist moss and a full bodied maritime presence. Brine, honey and faint smoke lend complexity to the nose and pair well with the fresher, sweeter notes as well.

  • Taste:

    Pepper immediately jumps out - the medium body mouth feel and lack of heat ushers in some sweet cream, ash, pepper, rising bread and a dank oceanic character. Moss, faint ash, a hint of plastic, lemon curd and vanilla bean round out the palate.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium finish lends a much smokier impression than expected from the nose, though it delivers cleanly. Ash, brine, a hint of sweetness and lemon bar sees this dram out.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this fairly inexpensive blend goes to great lengths to capture the best aspects of each Isles character to deliver a profile that is complex, easy drinking and exuberantly ready for colder weather.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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