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Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Featured

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Premium quality 8 Years Old Blend – the recognised age of maturity for many malt whiskies. Few blends offer any age statement. 8 years old defines the age of the youngest whisky in the blend, the majority of the malts in Isle of Skye are much older.

From the Distillery Website: https://www.ianmacleod.com/brands/isle-skye

Origins in that most widely celebrated of Scottish Islands: Skye, home of the Clan Macleod.

An exceptionally smooth and mellow Blended Scotch whisky containing a high proportion of carefully selected Island and Speyside Malts.

Honey/vanilla sweet Speyside flavour allied to smoky/peaty Island influences to give a well balanced distinctive blend.

Bottled in a range of sizes – 1.5 litre, 75cl, 70cl, 35cl and 5cl.

Also available at 12 years old

 

Review 126 5th May 2021

This review looks at the 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 'Isle of Skye' from Ian Macleod Distillers Limited.
Bottled at 40% ABV, it is both Chill Filtered (CF) and Colour Adjusted.

It is widely available, example prices  at the time of recording include:

Amazon £14.64
Master of Malt £18.94
House of Malt £18.94
Tyndrum £19.50

Giving an average price of £18.00

For its value score it achieves 82.5 out of 100. The decent value score (For its target audience/category) is a reflection of it having an age statement and being priced below £20, having an age statement for a sub £20 bottle is quite an uncommon thing.

With regards to cask maturation, they aren't too transparent, however, there are clues in the descriptions both on their website and retailers, we can have a pretty good guess that it is a vatting of Ex-bourbon matured and Sherry Matured. Ian Macleod Distillers Limited do say on their website that the blend includes whiskies from carefully selected Island and Speyside whiskies, but does it include Talisker? it's home also being the Isle of Skye. It is Peated, so there is a chance that some Talisker has made its way into the blend. Ian Macleod Distillers Limited own Tamdhu and Glengoyne distilleries, so we would guess the latter whisky may makeup part of the blend.

On the nose, is comes across as a typical blended scotch with sweet grain notes being the most dominant first impression. There is some fruit sweetness and a very slight smoke note finally appearing, but it wasn't immediately obvious.

On the palate, the smoke finally makes its appearance known, it presents as a slightly sweet ashy smoke which threads its way through the whole mouth experience. It liquid starts watery before becoming oily enough to make the occasion worthwhile.
There is, maybe, a touch of sweet peat also present, however, the sweetness is mainly coming from the grain elements of the blend.
There are flashes of heather and some fruit, but not quite sherry fruitcake. It is a darker fruit, maybe stewed fruit. 
This is quite a pepper spice whisky, which does confirm the suspicions that there could well be Talisker in the blend.

For the price we paid, which is just under £14 this is a fantastic buy, we would say this is worth the average price of £18.00. It is certainly better than its non age statement competitors of Bells or The Famous Grouse. It is almost as good, for our mind as Chivas Regal 12 Year Old. This isn't a harsh blended scotch whisky.

We recommend this as a decent every day sipper blended scotch. However, we do consider this to be a Intermediate experience level whisky due to the smoke and spice levels.

For an overall score we give this 86 out of 100.

Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Blend of Speyside, Island and Highland
  • Age Statement: 8 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered: Chill Filtered (CF)
  • Colour Status: Colour Adjusted
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: Undefined
  • Peated / Smoke: Peated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Ex-bourbon matured and Sherry Matured
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 50ml Minature, 350ml, 700ml, 750ml
  • Bottler: Independent Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Average Price (or RRP): £18.00
  • Value Score: 82.5
  • Our Score: 86
  • Ownership: Ian Macleod Distillers Limited
  • Bottle Stopper: Screw Cap
  • Brand: Isle of Skye
  • Packaging: No Packaging
  • Category: Blended Scotch
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