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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Islands Blended Malt, Chapter 7 – Batch 1, 49%

Review #451
This is from the series “A Whisky Anthology” and this, the first batch, had an output of 1424 bottles. It is a blend of whiskies from Islay, Jura, Arran and Orkney. Light citrusy peat in the smell at first. Some oak and burned caramel as well. Like burned-burned! After some minutes in the glass some oranges and grape appears.

More peat in the taste. Like good old Island peat! Still with the citrusy touch but some rough notes like grass and hay comes to mind. The finish is a mix of all the before mentioned things with a sweet and bitter touch. Vanilla sweetness and bitterness from the wood.

The alcohol burn is very mild considering the 49 %. The blend is done well, and better than many Island single malts. It is a bit young, but it doesn’t lack complexity – and that is not often I come across that! I will give this 84/100 (20/21/21/22).

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