Ian Macleod

8 Years Old

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 17, Issue 44
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Brand: Isle of Skye, Ian Macleod
Expression: 8 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended
Age: 8 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Scorched earth. Brimstone and treacle.
Palate: Sweet. Firm, crunchy, maltiness. Hard cream toffee, then peanut brittle. Salted peanuts.
Finish: Salty. Peppery. Sweet mustard. Long, with repeated bursts of warmth.
Comment: Tasty, satisfying. Linger over it. It opens up after a long time in the glass.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Needs lots of time to open in the glass. Maderia cake, oak, cigar smoke and rumbling peatness.
Palate: Starts with a mix of scented, but sooty peat smoke (like inside a kiln) dry wood, rooty flavours.
Finish: Long, smoky then softening.
Comment: A grumbly bass-note blend but it all seems slightly muted, as if the blanket of smoke has dampened things down.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Heathery, slightly splintery, very light smoke. Sweeter with water. Vanilla. Quite distant. Lacks life.
Palate: Soft and sweet. Flows well. Orange crates, light soot, nutty.
Finish: Pretty short.
Comment: Though it flows well and has balance it just lacks complexity and energy.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Grenadine. Biscuity. Shortbread. Becoming slightly nutty. Soft spices. Touch of cumin.
Palate: Sweet, too sweet. Syrupy. Barley sugar. Caramel. Coffee flavoured toffee.
Finish: Tightened up. Sweet all the way, then leaves a warm feel back in the throat. Rhubarb jam.
Comment: Nose and palate seem to be flattened by excess of sickly sweetness.
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