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Ian Macleod - The Six Isles

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Ian Macleod - The Six Isles

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Ian Macleod - The Six Isles

I didn't really pay attention to this bottle when I first saw it. To start with it's a tin and one dent makes it bothersome to store and something about the artwork didn't grab me. Later, when I realised it was a vatting from the six whisky Islands of Scotland (Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran ), I was excited. I'm fond of the Island expressions (polarised on Jura though...) and was keen to see if six styles can be captured in one bottle.

The colour is very pale (no artificial colouring), like watered down apple juice for babies - not that you should take that as an endorsement to liquor up your babies.

Nose: Peat, a Highland Park/Talisker/Islay peat, honey, sea salt, bacon, ushering through the peat and the Highland Park dominates and comes to the forefront.

Taste: Oily, honey, salt

Finish: Peat on the finish, lingering longer with citrus on the back of the tongue

The highlight of this whisky is the nose and finish. The taste itself is lost between the nosing and finish and is somewhat reserved. If this is what vatting young single malts produce, then why are more bottlers not doing this? My first impressions are strong.

Good start? That's about to change.

I let the bottle sit for 48 hours and make the following notes:

Nose: Honey, sea salt, grassy

Taste: Oily, white pepper, honey, butter, salt

Finish: Salt, the peat has reduced to a quarter of its previous strength and makes for a short finish lacking in depth

Is this the same bottle? The profile has shifted and not for the best. The peat and Highland Park nose is gone. The taste is almost the same. It’s the nose and finish that has changed drastically and makes it flat and lacking in complexity. This is a bland and subdued imitation of its former self.

Previously I tried a sample of this expression in a store and it lacked the peaty nose and finish. As I have had a repeat of this experience I suspect this is a result of oxidisation. It's not offensive, it's nice, and it lost what made it strong.

I had a bottle of the Pomerol finish a few years ago and it was excellent. Simultaneously zippy and rich. I've been trying to find another ever since.

If you're a fan of, say, Talisker DE, you should pick it up if ever another is to be found out there.

Very good blendes malt. I have been enjoying this one alot over the last week. It makes a mean highball 1 part SI 2 parts schwepps soda and a twist of grapefruit. Neat I get à mon of Bowmore, highland park and Arran.


The Six Isles is a blended malt that should be a ‘true reflection of the Isles’. It contains 6 whiskies from Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran. It is not that hard to identify them. Skye has only Talisker, Mull must be Tobermory (probably the peated Ledaig), Orkney is Highland Park (since the back label says ‘Orcadian Malt’, so it is not Scapa), Arran is – well – Arran. So the only unknown quantity here is the Ileach.

The nose starts very nicely peated, but also soft, and offers medicinal aromas, a touch of tar (I like the sound of that), cured bacon on the barbecue, but also a lot of sweetness from citrus, honey and juniper berries. Some vanilla and creamy butter in the background. Heather and even some violets. Soft is the keyword here.

Slighly oily in the mouth. Feisty with white pepper and sweet peat. I daresay the component of Highland Park dominates. Heather, gums, citrus, toffee, salt. Good stuff!

The finish can be called medium in length with some good will, but it is definitely drying on ashes and spices.

This is a very nice, altogether soft, after-dinner-dram for peat novices. Very friendly priced too.

Why does 'Orcadian Malt’ preclude Scapa?

On the face of it, it should not preclude Scapa, but then again Highland Park is often referred to as the Orcadian Malt, so it is a safe bet that it is HP and not Scapa.

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