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MacDuff International Islay Mist Deluxe Blend

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

30th Sep 2015


MacDuff International Islay Mist Deluxe Blend
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  • Brand: MacDuff International
  • ABV: 40%

Had to buy this cheap blend because of the Islay influence, Laphroaig malt has been used in the making. Also some Speyside content is present.

This isn't as bad as I thought it would be, surprisingly tasty for its kind. I think the malt percentage is high. But the Islay feel isn't big, like my title suggests. More like an Island feel.

Nose: Promising start with coastal notes. Salty, seafood mixed with air breeze. Some grainy notes and Speyside sweetness. Vanilla and creamy toffee.

Taste: Sweet, very light and bit watery. Speyside is there surely. Malt dominates more than the grains.

Finish: Sea salt and spices, some medicinal notes and sour notes. Even in the finish the grains don’t show that much – which makes this delicate blend a good one in my book.

Balance: Not the most balanced one but nicely malty side. With more character it would rank higher. Still, a good score from me, when thinking about blends.


Victor commented

@Rantavahti, thanks for your review.

I am very curious to try these various Islay Mist products. Jim Murray describes the Islay Mist Deluxe Blend "remains a highly unusual blend". I really like the 8 yo version, much more than I expected I would, and it is stunningly inexpensive here right now.

Even at a steal of a price ($ 12, right now, after a rebate)I just can't see myself drinking "Laphroaig Light" often in preference to any bottling of bona fide Laphroaig. But if I could not get Laphroaig, there is no question that I would drink the Islay Mist 8 yo. If I saw it at a bar at an event and there were no malts available I would be very pleased indeed to be able to drink it.

And I would choose Islay Mist 8 yo any day of the week in preference to standard White Horse blended Scotch, which is "Lagavulin Light".

8 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

@Victor Haven't tried the 8yo but after this, I'd really like to. The prices surely are reasonable. And yes, even this Deluxe would also be my choice over White Horse, it has more character.

8 years ago 0