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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

8th Sep 2013


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I know a lot of people like the idea of a cheap Islay malt, and this whisky tends to be fairly popular among peat-heads. I like the idea to, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

McClelland's Islay is, to the best of my knowledge, 5 year old Bowmore single malt. On the nose there is lemon, thin smoke (burnt paper), damp earth, even a bit of mint. Not a bad nose, though not very substantial.

Fairly light on the tongue, and somewhat sour. The arrival is a bit sweet but then the taste of damp, charred wood arrives. The peat and citrus notes are there but are not very refined. It is neither as satisfying as a single malt should be, nor as easy-drinking as a decent blend. Doesn't beg for repeated sipping.

The finish is a bit peaty but that sour citrus note dominates.

Balance is what this malt really lacks. It is not a harmonious experience to me. The citrus is too sharp, the smoke too thin, and the predominate character is that funky charred wood note that gives the whisky a slightly dirty feel. I was lukewarm about this whisky at first but after having a few bottles I've decided that I really don't like it.

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Nozinan commented

It took you a few bottles to decide you don't like it? That shows dedication. If it was that bad I'd have ditched it after 2-3 drams!

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Megawatt commented

I don't mean a few bottles in a row. I mean I had it years ago, was not crazy about it, decided to give it another chance. Should have gone with my gut.

10 years ago 0

SMC commented

Well I'll still be buying the Islay and Speyside McClelland's. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I don't think they're that bad. I'm currently going through a bottle of Black Grouse and for the same price would much rather drink McClelland's Islay.

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