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Untitled1Interesting. A cheap, twist-off blend… that also happens to be aged and specifically from Islay.

Islay Mist 8y is produced by MacDuff International, the same people who gave us Grand MacNish – which has been referred to as “scrotch”. Less interesting, more worrisome.

And a look at the back of the bottle points to its use of Laphroaig in the mix… interesting again.

From their website, apparently this was originally blended in 1922 for some Lord’s birthday party. They looked for a custom blend because they were worried not everyone could handle the full Islay single malt experience. Marketin’ since been marketin’, yo. Here’s what we thought:

smell
Dan – woody, smokey, burn
Simon – fireplace, spent matches
Goran – rosewater, black pepper, mildly medicinal
Ryan – currants, vanilla
Davey – cidery

neat
Dan – light on tongue but lingers, charcoal, te bheag
Simon – smoked, very nice
Goran – very sweet, chocolate, no bite, no smoke
Ryan – nibs, mild, smoke, apples
Davey – accessible, little whisky face

splash
Dan – opens but changes texture, sweetness
Simon – dissassembled, not recommended
Goran – surprisingly unnecesary, n/a
Ryan – n/a
Davey – n/a

Islay Mist 8y Blended Scotch – 40% 750ml – $26.95 – Islay

Try it? Not necessary. Buy it? Good shelf filler.

3 Comments on “Islay Mist 8y Blended Scotch with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey”

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  2. I really like Islay Mist 8. You certainly won’t mistake it for a single malt. Its too light and sweet. But, it does have some genuine peaty notes that everyone likes so much. This is, by far, my favourite blended scotch, and the only one that I buy.

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