Islay Mist 17


Islay Mist is a blend bottled by MacDuff International. It it supposed to be based on a blend made for the 21st birthday of the Lord of Margadale in 1920, the idea being to cut the local favourite Laphroaig with some milder mainland and grain whiskies for something less intense. According to the packaging this is still a Laphroaig dirven blend.

There are a number of expressions of this one, both NAS and age stated, with the 12-year-old being the most popular apparently. This is the oldest of the lot and any more information about it is quite sparse.

Aged 17 years. 40%ABV.

Nose: Something farmy. Wet leaves. Unsmoked tobacco. Honeycomb. Chemical smoke. Rich grains. Nutty wood. Leather Caramel sauce.

Palate: Wood oils. Rich wood. Wood smoke. Bit of that grainy burned plastic coming through here, but not very strong. Caramel pudding. Flan.

Finish: Medium. Bitter grain. Bitter wood. Wood smoke. Some bitter fruits. Leather.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

This is a nice one. Not as hugely complex as some whiskies of its age, and by no means a peat monster like Laphroaig, but it has a very nice old-school flavour profile to it. For the price asked it delivers a very decent product.


2 thoughts on “Islay Mist 17

  1. Jerry Kravetzker

    Ugh! The thought of “cutting” Laphroaig (one of my favorites) strikes me as sacreligious! Showed your nose & palate description to wife who scrunched up her face & exclaimed “ewwww”



    1. Apparently there are people who don’t like drinking things that task like seaweed, old engine oil, leather and dirt. I don’t understand them, but they’re out there.


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