In my last post I looked at the 17 year old Islay Mist. This is the more common expression and probably the most well regarded of the Islay Mist range. It’s quite widely available, even here in Israel, and I often order it at bars because it’s a relative unknown and is priced nice and low (there’s a big problem with pricing whisky at bars here).
I don’t really know what more to say about this, having discussed the brand in my previous post, so let’s get down to the important part.
Aged 12 years. 40%ABV.
Nose: Earthy peat. Quite a rich farmy note (farmy is my euphemism for manure). A somewhat sharp nutty note. Dry wood. Stone fruits. Quite salty. Ozone. Show Polish. Bit of a grain spirit plastic note.
Palate: Good dose of grassy peat here. Leading into caramel toffee, salt and peanuts. Waxy citrus peel. Bitter grain spirit. Cinnamon. Leather.
Finish: Medium. Very bitter wood. Char. Light smoke. Citrus rind. Currants. Woodspice.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
While it does have more oomph and peaty character to it than the 17-year-old, it’s still no monster and quite mellow. It gives a good amount of taste and smoke, but does suffer slightly from the low ABV and filtration (although not as much as one would expect). This still holds as one of my favourite blends.