The Schtick: Today’s scotch whiskey review comes to us in the form of The Six Isles – a fairly new expression that contains components from the six islands surrounding Scotland: Islay, Jura, Sky, Mull, Orkney and Arran. Bottled at 43% ABV with no coloring or filtering, this straw hued dram is begging for our attention as the weather has turned to indicate winter is arriving. Let’s dive in.
Disclosure: Quest Brands asked me to review this, and sent some along.
Bottler: Ian Macleod
Brand: The Six Isles
ABV: 43% ABV
Nose: Rich slivered almond, fresh lemon bar, moist moss and a full bodied maritime presence. Brine, honey and faint smoke lend complexity to the nose and pair well with the fresher, sweeter notes as well.
Taste: Pepper immediately jumps out – the medium body mouth feel and lack of heat ushers in some sweet cream, ash, pepper, rising bread and a dank oceanic character. Moss, faint ash, a hint of plasic, lemon curd and vanilla bean round out the palate.
Finish: Short to medium finish lends a much smokier impression than expected from the nose, though it delivers cleanly. Ash, brine, a hint of sweetness and lemon bar sees this dram out.
Overall: Overall, this fairly inexpensive blend goes to great lengths to capture the best aspects of each Isles character to deliver a profile that is complex, easy drinking and exuberantly ready for colder weather.
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