Whiskies of Scotland Blended Islay Malt Whisky
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Whiskies of Scotland Blended Islay Malt Whisky - 1997

Item # 31909 750mL

Pining for a some pure Islay whisky? We know; once you get a taste for that distinctive smoky, sweet, salty flavor that is what this island is all about there is no turning back. Notes include fiery peat smoke, linseed, wafts of sea air, preserved citrus peels, freshly turned earth, dried grass, roasted malt, salt water taffy, and more. The whisky just keeps developing in the glass and seems to unveil new layers every time you come back to it. Made by exclusively blending select single malt casks from the legendary distilleries of Islay, this is like getting the equivalent release from any of those famous names, all in one bottle, for a tiny fraction of the price.

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So if we do a bit of detective work here you could probably figure out which 2 or 3 Islay distilleries made the Malts that comprise this Blended Malt. To my taste, Caol Ila for sure, with a bit of Ardbeg or/and Laphroaig. With this amount of age, the peat has mellowed nicely and has become well integrated with the classic briney, oceanic notes. 17 year old Islay blended malt is very rare, and 17 year old Islay for under $100 is unheard of. The 16 year Lagavulin costs more and the 12 year Caol Ila is only $10 less. 19 year old Ardbeg is $300, as well. These are pre-pandemic prices, and when they're gone, they're gone. If you're looking for something totally unique and a definite step up from your run of the mill Islay malts, here is beautiful, exclusive Scotch.(UPDATE: Ardbeg was in limited procution in the 1990s when this was distilled)

- JGM

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Scotland

History:Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out licenses, and since then, the distillation industry in Scotland has been continuously expanding....

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