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Mcclelland's Scotch Single Malt Islay

Mcclelland's Scotch Single Malt Islay

Sku: 100081

Tasting notes
Colour: Warm honey. Body: Full bodied and robust. Nose: Lingering wood cinders of tar and smoke, with just a trace of vanilla and a subtle citrus note. Palate: A strong Islay character with traces of sea salt and burnt oak chips. The smokey nature is apparent throughout; a malty vanilla flavour bringing balance to the overall taste. Finish: A powerful Islay aftertaste of sweet smoke with a hint of iodine.

McClelland's was established in 1818 as a Whisky blending and export firm. Today it is a subsidiary of Morrison Bowmore Distillers. Since 1986 McClelland's has been bottling a range of Scotch Whiskies that reflect the character of various distilling regions. The four bottlings now available offer a great, very reasonably priced introduction to the classic Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, and Islay regions. Although Morrison Bowmore has never revealed the origin of the Islay version we are featuring today, it is presumably the product of young Bowmore barrels.

The unmistakably smoky, peaty character of McClellan's Islay Single Malt is balanced nicely with softer vanilla notes and subtle citrus. A smokey, briny streak continues on the pleasingly malty palate, leading to a sweet smoky finish laced with iodine.

- Rand Sieger, 67 Wine Team

Other text
Islay is the greatest of the whisky islands. Harboured off the West Coast of Scotland, this small island is battered by salt winds, rain and the cold Scottish waters of the Inner Hebrides. This small Scottish island is host to eight whisky distilleries, all producing the most powerful of whisky flavours. Much of the Islay is deep with peat - making the waters flow dark and brown; not only flavouring the whisky but providing a valuable heat source which is still used by the islanders today. It is said that a dram of Islay whisky gives the unmistakable taste of Scotland. The eight distilleries on the island are famous throughout the world for their peaty characteristics and dry finish; behind the smoke however, are gentle mossy scents, traces of seaweed and just a hint of spice.


Try it in this smoky twist on the classic Rob Roy cocktail:

  • 2oz McClelland's Islay Single Malt Scotch

  • .75oz Sweet Vermouth

  • 3 dashes cocktail bitters

Pour ingredients over ice, stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.

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Country: Scotland
Region: Island
Sub-Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt Scotch
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