2005 Island Distillery (Ledaig) 7 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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This little mystery malt was a favorite of ours from the moment the bung popped out of the cask. Both David and I are huge fans of young, smoky whisky, and this is one of the best under-10 year olds that we've found. It's vibrant, salty, supple, with all the intensity that you'd want out of the best young peaters, but beautifully restrained as well. Now this whisky was distilled on one of Scotland's numerous Isles, that's about all I can tell you regarding the specifics of the distillery. I can tell you that it is not from the Island of Islay, I can tell you that this blows the young Caol Ila that we loved out of the water and I can tell you that our price for this whisky is well below what we'd expected to pay, not to mention well below the cost of that Caol Ila. One thing that struck us about this cask was how different it was from others that we'd seen from this distillery. This whisky is powerful, but with a great deal of nuance at this age. A subtle fresh rubber quality transitions to subtle fruit (maybe light red berries). Altogether a wonderfully idiosyncratic whisky and the first of what we hope to be several young peaty mystery malts to come. (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2013 | Send Email
Peat, honey and a wonderful grainy quality to the aromas(brought out with a few drops of water)lead to similar flavors. Given the strength, this is a whisky with terrific balance and tasty sweet/savory flavors of Carr's wheat biscuits or even a less sweet honeynut Cheerios. Great stuff for the price; I'm definitely buying some!

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2013 | Send Email
I love the intense and young whiskies. Malts that haven’t lost their youthful vigour, that are unabashedly smoky and intense. The mystery malt behind door #1 is bright and fresh, with intense smoke delivered on a palate of grainy sweetness. Bold but in balance, this peaty little number is already on my bar and waiting to impress my friends who think it is Islay or go home for peated malts in Scotland.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2013 | Send Email
No, I don't know who made it so don't ask me. What I can tell you is this. This whiskey is the perfect reply to all those who think that "older is better". This is a brash, youthful, impetuous effort, still redolent with the grassy, floral notes of the malted grain. Wreathed in smoke, head bent intently over a battered Moleskine notebook, writing furiously...who is this guy? An anarchist? A poet? or the billionare founder-to-be of the next great Internet startup? Share a glass, and find out for yourself...

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2013 | Send Email
The Island Distillery 7 single malt is for fans of smokey malts. It has pronounced smoke and is fruity, soft and round,while not being too heavy.This is a fun single malt and is very easy to drink and enjoy.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2013 | Send Email
I love the balance of this young peaty whiskey. Unlike many young "craft" type malts, it does not try to hide the fact that it is young with tricks, and its freshness is a great part of its charm. It is a lovely dram as an after work drink with one large ice cube, and a bracing after dinner drink on its own. The texture is full without being oily, and the finish is remarkably long. I wonder who made it? I'll keep sipping and guessing!
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