Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
19 years old
Number of bottles
52.8 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
15 Oct 2017 4:48 pm by lumahl64
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 399.00

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Whisky Reviews for The Dark Side of Islay 19-year-old MoS

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice bottling. Does not make it to the level of the Scarabus, but very appealing in it's own right.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peatsmoke with a profound fruitiness. Bonfires, piccalilly, mustard, plum, fig, raisins and some apricot. Also salted macadamia nuts, furniture polish and Worcester sauce in the background.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Even more fruitiness shifting to the foreground. Sweet syrupy sherry, forest fruits, plum, raisins, cherries, sweet liquorice, quite spicy with chili and black peppers, also some more ashy and dusty wood notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long: red fruit syrup, liquorice, mild chili peppers, charcoal and toasted wood.

  2. Nikilema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  3. Whiskyzoom scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior


    To speak with Dittsche, whom I admire: "It puffs and lays on my tongue like dew. It's pure titanium. "With this complex, smoky, intense, fruity whiskey, Malts of Scotland met my taste. The issue price of about 150 € was of course a decent announcement, but in retrospect, the issue well worth it. Today's € 230 and upwards I would not spend more, but since Malts of Scotland also always makes 5cl-minis, which should still be available, I would recommend one of these tasting Minis specifically for sale. Only the name "Octovulin" causes me a little annoyance, because he misleadingly aufspringt on the Octomorehype and suggests that this is an Octomore contained in the blend. As far as I know, Octomore has only been burned by Bruichladdich since 2002, so it can not be included in a 19-year blend from 2017.
    • Nose
      Immediately, an intense smoky note blows around my nose, accompanied by a dark, heavy sweetness. If there was no red wine barrel in action, I would be very surprised, because the sweetness brings clearly pickled red grapes and red berries with it. A little time in the glass ensures that the fruits are even more visible, the smoke is reduced to a charcoal grill that cocosises in the background. Just before the first sip, someone seems to top up the grill with bacon.
    • Taste
      Thick, greasy smoke rolls over the tongue and warps straight back into the throat, while the barely noticeable nose strength makes itself noticeable at least once. The bacon from the grill seems to be spiced with neat salt and pepper and after a short burning with red wine to have been extinguished. The red berries from the nose condense on the tongue clearly to alcoholic strawberries for the Sommerbowle. The malt becomes more and more sweeter and sweeter with time and also an oak note comes out, which, after I've tasted it, now also appears in the nose.
    • Finish
      Long and fat. First salty with charred oak, later he fades out with heavy sweetness and mild smoke.

  4. Mr.Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Interesting complex malt that is not easy to grasp.
    • Nose
      smoke, mint, fruity, earthy, vanilla
    • Taste
      malty, smoke, salty, fruity
    • Finish
      peppery, ginger, oaky, cold ash

  5. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant blended malt, vivid and intense, smoky but not too much. Nice fruity notes adjoin with gentle minerality producing together very good balance. Quite pricey but definitely worth tasting.
    • Nose
      Soft moke, light fruitiness (mainly yellow apples), some red berries, lemon pie, toffee, hint of vanilla, wet chalk on the background. Water releases sweet caramel and earthy notes with touch of grilled bacon. Later come very light farmy notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet, ashy, a bit spicy (ginger and white pepper), currant jam. Dilution fades down the smoke and opens orchard fruity notes along with salty coastal touch and some minerality. Very gentle touch of oak at the end.
    • Finish
      Long, somewhat salty, nuts and leather tones, some berry marmalade, cold ashes, fading sweetness.

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    quite an intense dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      smoke, red fruits, strawberry, chili peppers, grilled pork, smoked beef.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Next to being in line with the nose it is a bit sour and astringent.
    • Finish
      87 87
      lost of ash and burned wood.

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A ripe top whiskey!

    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      Combination of smoke and sherry; Raisins, oak, seasoning; (Caol Ila- nose?);
    • Taste
      diluted: voluminous, strong tingling onset; dry smoke, berries, raisins, sherry, bitter choco .; spicy oak;
    • Finish
      long, sweet finish; ashen finish;

  8. Falnor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great blend of islay's. Still the first 'dark side of islay' is better.
    • Nose
      Ah yes, those sour and fresh red berries followed by sweeter strawberries. Burning charcoal and fruit covered in ashes.
    • Taste
      Salty seawinds, smoldering fire, sweet beef jerky, roast beef with cranberry juice and grilled lemons.
    • Finish
      Combination of lime, citrus and peaty fire.

  9. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice mix of mild notes of spiciness, peat and sweet fruitiness. That fruitiness is dried fruit, such as dates and raisins. The spiciness has notes of nutmeg.The taste translates the fragrance very well in terms of the spiciness and fruitiness. Beside this, sweet notes of licorice, which remain clearly present in the long aftertaste too.

    In time this dram gets sweeter and sweeter...

    In short, a gift from a colleague that makes me very happy!!

  10. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I do not like it as much as the SCARABUS, although the Octovulin is still very strong
    • Nose
      stronger, more present smoke than its predecessor SCARABUS, ashen and dry. Intensely spicy, cinnamon, pepper, carbonated cedar and burnt herbs. Behind it sweet red fruit, currants and strawberry jam, underlaid with vanilla. Associations of barbecue come up
    • Taste
      Again, the smoke as a door opener. Violent, but not unpleasant. Maritime salts and mineral notes mix with the spice of the wood, which also stands out very clearly here (wine casks from European oak?). The fruit is there, but only hesitantly
    • Finish
      It is said that she struggles to fight her way through the slightly fierce smoky carpet. If one has become accustomed to it, then intensively sweet fruits rise to the palate and linger there, while the mouth area dries out noticeably and an ashy coating remains behind


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