Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Murray McDavid (MM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
36 years old
Bourbon / Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
40.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Aug 2009 2:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 799.00

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101 × member ratings

110 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Islay Trilogy 1969 MM

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  I bought bottle no. 847 for 141 Euro in March, 2008.  This is the finest vatted (or nowadays called "blended") malt you most probably ever will come across...  It is a vintage 1969 Bowmore (matured in bourbon cask), a 1968 Bunnahabhain (sherry cask) and a 1966 Bruichladdich (bourbon cask) - please read this twice and imagine the result.  I promise, it is even better...

    But why the hell did MMD such a decadent vat?  The explanation is very simple:  Both the high valued Bowmore and Bunnahabhain had fallen below 40% abv in their casks and could not be sold as a single malt edition anymore (you know, below 40% it is just a liqueur not a whisky - that is the law!).  So they vatted these gems with a higher proof Laddie to raise the vat above 40% abv again (40,3% to be precise).

    The result is simply stunning.  The best of Bowmore (exotic fruits, peat) and Bunnahabhain (fat sherry, oily texture) combine with the delicate Bruichladdich (more fruits, creaminess).  One to nose for hours and to sip forever...  To be honest, I find this vat better than all of the single malt vintage editions of 1969 Bowmores, 1968 Bunnas and 1966 Laddies I have tasted so far and that were quite a few!

    By the way:  This is one of the whiskies that is harmed by oxydation over time (it gets flatter, less impressive).  So I advice to rebottle this precious spirit into smaller, completely filled sample bottles as soon as you opened it.  But use new, never used bottles only (at least use new screw caps, otherwise the old content might spoil the new filling - it happens very seldom, but it happens as I experienced myself)!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    Fruity, dull character. Old sherry, leather, dark fruit aromas of elderberry, plum and wild berries. In addition, delicious caramel, honey, nuts and well integrated wood. Very juicy with minimalistic spice. The nose is refined with a bit of marzipan in a dark chocolate coat and a little cocoa - very pleasant.
    Soft, spicy and fruity ... no, very fruity! Again elderberry, plum, berries and lime in creamy cream with vanilla, waxy honey and matching integrated oak wood. Voluminous mouthfeel for 40%! With consistent fruit - Bowmore probably plays the main role here!
    Max. Medium length - fresh, fruity, dull and covered with leather and wood. A sweet and dull harmony (which we would like to last longer).
    91 points
    N: 91P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The ISLAY TRILOGY from Murray McDavid's Mission Wood series is a blended malt. Usually not really my prey scheme. But the composition in this case is just supernatural. 3 barrels. A 1968 Bunnahabhain from a sherry barrel, married with a 1969 Bowmore from a Bourbon barrel and a 1966 Laddie, also from a Bourbon barrel. Heavens, who mixes that kind of thing? Basically economically unthinkable today. At that time he stood on the shelves for a long time until the first ones tried him. It was rumored that originally a double barrel was planned, Bunna and Bowmore, however, threatened to sink below the magic limit of alcoholic content. The 1966 Laddiefass from the old stocks of the distillery should then have saved the 40.3% ABV. Rumors just. A total of 1,200 bottles resulted in Jim's blend in 2005 in the huge old milk container that Duncan and the team at Laddie have turned into the Vattingtank. Eye / nose: Lime sorbet in an ancient wooden cabinet. Tangerines. Smoke pears from the smoker. Sorbets. Above all the unmistakable smell of 'antique' whiskey. Terrific. I could not wait to try it. Palate: Strong, dark tone, lightened mahogany. 'Mouthcoaring', comes to mind spontaneously as Islay Trilogy slowly runs down her tongue. Very intensive. Complex, velvety and fruity. Mangoes, kiwis and grapes lead for my taste. Class! Surprisingly smoky, although the smoky notes can basically come only from the Bowmoreanteil. Probably not from the Bunnahabhain in 1968, nor from the Laddie, because even at Bruichladdich at the time of the distillation in 1966, the days of the old Peated Range had long since passed since Port Ellen Maltings had switched years earlier and shut down his own malt floors , The exotic fruits should also come from the Bowmorean share. Or from Laddie? No matter, the taste is just heavenly. Finish / Conclusion: Medium-long, fresh, ripe mango, slightly chalky. Incredibly voluminous. What a taste experience, it just tastes like MORE!

  4. Hering scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A vatting of casks from three Islay distilleries:
    - Bunnahabhain 1968, Fresh Sherry Cask
    - Bowmore 1969, Bourbon Cask
    - Bruichladdich 1966, Bourbon Cask

  5. pere scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity freshness, blackcurrant, vanilla, beeswax, spices, polished wood, green apple.
    • Taste
      Malty, spicy, a bit of fruity sweetness, oak, blackcurrant, mint freshness, heather.
    • Finish
      Spicy, malty, a bit fruity, mint, wood, dry hay.

  6. checkpointrk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT: 92
      B: 94

  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2006]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 253 that I bought for 149 Euro in August, 2006.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  Please see detailed review below.


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