Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
50 ml
Added on
04 Dec 2018 7:20 pm by OpenBar_PMI

Average value

€ 19.90

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Whisky Reviews for The Dark Side of Islay 22-year-old MoS

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] What the hell is "The Dark Side of Islay"? Naked Jim in vaults no.1? A demented professor sueing Pinky over too large drams served? Or simply casks spoiled with the devil's pee? I will check...

    ...and it is none of the above. This seems to be a Bunnahabhain Moine vatted with a Caol Ila - and the result tastes like a young sherried Lagavulin. Not bad and quite enjoyable, but as a drinker I would not spend more than 80 Euro on a (700ml) bottle with such a profile...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a somewhat dirty modern sherry profile with loads of leather, shoe polish, old byre and minor buttery aromas that reminds me of Bunnahabhain's Moine editions. Fortunately, there is no devil inside (no sulphur) so this is all enjoyable and lovers of these dirty styles will adore this dram, for sure.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is bitter-sweet mainly on peaty and barley sugary notes with the sherry-induced flavours hiding in the background. It is not bad, but actually this profile reminds me more of a young Lagavulin and not of a 20+years old dram. While the nose was rather dirty the taste is clean and without flaws. Some water turns both the nose and taste smoother and releases delicious chocolatey notes - I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a bitter-drying mouthfeel (cold ashes due to the high peating level) that is enjoyable in combination with the sweet taste. The finish is long and adds more vanilla-toffee notes. It gets bitter-drying towards the end just like the initial mouthfeel (cold ashes). These bitter-drying moments completely vanish with the somewhat reduced dram.


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