Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
T. & A. McClelland Ltd. (TAMC)
Bottling serie
Single Malt
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Silver '1818'
Added on
16 Feb 2010 7:24 pm

Average value

€ 22.42

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Whisky Reviews for McClelland's Islay

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.42 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Light black tea with smoked citruses, vanilla, guava and salted caramel.

    RATING: 81pts - [n20,t21,f20,b20] → |80-82: Ordinary|

  2. Kilo1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nice young Bowmore.

  3. Achany scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Pleasent, sweet, a hint of smoke and salt. Some pepper and a spicy note are there but only short. Body and finish too short. More ABV would be interesting. Average, drinkable dram
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      73 73

  4. Ivynor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The addition of caramel is harmful.
    For the rest, we find a young bowmore quite acceptable, even if little complex and too diluted.
    • Nose
      A reality a young Bowmore.

      On the nose, there is caramel, a tip idea, a light smoke with lemon. But the whole is a little heavy, not very thin (the addition of caramel certainly)
    • Taste
      Slightly creamy, on iodine, caramel, smoke, citrus and medicinal plants. A bit of bitterness at the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Long enough for 40%, with earth, ashes, lemon, plants ... It's young but well done.

  5. whiskybros scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Mc-Cellands-Islay/c21kp/579b9fd40cf27547c72ce3c5
    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      65 65

  6. Kostya scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    no obvious blemishes, contains too much caramel.
    • Nose
      (neat) thick caramel, peat,
      artificial honey, smoke,                            (water) one-dimensional nose. A bit
      sweet, a bit sour, probably this malt doesn’t need water.

    • Taste
      (neat) peaty,
      slightly sour, quite straight forward, as nose is. Caramel again, probably was
      added in a significant quantity.                        (water) sweet, ash, peat, yeast.
    • Finish

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    McClelland is a range of whiskies marketed by Morrison
    Bowmore Distillers Ltd, known also for their Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen
    Garioch. They purchased T&A McClelland’s, a blender from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Glasgow, in 1970. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out this is most likely Bowmore.
    • Nose

      On the nose, I get citrus and peatsmoke, but mostly
      vanilla and unfortunately something that reminds me of babypuke. Very spirity. Also some tobacco, touch of tar and smoldering wood. After a few more minutes: coffee and hey. Strange combination, if you
      ask me.
    • Taste

      On the palate, this McClelland Islay shows his budget
      character. Astringent grappa with bitter wood, no balance
      whatsoever. Berries, maybe? Some salted butter and
      burnt vanilla. I even make the association of blood (from a bloody nose),
      slightly metallic. Definitely a young beast!
    • Finish

      The finish is (too) long and much too bitter,
      preventing the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Islay character to come out.

  8. st7 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Bowmore.


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