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

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 75.25 points.

  1. Danksy scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Tasted a 2019 bottling, which I hear was better than newer bottlings of this ultra low budget Islay single malt.
    • Nose
      Bowmore peat. Islay peat really doesn't get any cheaper than this. It's like an old bottle of opened disinfectant mixed with last weekend's campfire ash. Some flattened citrus and faded vanilla. Damp cardboard, which I guess is what they call their oak casks over at Bowmore these days. Young malt husks. Not a terrible nose.
    • Taste
      An exact copy of the nose. Young but thankfully not aggressive, thanks to the standard ABV. Not repulsive. Drinkable.
    • Finish
      Longer than expected. Also a bit more bitter than expected. With water, the finish is shorter and overall better. It's tolerable.

      Final thoughts: this whisky somehow actually manages to tick all the boxes for an Islay malt. It's definitely not terrible overall. You simply get what you pay for here. I guess this could work as an introduction to Islay, but I would really recommend seeking out something more worthwhile, like MacLeod's Islay perhaps. At 15-20 euros, McClelland's Islay is actually better value than its elder Bowmore 12. I definitely wouldn't buy either of them again though.

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  3. aw-home scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus fruits with light peat smoke, maritime notes, spices and malty sweetness.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke with spices, malty sweetness, citrus and maritime notes.
    • Finish
      Long with spices, malty sweetness, light peat smoke, maritime notes and citrus fruits.

  4. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Just a little dram to drink, little to experience. The price corresponds to the contents of the bottle: "pretty cheap".

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 81pts – |80 – 82 (B-) → Okay| — No major flaws, worth tasting.

  6. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

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

  7. Kilo1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nice young Bowmore.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. st7 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Bowmore.


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