Overall rating
84.44/100
votes
235
Whiskybase ID
WB175648
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers (MSWD)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
2020
Casktype
American Oak
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
20/224
Barcode
5060109227666
Added on
30 jan 2021 10:00 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 46.34

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Whisky reviews for Mac-Talla Mara MSWD

55 users have left 55 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.44 points.

  1. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For me, this is a surprise whisky for a big plus. Alcohol well hidden. It's nice to drink it. It seems different with each sip, encouraging further tasting.
    Finally, a ripe raspberry appears in the aftertaste. Something nice and fun.
    • Nose
      88 88
      intense, smoked, quite smoky, sea salt
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, peaty, peppery, citrusy, ash, traces of oak
    • Finish
      90 90
      Finish: medium, quite sweet, smoke, smoked plums, end warming, slightly spicy, citrusy ... raspberry.

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  3. _Dziki_ scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose, salty, marine, breeze, fresh, algae, dirty green water, then citrus, pepper and cigarette ashes, a bit musty.
    The taste, pepper and salt, light smoke, sand, herbs de Provence, spices, thyme, a bit sour, reminds me of a more smoky variety of Talisker, it begs to be compared with 57N.
    Finish, medium long, ashen, a bit tart and sour.

  4. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  5. poelz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I'va always had a bottle of this one open since it launched. Great value for money and a really nice easy-drinking malt from the cleaner side of Islay.
    It has a good dose of smoke, but it's not overpowering. Very Caol Ila. Not a lot of cask influence, which lets the distillate shine. Salted lemons (love that!), seaweed, some vanilla. Kind of sweet. Uncomplicated with some good "oomph".

  6. Obynapewno scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    82,5
    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoked meat, a little salt, sea breeze, a bit of iodine and lemon, quite sweet, vanilla, solvent, well-hidden alcohol
    • Taste
      82 82
      Pepper, smoke, hot chili, some sea and citrus, wood
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium, pepper, smoke, wood

  7. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Great value for money. Alot of smoke but not overwhelming, vanilla sweetness in the nose. On the palate smoky cereals, salty/peppery and vanilla sweetness. Rather long finish with maritime notes. Despite the ABV the alcohol is well integrated. No water needed.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Bodelude scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Nice young whisky with a good value. There are fresh and mineral as well as sweet and peaty flavours.
    • Nose
      87 87
      First there is some peaty smoke. Followed by citrus peel, salt and sweetness like biscuits. Further vanilla, peppery notes and campfire.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Surprising mild and harmonic for cask strength. The alcohol is very well integrated. It is a little oily. There is smoke and peat, biscuit, maltiness and vanilla. Further citrus and salt. With some droplets of water the smoke decreases while citrus aromas increase.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long finish. Peat and smoke. Fruity, sweet and some notes of oak.

  9. Tallyortoby scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Bought a bottle on 25.10.2022 at Cactus in Luxembourg with bottle code 21/180

  10. Sirralf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A tasty cask strength whisky with an excellent PLV.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet smoke, the alcohol is present but not too dominant, rubber, leather
    • Taste
      82 82
      Strong start, liquorice, salmiak, maritime notes
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long finish, creates a dry mouth, sweet smoke, salty, floral notes

  11. mattheww scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Young but very tasty Islay Malt, sweet, fruity, peaty. Could be Caol Ila.

  13. glenrob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and pleasant whisky, a lot of smoky and peaty sweetness. Not very complex but certainly a steady dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet smoke, powder sugar, rubber and fake leather. Some alcohol noticeable but not punching at all.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Initially some sal ammoniac, licorice. Quite some power, caramel sweetness, a bit drying.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still quite some power, sweet smoke, some floral notes as well. A bit drying mouthfeel, medium long finish.

  15. Vhvgchcytu scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    I've drunk plenty of bottles of this it takes water fine and like a lot of Islay bourbon whisky water can tame it immediately but if you cover the glass for 10 minutes it comes back,
    I've been able to get this for less the £45 delivered and that's great value,
    This has a strong sea coast nose with citrus peat and lemon and price on the mouth and is a great value with more coming after its been open a while,
    Decant the whole bottle into a jub that can pour and pour back into the bottle if your like me and will drink it in a week max,
    Also for my evening glass I will pop ur a large glass and add just a few drops of water and cover for a few hours
    It does make a difference.
    • Nose
      Citrus peat lemon Sea coast spice
    • Taste
      Same

  16. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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

    • Nose
      80 80
      Phenolic campfire peat smoke with maritime notes, citrus and malty sweetness.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Peat smoke with malty sweetness, maritime notes and citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long with peat smoke, maritime notes, malty sweetness and citrus fruits.

  18. DulischM scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A simple whisky with a good PLV. Holds in the mouth and finish what it promises in the nose.
    Should be a Caol Ila...
    • Nose
      Algae and salty sea air are added to damp, grassy smoke. Lemongrass and some biscuit bring a light freshness.
    • Taste
      Again grassy-smoky, but this time rather cold as ash. Some sweet lemon and a touch of menthol complete the taste.
    • Finish
      In the finish, sweet and slightly vanilla biscuit, but also cold smoke and lemongrass.

  19. Loch Lochy scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Reading through the previous reviews, I can't believe this is the same whisky that I had the privilege of tasting myself.
    The nose is an impertinence. With a sweetness of mash, soap and smoke. And above all, the insufficient storage time becomes clear. It was simply bottled way too young. If the taste had remained the same, I would have given this whisky just 65 points.
    Luckily it gets better on the tongue then. Lots of peat smoke, a subtle sweetness and citrus notes. Simple but perfectly drinkable. However, the 58.2% are clearly noticeable. However, you can add water to this whisky without any problems, it does not lose it as a result. Perhaps a word about the distillery: This is - just my two pence - definitely not a Bowmore. Like some before me, I'm betting on a young Caol Ila.

  20. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Bright, straw color. Oily.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet. Vanilla, candy. Cow. Sweet cream. Sweet milk. Smoke underneath. Sea. Seaweed. Sea salt.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sea. Smoke, fairly dry. Lots of sea salt. Light sweetness. Spices. Ginger. Vanilla.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sea. Smoke. Salt. Sweetness. Vanilla. Long finish.

  21. hzs275 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  22. Bene37 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: oily, greasy, perfume note, pear, a dash of citrus, some cold smoke, mineral

    Palate: Oily, bacon pear, mineral, some perfume, some cold smoke

    Finish: medium length, warm, bacon pear, citrus, somewhat smoky

    Rating: rock solid. Not particularly complex, but it does what it does very well: bacon pear with a dash of citrus, some cold smoke and a nice perfume note. I would most likely go for Bowmore because of the perfume note and the not so dominant smoke. Really well done for the price.

    87/100 or 6/10

  23. mr whisky scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Solid whisky in alcohol with strong body. Soft tench salt.

  24. juliendv scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      woodchip and floral, appears to be eucalyptus
    • Taste
      82 82
      Leather and salt
    • Finish
      88 88
      Slightly salty, sparkle with a smoky end

  25. Bartjewhisky scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Goeierke Manuel
    • Nose
      83 83
      wet wood chips, sharp, some smoke, flying seawater, nasal spray
    • Taste
      86 86
      musty smoke, shoe leather (a bit salty), slightly spicy, good body
    • Finish
      85 85
      soft long aftertaste with a sweet first and then slightly salty

  26. aquataste scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Intense, peat smoke, clear sea accents, sea salt, green apples, citrus, smoked, creamy, a little earth and moist hay, old skin, vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      Sweet Sea Salt, Green Apples, Citrus, Creamy Old Leather, Earthy, White Pepper, Peat Smoke, Vanilla
    • Finish
      Short but intense, sea salt, peat smoke, citrus, a pinch of white pepper

  27. sakis scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Well… if only Bowmore would bottle this quality at such an accessible price under their own brand name!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Simple and good.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Good amount of peat smoke, coal, nice barley sweetness, maritime, and some white fruits (pear?)
    • Taste
      88 88
      Simple, raw peat and coal, barley with pinch of salt, and again some pear
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, with nice ashes and brine

  30. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks, crushed seashells, wet limestone, vanilla and malt beer, saltpetre and grist
    Palate: Bacon Frazzles, Orange Slices and lemon rind, scallops fresh from the ocean
    Finish: White pepper and water biscuits, limoncello and stirred embers

    With water
    Nose: Bunsen burner and iron filings, sourdough starter, bitter melon and seabass ceviche
    Palate: pebble beach, lobster pots, brined sheep's cheese,
    Finish: Maldon salt flakes, crispbread and radicchio, saline solution

  31. leeho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  32. JvDijk scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    combined with: pure chocolate, with whisky bakkerycream, and gold poeder underneauth a banana
    • Nose
      60 60
      jodium, peat,
    • Taste
      73 73
      peat, sharp,
    • Finish
      74 74
      long smokey, jodium,

  33. K C Wong scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Nazin scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    N: smoke, citruses, maritime, salt, mineral, green apples, vanilla.
    T: smoky, salty, ash, vanilla, mineral.
    F: bitter, fruity, oaky.

    Water kills it, making it pretty bitter and unpleasant.

  35. Hlektrion scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. lviz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose : more on vanilla than the standrad 46% version. Missing the citrusy side :-( Plate : uncomplicated young islay, matured in bourbon cask. Sweet, smoky, vanilla, sponge cake and peat smoke. I bet on Caol Ila. Nice everyday malt.

  37. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    You can tell from his youth. But for the barrel strength it is surprisingly restrained on the palate. Typical Islay notes that I would most likely classify with Caol Ila. Overall, pleasant whisky with a good PLV.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke, campfire, iodine. Citrus, apple, sweetness, vanilla, burnt wood, peanut. Something metallic.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy and soft, smoked fish, smoke. Slowly build up pressure.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Quite a long finish that occupies the mouth. Malt, smoke. The alcohol tingles a bit, but is still well integrated.

  39. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For the price, a great, not too old whisky in Cask Strength. Very good barrel selection (ex-Bourbon). Tolerates water and then opens.
    • Nose
      87 87
      With a little water:

      Cucumber water and phenolic peat smoke. Gooseberry, kiwi and some other exotic fruits. Menthol and moss. Slight sweetness.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat smoke, phenolic. Gooseberry, kiwi, pear and a dash of lemon. Moss. Brine. Forest floor after fresh rain. Something sweet joins it. Mineral and clear. Doesn't get spicy.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Phenolic peat smoke and ash. Mint Chocolate (After Eight). Sardines and oysters. Very long.

  40. jazzvilly scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  41. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      ripe fruits, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, with delicate peat and smoke. dark chocolate, smoke, fresh vanilla with green herbs
    • Taste
      82 82
      moderately peaty, some smoked meats, some little alcoholic burn, earthy, tea-leaves,
    • Finish
      83 83
      dark oak, smoky, vanilla, quite ashy in the end

  43. serejja scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very decent whisky for its price
    • Nose
      83 83
      Peat, very strong, young, grass, salt and maritime notes
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peaty and sweet. Young and grassy, not much happening though. Can't feel the 58.2% abv
    • Finish
      83 83
      More fruit appearing, otherwise quite simple

  44. emptycask scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  45. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Campfire smoke mixed with fresh lemons and digestive biscuits. It’s a little briny and quite maritime. Kiwi in the background. Minerals too. Later I also get green apples and pears. Then vanilla custard too and lemongrass. Sweet pastry and a hint of barley sugar.
    • Taste
      Young-ish, but very nice. A touch of oats and that campfire smoke again, but actually it’s rather integrated. It’s a cask strength whisky, but it’s not as aggressive as I would have thought. A hint of vanilla. Minerals again. A pinch of sea salt. Kiwi and limes. Green apples. Followed by a sugary sweetness and a touch of white pepper.
    • Finish
      mid-long with a touch of peat and fruits.

  46. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A strong peat bomb that is both affordable and enjoyable without breaking the bank.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  48. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Medium+ peated Bowmore at a very affordable price. Peaty arrival but also fruity. Very powerful, but in spite of the young age, the peat-smoke remains acceptable. Strong and full taste and a very long finish.

    BFYB? Why not!

    The above was my initial tasting review after I tasted a dram in the Dramtime whiskyshop.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This one requires a lot of water. And with a lot, I mean a lot! Once done, the nose really calms down and offers a warm smell of sweet and mild peat-smoke.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very strong and hardly manageable for me without water. When adding (a lot of) water, it is pretty good. Young and restless yes, but very accessible Bowmore (I heard). Salty and mildly spiced.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long lasting finish! Strange enough, only in the finish I recognized the oily and waxy structure. Sweet peat-smoke till the very end.

      Complex? No way, but very enjoyable and for this price.....

  49. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A beautiful accessible Bowmore! Maritime and fruity. Those distinctive sweet salty malted barley flavors show themselves perfectly. It takes me back to moment I was the Bowmore kiln shortly after they dried some barley. This dram is priced very friendly and gives more then enough compared to the price you pay. The age is just under 10 years. I expect 8 or 9. The arrival on the palate is rather smooth and builds up very nice. It is a classic bourbonized Bowmore profile which works really well at CS. Definitely something I’d buy. Wishlist here it comes.

  50. Leonidas_von_Sparta scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    For peaty whisky lovers who are looking for something special, just the thing.
    • Nose
      Smells like smoked ham and maritime
    • Taste
      tastes peaty, lots of ham, very spicy
    • Finish
      Liquid ham, stays long, maritime, slightly smoky

  51. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  52. wolfandwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    strongly reminiscent of a certain Islay distillery, very tasty

    inexpensive
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke, a certain sweetness, pleasant on the nose for CS, typical character of the presumed Islay distillery
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sherry, smoke, sweet fruits, not very alcoholic
    • Finish
      87 87
      long-lasting

  53. RoytjeV scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  54. g2ther scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  55. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    As one of the oldest whisky families in Scotland, the Morrisons have had a strong presence on Islay for five generations. The name of their new whisky line Mac-Talla - which means “echo” in Gaelic - reflects exactly this close connection between the Morrison family and the famous whisky island of Islay.

    This whisky reflects the island's maritime nature and has been heavily influenced by the atmosphere of the Atlantic salt that surrounds Islay. Matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and at a barrel strength of 58.2% vol. bottled.

  56. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Strong peat and the smell of campfire embers fill your nose. Fresh notes of citrus and freshly ground black pepper. On the palate a flood of peat and salty smoke, which meets a malty sweetness. The alcohol is very well integrated, the finish is clearly long with a strong peat note and spicy oak. (Expertise)

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