Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
23 years old
First Fill PX Cask
MoS 21036
Number of bottles
51.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
23 nov 2021 9:18 pm by OpenBar_PMI
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 839.00

33 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky reviews for The Dark Side of Islay 23-year-old MoS

10 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.60 points.

  1. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic cask that Thomas Ewers selected here. I cannot confirm the assumption of having an Ardbeg in the glass here, as some have expressed themselves in the forums. This may also be due to the PX Cask. However that does not change my rating. Because this is really fantastic stuff.
    Full review alongside five other undisclosed Islay whisky: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/01/04/verborgenes-islay/
    • Nose
      91 91
      A large pot with a broth of herbs, spices and fruits simmers over a peat fire. Goes in the direction of Christmas spices and scents. An ancient wooden table is prepared next to it. From pickling to the final wax layer, everything is included. And where the broth can still come up with a certain sweetness, the furniture is rather a dry.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The fruitiness increases. All kinds of dried fruits are served. Cherries, plums, berries. The fire is now more of a ember and it wafts ash and smoke through the room. A rum pot is opened and a pipe is stuffed. With soaking wet tobacco.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The nose and taste were loud and almost overwhelming. It is now getting rather quiet. Salty notes remain on the tongue. The bitter notes of grated fruit seeds are slowly rising. Cherry pastilles and cold espresso release the last flavors before it disappears dry.

  2. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    .. sweet fruits
    .. salty smoke
    .. spicy lavender
    .. bowmore maybe

  3. ThorstenH scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The Islay smoke with the PX barrel, that comes together very harmoniously. Very balanced and round. I like it very much, but (current) 900€? :-)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An absolute dream to lose yourself in constantly new taste nuances and aromas throughout the evening...

    For me the perfect mix of sherry and smoke ;)
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. kwk0809 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    In the meantime, this malt is offered on the base with a surcharge of € 400-500. Madness.

  7. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Glenjasper scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps the best "Dark Sider" so far. At the beginning a light alcohol note comes through, which quickly dissipates.

    Then this mixture of smoke and sherry comes out: That's actually already me.

    Great smoky notes and dried fruits of dark berries penetrate the nose. Salty breezes from sea water join in. Almost like perfume. Behind the smoke, new aromas gradually emerge, which I don't want to spoil further here and would like to leave the enjoyment experience to everyone for themselves.

    The taste that comes through is reminiscent of an older Caol Ila. Smoked eel, very smoky and very oily, maybe some chimney root, as you know it from a good Alrik. The martime notes combine with those of dark dried fruits.

    The finish is medium-long and initially a bit weak, but then it still develops. Perhaps the taste notes were too dominant at first.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. lumahl64 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Original tasting notes from MoS:

    Fruity smoke, chocolate, plum in Madeira, rum pot, espresso, iodine, musty peat, bacon

    Liquid, soft smoke, fruits in rum (cherry, plum, raisins, peach), sea salt, caramelized chestnuts, dried dates and figs

    Extremely complex on the nose - round and balanced.
    Fruit, sweetness and smoke harmonize extremely well. This whisky remains complex and balanced to the last drop.

  10. Pizzaboxy scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Anyone who pays a single cask from Springbank, Port Ellen, Ardbeg or Laphroaig for a lot more money can confidently spend 400 euros on this bottling. Absolutely delicious and bottled to the point. A + and gladly 93-95 points from me. I can finally commit myself after a few drums, but it tends to be 94-95. A real wow paints!

    After I had this painting 4 times in the glass and compared it with other "Favorite Islay Whiskys", I have to correct my rating to 95. This whisky is a complex cracker that one likes to deal with for days. I need more of this!

    Update 2: After a tip I compared the whisky directly with the 25 year old Lagavulin from 2016 (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/84086/lagavulin-25-year-old) and the similarity is in amazing indeed ...

  11. tommi71 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Proud price, but very tasty, top-quality paints.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  12. kwk0809 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A wonderful Islay whisky. Just right for the cold season.

    Nose: Wonderful sweetness with a slight campfire smoke. Christmas cake, candied fruits, dates, apricots, plums. Slightly maritime note.
    Palate: wonderful sweetness of rum raisins, cherries, dates. In addition, intensifying smoke and oak. You can tell the age now. Ashy smoke. The tannins range from coffee to tobacco to old leather bags and oak cabinets.
    Finish: Long. Tannins, ash and smoke stay on the palate for a long time while the sweetness slowly fades. But all of this is so harmonious and without missing tones that you can enjoy it for a long time. This malt was not bottled a day too early.


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