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Overall rating
88.30/100
votes
12
Whiskybase ID
WB210620
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
1999
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
46.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 may 2022 11:43 pm by Mischi
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Average value

€ 138.68

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Whisky Reviews for Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 1999 MBl

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.30 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I quite like it (especially on the palate), but not for the price.
    The "Rock Oyster 18" with very similar key data - albeit a lower age - could still be bought for half the price a few years ago.
    I would rather go with the Bowmore Vault Edition No. Guess 1, he delivers something similar (and also maritime salty), with a lot of boom and more fruit for less money.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Citrus, ashy smoke, sea spray and some cucumber water. Surprisingly flowery with more standing time, and now the wood comes through too. Harmonious and coherent, but also relatively reserved. The 22 years are not immediately obvious.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Juicy-sweet entry, then more acidity (the Tobermory part?) and more and more spice and peat smoke - and indeed at the very end a slightly exotic fruitiness (which remains really vague), as if Bowmore were involved . The not exactly exuberant smoke content could also indicate this. Super mild, nothing burns, and the texture is still nice and handy. However, it lacks some assertiveness due to the mild alcohol content.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the aftertaste, I imagine I detect some of the heather and honey notes that are typical of Highland Park. Resonates for a long time, with dry ash / charcoal, residual sweetness, citrus and salt - but also with hints of floral water and a slightly soapy touch.

  2. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Islay blend that may not show its age, but has many good aspects.
    Unfortunately, the intensity is somewhat limited for a blend at 46 percent, but it doesn't always have to be a complex machine that flashes you.
    • Nose
      90 90
      89.5
      The nose is balanced with light and salty-sweet sea smoke. A bit of sherry influence is there too. Overall comparatively smooth, but I would pay 100 euros for this and that is due to the good, almost ripe aromas. I'm not sure if I find the subtle notes boring or exciting as the texture is really good on one side and a bit smooth on the other. Nevertheless, I can smell it here for a long time and I really like the nose.

      More sweetness with water.
    • Taste
      89 89
      88.5
      Slight entry that only hints at the smoke and then goes directly into a citrus-heavy sweetness with notes of pineapple, sea salt smoke and grain hay. I don't really find any enthusiasm here, but the mouthfeel and the taste are very, very good.

      You have to be careful with water here, because it quickly becomes a bit thin.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Stays smoky on the throat and sweet on the tongue. With water, the finish will definitely not be particularly long.

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