Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
21 years old
Port & Sherry
MoS 22031
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
16 nov 2022 3:06 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 315.74

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58 × member ratings

184 × in collection

Whisky reviews for The Dark Side of Islay 21-year-old MoS

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.09 points.

  1. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fully loaded, voluminous, not for every day, but it's really fun! The price is okay for today.
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      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

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  3. bikenerd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Single Malt means that we do not need to talk about a combination of casks from more than one distillery. ;-)

    For me there is a bit too much cask that overpowers the distillate. I guess we have a bowmore in front of us.

    I like this bottling but it´s quite on the edge for me pricewise and personally I prefer younger more powerful bottlings over this cask-dominated adult one.

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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      92 92
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      90 90
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  5. Saftkenner scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I tasted this bottling blind.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A very rich and intense nose. Full, dark fruits, caramel, delicate hints of smoke, salt flowers, dried oranges, malt, raisins, cherries, dark chocolate, very spicy oak. Funnily enough, it also has something slightly dirty like engine oil and soot.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very nice, strong and peppery at the start. Great alcohol strength. Delicate hints of maritime smoke. Cherries with dark chocolate, antique wood, tobacco, leather, raisins, dates, soot, salt flowers, burnt caramel, crumbled vanilla beans, spicy oak.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Burnt, salty caramel, malt, dark chocolate, iodine, cherries, tobacco, a hint of ash and again the crumbled vanilla beans.

      First you have to get involved, but then this dram is damn delicious, full, dirty, intense, dark fruity.
      A real club swing, executed with grace. I like him!

  6. ThorstenH scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Delicious composition of Islay, Sherry and Port. Harmonizes very well. The mouthfeel is really good.
    Reminds me of the Bowmore 21 Aston Martin.
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  7. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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      86 86
      Unfortunately, slight sulfur notes, a somewhat weaker representative of the otherwise wonderful Darkside of Islay series from MoS
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      87 87
    • Finish
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  8. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting
    In the nose, I got Bunna.
    In the taste, I got Bowmore and mayyybeee a little Bunna.
    So my best guess will be Bubo.... Bobu...
    Whatever.. very good, imho, even if a little modern and woody (isn't that the same??). I'd take a bath in it, if I could.

  9. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. kringo86 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I think this is a gorgeious vatting of sherried bowmore and a bourbon laphroaig in a port cask. Whereas the port dominates the nose, the sherry is in action in the mouth. If there were not minor flaws like a slightly drying finish or the feeling there could be a few sulphur atoms in there, this would go up to 93p. Good stuff @ initial price of 250€!

  11. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Second impression with comparison to the Scarabus 2016:

    The Scarabus is much more voluminous and highly complex. Wood and smoke, everlasting. Like someone wrote in the notes of the Scarabus, how much better could a whisky be? Yes, if you are looking for all in with age, this could be it.

    The Cragabus, exact alcohol level, but 6 years later on the market, this is more barrel loaded, much frutier, but in direct comparison, the Scarabus wins clearly.

    Now standalone, I can imagine the Cragabus to be a very good whisky. As you all know, comparing two with each other, the weaker whiskys looses.

    249 Euros in Germany in November 2022

  12. hubertpeter scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Hard to beat in terms of complexity. The port wine cask and the sherry cask complement each other perfectly and go well with the medicinal smoke.

    Age has done the smoke good. Dark chocolate is an ideal companion.

    A whisky for special moments.

  13. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    heavy loaded, but good balance and a strong mouthfeel
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      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
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  14. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    shop notes:

    "Nose: fine medicinal notes, smoke, ripe dark fruits, plum jam, old wood, leather, notes of tobacco, old sherry, ripe black cherries, open fireplace.

    Taste: earthy smoke, ash, dark cherries, gentleman's chocolate, smokehouse, bacon, leather, tobacco, cherry jelly, plum compote, wild berries, old attic, dust."


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