Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Ian Macleod's Isle of Skye
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 20 01 10
Added on
08 jul 2011 7:31 pm

Average value

€ 37.13

2 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Isle of Skye 12-year-old IM

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.80 points.

  1. coldsun scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Smooth and tasty blend. Of course I compare it to 8 years old and find it more balanced. All components (flavor, taste, finish) are really smoother and more complex. It makes this whisky tasty, elegant and attractive! I agree that it is possibly not so complex but definitely pleasant!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sharp notes of grain alcohol, sea, salt, raisins, boiled dried fruits (apple, pear, plum), nutmeg, caramel and tiny spices and smoke at the end. Everything is wrapped into delicate and light sherry and oak wood tones.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Little bit dry, light sweet fresh fruits, flowers, elements of new wood. Then appears light hints of sea salt followed by vanilla and liquid honey (but not so sweet).
    • Finish
      76 76
      Slightly warming and full of different dried fruits, nuts (mostly hazelnut) with touches of salty sea breeze. Stable but not so long.
      Empty dram keep flavor of wet old wood for a long time.

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  3. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    We have the costal profile of the Talisker, but much less pronounced, the tide, the spray, the foam, a certain salinity, but rather on a very calm and windless beach. It's rounder, more fruity, mellow, on ripe apricot and chocolate pear. On the palate, still quite smooth, on fresh figs, little peat and iodine. Finally a successful finish for such a low alcohol level, pretzels, pine cones, nuts and fine sand. A small smoky side, a fireplace that has just gone out.

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Charred Wood

    Isle of Skye is a blend that is composed with malts from the Speyside and Island regions (and grain), but because of the name, I think it’s fair to presume there is some Talisker in their as well. A bottle costs only 35 EUR, so curb your enthusiasm. Judging by the color, quite a bit of sherry matured whisky went into the mix.

    At first, the nose offers clear hints of the grain whisky. Nothing wrong with that, if it weren’t for the fact that the malts have all the trouble in the world of shining though. I get some vanilla, honey, toasted oak with baked pears and overripe fruit. A very light touch of smoke and a pinch of salt is all that points in the direction of Talisker. Some oriental spices. All in all a pleasant, but far too simple nose.

    The arrival is mildly oily. It is immediately very sweet and spicy with a truckload of caramel but hardly any fruit. I do get some more smoke – salty peat, shall we say? – and more spices and something that reminds me of charred wood.

    The finish is rather short on vanilla and soft peat smoke. Just a tad too sweet to my taste.

    Nice blend to put on the table during a summery barbecue, but little more.

  5. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, ripe fruits, a little bit salt, pears, light smoke, spices and honey notes on nose.

    Sweet fruits, light peated smoke, salt, spices, dried fruits and honey notes on palate. It starts with sweetness and goes to peat.

    Vanilla, light peated smoke, sweet fruits on short finish.

    It’s a simple, but good blend with good balance between sweetness and peat. The perfect choice to drink with the friends on picnics.


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