Overall rating
Blended Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Bottle Design (2011)
Added on
06 Jul 2012 11:38 pm

Average value

€ 34,79

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59 × member ratings

164 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Six Isles NAS IM

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.25 points

  1. whiskyd scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      75 75

  2. GJR scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    At first very ashy and peaty. Followed by more coastal notes and citrus.  Despite 43% punchy.  Balances out over time. Hints of Caol Ila like (mellowed) style. Tastes not too young, but suspect it is. Nicely balanced, with hints of every Isles, but the peaty style prevails. Not a bad blended malt.

    Comes in a tin which is a bit over the top for this dram.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. vredensever scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is light, fresh: the sea, iodine, medicine, barely perceptible sweetness, rubber, wet wood. The taste is sharp, spirituous: spicy spices, charred wood, iodine, smoke, a bit of sweet candy, rubber, bitterness. The aftertaste is not very long, empty, dry: smoke, coals, burnt rubber, bitter. Conclusion . It is indicated that alcohols from six Scottish islands are involved: Islay, Jura, Skye, Orkney, Mull and Arran. The question is: what for such a fuss? For this, in general, a nondescript drink? And, it seems, Ayla still won all. On the other hand, a useful experience. It is necessary to taste different for setting up receptors. Rating 71 (n19t17f18b17).

  5. CST1986 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    This is not bad at all. You can get characteristics from every island that contributed to this blended malt, and the whole thing is more than the sum of its parts, but a decent, satisfying malt whisky experience. Just don't expect a lot of depth from maturation and blending. This is young and brutish, uncompromising, but in a very friendly way. Good for its price tag (which means <30€), too.
    • Nose
      Please note that this needs a few drops of water.

      Smoky, peaty and ashy start, and it's smelling very young for sure, but it unveils to citrus notes (grapefruit & tangerine), seaweed and salt. After a while there is a beautiful ripe juicy passion fruit note - I could swear there's some Bowmore inside, or a mixture coming close to a Bowmore (Caol Ila & Arran for example). A young but nice nose, much better than expected at first.
    • Taste
      Punchy start, and it's got a rough development, losing points with regards to its form. But the flavour profile is quite convincing, with smoke, seaweed, multivitamin juice and honey. There's a medicinal backbone which might be the Talisker. I still like it, even if it could certainly bear a few more years of aging or one or two sherry casks thrown into the mix.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, smoky and honeyed.

  6. jankes scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Needs water. Then it has more definition with sweetness, but it tones down the smokiness.
    • Nose
      Ashtray smoke. Dry cut wood. Milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruit arrival. Sharp chili on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Dry and sour.

  8. skratte scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  9. skratte scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      citrus, wood, peat, salt
    • Taste
      very light, a slight hint of moist grass, salty
    • Finish
      salt, peat, grapefruit, medium long and dry

  10. theroachman did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com wrote on 29/01/2016:

    The Six Isles (43%, Ian McLeod, blended malt,
    +/-2015) The
    Six Isles 10 yo from a few years back had been excellent (WF 84) but this is
    the NAS version, bottled at a lower strength. Six Isles is a blend of malts from
    six different islands, Arran, Islay, Jura, Mull, Orkney, and Skye. So we’re sure
    there is some Arran, some Jura, some Tobermory/Ledaig, and some Talisker in
    there. We just cannot be sure about the Islay and the Orkney! Colour: white wine
    (hurray). Nose: it’s pretty ashy and even medicinal at first nosing, then we
    find touches of plasticine and paint, but that’s all right. Some coastal
    elements, for sure. What’s smart is that it feels like ‘a whole’, it’s all very
    coherent. Nice nose! Mouth: good, Caol-Ila good, I’d say. Smoked fish, coal,
    ashes, smoked water, a little lemon, a touch of dill, a hint of salt, that’s all
    you need. Even the body’s good. Finish: a little short, perhaps, but clean and
    well-chiselled. Comments: more than good, only its lightish side at times may be
    seen as a very minor flaw. What’s more, it does not feel ‘too young’, at all.
    SGP:345 - 83 points.


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