Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky SMS

Overall rating
Blended Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
59.3 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
16 Feb 2016 8:02 am by ViViTroNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 42,89

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Whisky Reviews for Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky SMS

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.53 points

  1. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A whiskey that shines with a simplicity that suits him perfectly. A nice blend of Islay (s), I do not know which ones ... Probably a little Caol Ila, it's a favorite of Specialty Drinks. A good candidate to apprehend the rest of the range. (Whiskey Passion).
    • Nose
      Here is a well peated whiskey, iodized to perfection. Lemon. There is a sweetness, the whole is fat and goes straight to the point. The water will relax it, give vanilla, apple. Citrus peels.
    • Taste
      It's in the mouth that Peat will make sense. Always this lemon very present. As for the full proof, it is perfectly integrated, although it does not lack power. The water still offers these peels of oranges, mandarins, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      The peat becomes more vegetal, but it is lemon acidity that persists to preserve a nice freshness. Tobacco smoke.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I know the minimalist style of the bottlenecks of Specialty Drinks, and I like it a lot! But when you choose to abandon the concept of chemical symbols to swing "Peat", I find it hyper reductive. So much to write: "Hey, guys, come on! Islay, it's not peat? What distilleries? We do not care, we've mixed big peat that stretches all over the island and we're going to rip you off curling the 60 ° ". I was not there at the marketing meeting, but find out why, that's what I imagined. So I had a pretty bad a priori on this keel. On the nose, peat very frank, half gourmet (meaty) and mineral (pebbles). Later, sweet malt. With water, more creamy, milk chocolate limit. On the palate, lively and powerful, but very good alcoholic integration. Then yellow fruits. Thick texture. Sweet and spicy after the first sip. With water, the beast is a little tamed, but the fruitiness persists, with an oily texture, almost viscous. Finishing, unctuous even, long and saline. Well it was actually! A super blended malt that makes appeal product for the rest of the range of these Islay single malts bottled cask strength.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, fresh peat, smell of meat, yellow fruits acid and a side iodine on the return.
    smoked ham!
    so iodine, salt, peat fat, meat meat, then fruit on citrus and not that, lemons and pears, it's really a good reference Q / P ratio!
    • Nose
      sweetness, roundness and a mix of flavors!
    • Taste
      fire, arrogance of alcohol, and perseverance of flavors
    • Finish
      monolithic but tenacious.

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Molt is good, powerful and rich, at the same time, light and airy, such averaged Ayla, classy, ​​but somewhat impersonal, devoid of individuality, gravitating, IMHO, to Ardbeg and young Lagavulin, by the way, they took themselves in hand and did not become to break into exorbitant prices.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, saturated, smoky-peat, kirza, old fat, vegetable notes, chips, metallic shades.
    • Taste
      Powerful, light, smoke, peat, lemon peel, activated charcoal, scorched branches, pepper, light sweetness.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, lemon peel, peat, burnt caramel, lemon pepper.

  5. CST1986 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I really like this Islay expression, it's pure and simple and tart and brutal, but delicate and refined at the same time. At just below 40€ it's also very fairly priced and is a great alternative to your peated Bunnahabhain or Bourbon matured Port Charlotte, while Southern Shore malts would probably be more complex than this. But who needs complexity if you can have this with its incredible freshness?
    • Nose
      Without water: Fresh, sharp, mineral and citrussy peat, salt, seabreeze, brine, green cucumber and just the right amount of vanilla and pickled ginger to add a distinct layer of complexity preventing the whisky from being a one-trick-pony. Beautifully fresh, sweet, tart and peaty.
      With water: Sweeter with apple peelings, lemon soda and green banana. After a while the peat smoke returns with more intensity.
      Beautiful, extremely fresh nose.
    • Taste
      Without water: Extraordinarily smooth for 59% Vol.! Sweet and silky attack with vanilla and citrus, then with the peat creeping its way to the tongue getting salty and bitter-sweet along the development. Bitter, sweaty and salty woodsmoke in the back of the palate. Very nice!
      With water: Water surprisingly is not mandatory, but intensifies the peaty development, the briny and sweaty notes and the woodsmoke. The sweetness with lemon and vanilla and mashed banana is always present and gives depth and substance.
      Interestingly, there's also a delicate floral note buried within the layers of peat. Love it.
    • Finish
      Long, briny, smoky and warming.

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. pheenikz scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Great dry and fresh Peat-Monster with nice fruity hints. I like both, nose and palate, very much.

  8. elidiot scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Nose: sweet, pure fruity peat, fresh tree leaves, sweet flowers (lily of the valley?)

    Palate: sweet peat, whiskey very posed whose flavors are gradually imposed. Very natural, made to travel. Finally quite simple but very effective. Go to the essential. Liquid honey. Alcohol surprisingly well integrated, we do not feel the 59 °. Not aggressive seawater

    Finish: medium, white fruits (grapes)

  9. coldsun scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very strong and impressive drink. Taste is bold and stable with long and warming finish... No words, it deserved to be tried.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Sharp spices mixed with 2 deep and bold elements: malt and sweet fruits on one side and gum, salt, iodine, medicinal on the other.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Passes beautiful and strong mixes of nose.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Warming, long and stable (passes flavor and taste notes).

  10. diamond2000 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Aroma: freshness, menthol, some needles; second wave burned willow twigs, baked marshmallow on the fire, fatty smoked mackerel, embers from the extinguished fire, freshly cut grass, engine oil.

    Taste: red pepper, minerals, bitter wood, smoky-salty, bitter citrus peel, burnt porridge, sunflower oil.

    Finish: long, bitter-salty-sweet, lemon peel, smoked seafood, activated charcoal, chalk, astringent oak.

    Rating: 87

    Bottom line: a very good molt, without extreme ruffling, no worse than the base ten and dvenashek from Ayla. Although it is slightly biting into the aroma, by virtue of strength, but after a few minutes you adapt to it, I really liked the freshness and menthol notes in the aroma.


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