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 8:29 am by ViViTroNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 42,86

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Whisky Reviews for Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky SMS

45 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. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    It's young, it's simple, that's OK if you can get it at £35.
    And if cask strenght Islay ticks your box as well, go for it.
    Just don't expect too much refinement.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Sweet citrus and yellow fruits.
      Briney, salty peat.
      Pretty sure the major part of this is Caol Ila.
      Mineral, some seashore pebbles,
      Vanilla wood.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oily, spicy, peaty.
      This doesn't play around with subtle pokes, it's a simple straight and very powerful jab in the gob.
      Water make it more mineral, with a drizzle of ash.
      It drowns suddenly, so apply by the drop.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Neat it sits hot and burning for a very long time before fading on very bitter chocolate.
      Water washes away that chocolate, and there's really not much left of taste, just a sensation of spice.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. ballunder scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Thick campfire smoke wafts out of the glass literally filling the room. Reminds me of a good Port Charlotte in that regard. Sweet honey upfront but this whisky is positively brimming with oily, salty, peat. A simple whisky and straight to the point, er...or do I mean "peat"? ;-)

  8. Bam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nice bottling, with a lot of smoke. The alcohol is already included and you can drink it straight without any problems. With a little water, it becomes significantly salty, and the citrus fruits come more to the fore.
    • Nose
      Strong smoke, a little sweet, a little salty, and a little iodine. Sweet paprika, cotton candy, vanilla. Fruit is there too, but difficult to grasp, perhaps grapefruit and unripe banana.
    • Taste
      Strong start, silky / creamy mouthfeel. The smoke comes immediately and never goes away. Again clearly salty, seaweed, cotton candy. Now clearly lemon juice, which brings a certain acidity into play. Then slightly spicy from the oak.
    • Finish
      In short, still heavy smoke, is becoming more ashy, a little vanilla, and wise chocolate.

  9. NTC scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Not the most complex whisky, but definitly a very good whiksy.

    Nose: fresh fruits a bit of floral notes and maritime saltyness. Oh and peat ofcourse haha :)

    Taste: very lovely sweet but yet salty peaty whisky, and very small hints of choclate.

    Body: normally i dont really include the body but this is amazing, really oily structure and thickness in the mouth, absolutely fantastic.

    Finish: lasts very long and is sweet the lesser aspect in the whisky. But because of the great body i will give the finish + 2 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Mark-E scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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