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Isle Of Skye 8 Year Old (Ian Macleod)

(70cl, 40%)

Isle Of Skye 8 Year Old (Ian Macleod)

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Isle of Skye 8 Bottling Note

This eight year old blend from Ian Macleod has been dubbed Isle of Skye, with the blend based around malt whisky from the Islands and Speyside. The blend was rested in oak casks before bottling, and received very high praise from Jim Murray, who called it a ‘superstar whisky’ in his 2019 Whisky Bible.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Smoke, notes of barley and crème anglaise.

Palate: Sweet. Fruitcake. Sherry.

Finish: Nutty and spicy.

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Isle Of Skye 8 Year Old (Ian Macleod) Reviews


After drinking Isle of Skye, India to UK- We forgive you for colonizing us but don’t try you dare try colonizing on anyone ever again.
Isle of Skye- Extremely smooth and sweet, exemplifies that alcohol doesn’t have to taste bad

11th October 2020


I live in Qatar and here it goes for approximately £32. Still it is a bargain for its price. One of the smoothest whiskies I have ever had. 10/10

11th October 2020

Just enough smoke for me

Sweet, dense, fairly simple, and just enough phenolic Islay character for me.

25th September 2020

Bargain drink

Unbelievable drink for the price. Really enjoyable and great for a beginner.

22nd June 2020


Quite a lot of Talisker in this, IMHO. And I've been a Talisker aficionado for 50 years.
Lovely stuff at a great price.

9th May 2020

My favourite blend

Love its smooth taste

24th November 2019

Awesome Whisky it has become one of my favourites

Awesome whisky it has become one of my favourites

28th December 2018


Had this fine whisky whilst I was up innverness. Amongst other whisky. But this is the one I remember most.

25th December 2018

Perfect bedtime comfort

As an 80 year old lifelong teetotaller woman I am now unable to go to bed without my small tot of Isle of Skye eight year old whisky. A lovely smooth taste which does not burn the throat. Only wish it was more easily available in supermarkets and other shops.

16th September 2018

für diesen preis ein sehr leckeres tröpchen

ich habe diese flasche bestellt, weil ich interessiert war, zu erfahren, wie sie schmeckt. Ich bin überrascht von diesem feinen Tropfen,.
***** Sterne

3rd July 2018

Blended whisky success

You can tell it contains talisker but it is muted and softened by other island and speyside malts. Lovely blend worth £15 I paid and as good as some malts

14th April 2018

Try it

Absolutely beautiful, tried it recently and loved the taste of the 8 year old, will buy again... tried lots and this is my favourite so far. cheers!

20th March 2018

Worth a try

Cracking see whisky

27th September 2017


I am a beer drinker really, but at 85 years of age find the volume a bit too much. I now prefer good whisky. My 1st preference is for The MacAllan but it is so expensive. Now I find Isle of Skye 8yr old the next best scotch whisky. If I cannot find it (and it can be difficult to find) I actually turn to Jamieson !

28th May 2017

I'd buy it and serve it to my friends.

Nice Basic Scotch. Not too smokey or peaty. Great "Starter" Scotch. Holds It's own with some of the pricier single malts.

25th March 2017

Nice Surprise

enjoyed this one , very nice on its own or with a half teaspoon of water needs a little time to open up .
will buy it again.
Looking forward to trying the 12 year old

4th November 2016

Kiwi Chris is likin this likka

It's was a bit like home brew beer after the second bottle who cares. After the second dram this whisky is up there with the best best and for $39 it's definitely a very good buy.I'm not regretting my decision to buy 2 bottles before trying

21st September 2016

Very pleasurable not to get tired of.

Someone gave me a taste of Isle of Sky, but I am unclear about the age of it. The 8 year old was all I could find locally and it is very smooth. I was disappointed that it had not that peaty hint to the taste like the sample I had been given. It is extremely drinkable and my favorite for a day to day drink. I won't repeat terms of description like many. I find this an easy drink to go down, I do wish it had that peaty after taste.

9th September 2016

Shaun Neil

For the price how can you go wrong, omitting the whiskey snobs who can't see past a malt that is. Barring my wee cousin the epitome of affordable snobbery.

31st July 2016

John Fraser

Had a dram of Isle of Skye last night in a bar in Forres ,I only drink Isle of Skye but it seems to have change its flavour or it was not Isle of Skye that was in the bottle.
In fact my friends that was with me said it seems to have changed its flavour.

29th April 2016

Mr. Ronald Fraser

I normally only drink Isle of Skye whisky, but I have found a change in the taste, in fact its darker in colour and seems to be more malt tasted.
Its a pity because I have stopped drinking it, Black bottle made the same mistake about 2 years ago and a lot of people stopped drinking it.
My policy is if its selling well dont change it.

2nd December 2015


It may have changed in the last year or 2; but could be my palate that's altered. Less character and less smoke: Basically less Talisker. Taking half a star off compared to last time I had it. Forgive me Ian McC if I am wrong. Still has a certain clean-ness and is ok for sipping neat or with a drop of water

6th October 2015

Relatively good in its league by today's standards

At 1st Jun 2015: Only five mins in the glass- Nose subdued- Stick nose in glass- sting of spirits makes me sneeze- Again- vanilla, rhubarb, dates, toffee, searching hard for smoke. Mouth- satisfying weight. Taste- apples, dates, sherry, bit too much vanilla sugar- long sweet-bitter finish with trace of liquorice and youthful woody notes- madeira?.
Some water added- repeat- much the same. Afterglow. Makes you work for it- there are things developing in mid savour that I can't define- very subtle. Did it used to be better? Good budget sipping blends are getting harder to find. Black Bottle has self destructed. Teacher's is just hanging in because of its distinguished creamy profile. So Skye's a stand out blend in a bad to middling selection.
I like the initial burn of it- like the macho blends of the past. I think the roughness can be enjoyed with the gentler tones.

After 10 mins in the glass the nose reveals an intriguing suggestion of roundness- a delicious, relatively major note- toffee butterscotch pudding. I think it's got more to tell you with the right amount of water- which delays the developments enough to be better experienced in slower motion. Maybe half to 3/4 teaspoon in a 1/4 gill - Play around and see for yourself. Experiment- find your optimums.
That's my humble opinion. Star rating relative to affordability in its class.

1st July 2015

Value for money.

lovely tasting blend for the price. would buy again.

19th April 2015

Rushed spirits

Nose: heavily smokey, bittersweet, hints of apple cider.
Palate: smoke, peat, and oh so rough, the spirit in this one has been rushed. A lot. Feels like your throat is getting ripped open by acid. Practically undrinkable.
Finish: unfortunately the spirit lingers a long time...

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Unless for an enemy, and in which case why buy anything for them?
A waste of money, and a shame considering all the nice things I've heard about it. :(

28th August 2014

Excellent for the price

For the price it is a must buy. Delicious and savory. Also, don't know why but on my bottle it says 43%, not 40% as stated here.

10th April 2014


good value....surprisingly good scotch

7th October 2013

mr T

well said joe boy , ditto ditto ditto

19th July 2013

joe boy


3rd July 2013

joe boy

enjoyed this one , very nice , will buy it again

3rd July 2013

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