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The Big Strand

(70cl, 46%)

The Big Strand

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The Big Strand Bottling Note

A single malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed distillery on Islay, bottled by Morrison & MacKay. The name, The Big Strand, comes from the long sandy beach way out west on the Isle of Islay.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Delightfully coastal, with hints of oily barley underneath.

Palate: The coastal theme continues on the palate, with a touch of bonfires too.

Finish: Vanilla and smoke. Some fresh fruit sweetness.

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Big Strand Reviews


Lovely but I can not get my hands on a bottle at the moment. It has been so long I have nearly forgotten how good it is

4th September 2020

My absolute favorite

I found this as a taster at the Scotch Whiskey Museum when visiting in 2017. Since then, it’s become my absolute favorite. If you appreciate peat, smoke and sea salt, this is the one for you. Since I can’t find this in the US, I was asking clients to bring bottles back for me. I don’t open one until I have a back up. For the price and the tasting notes and nose? It cannot be beat.

18th August 2020

Lovely flavour time and time again

Found big strand at a game fair, loved it, smooth, slightly peaty taste but i like that, the taste lingers on the tongue
Iv had 4 bottles now and ready for another, its become a foundation scotch in my collection of malts

3rd March 2020

Sweet peat!

Just had a Glenfairn glass of this in the Clachan Inn, Drymen. Lovely dram with a fine balance of fruitiness and smoke. Has the sweetness associated with Caol ila.

18th October 2019

Very different, a bit niche

Interesting malt. It's a grower but needs to be drunk carefully and slowly to appreciate the flavours. The nose is very light, sweet and deceptive.Drink it quickly and you miss the peaty smokiness as the sharpness on the tip of your tongue can be overpowering. I'm still undecided on this one but would rather spend my money on Laphroaig or Talisker Dark Storm. Luckily my wife bought it for me!

20th September 2019

Chain smoker at a friendly price

Exactly what was expected. Heavy smokey flavour that whiskies from Islay are known for, at surprisingly low cost. Definitelly a purchase I haven't regreted

24th June 2019

Try it if your a whisky fan

Excellent value for a Islay malt some of the reviewers should stick to supermarkets cheap own brands. All that is good in a west coast malt

6th June 2019

Very good value Islay

Most of the negative reviews here seem to be marking this down for it's distinctive smokeyness, seems harsh when it's reasonable to expect that from Islay whiskies.

Light and crisp with a heavy amount of peat. Very easy drinking for fans of smokey whiskies, and certainly worth it's minimal cost

20th May 2019

Neat peat

Cough mixture. Distillery is South Islay and very peaty:? Ardbeg. Wish I had not bought it

5th February 2019

Not for me

Feels like im drinking a liquid version of an industrial fire.

13th January 2018

Lovely seaside dram

Reminiscent of delicious Ardbeg and Laphroaig whiskies with good balance of peat and smoke but less intense "iodine" flavours and hence easier drinking. Enjoyed this one a lot. Great price too.

11th January 2018

Nice dram, especially for the price

I have to disagree with others who presumably also had this in the advent calendar. This is a nice round dram, with an oily mouthfeel and bold seaside and campfire flavors, rounded out by a nice oak flavor . It doesn’t bite much, and even less so with a small drop of water.

30th December 2017

too sharp

Sadly this one is not for me. Has an overpowering sharpness that I could not find enjoyable.

27th December 2017


Like licking an ash tray without the texture normally associated with old cigarette butts

25th December 2017

Great Value Islay Malt Blend

Somewhat lighter flavour than Laphroag's Quater Cask with some younger whiskies. Very enjoyable at a good strength and no colouring. Lovely stuff and excellent value -

24th December 2017

A happy whisky

The fruitiest single malt ever. Try with a roast bird and gravy. The smokiness with citrusy undertones and the vanilla will pair beautifully

17th December 2017


A lover of many fine and cheaper Whiskeys this was definetly one of my least enjoyed. Smoke flavor tasted more like burnt oil and ammonia.

15th December 2017

I think I don’t like pear

Not a fan of bonfires

13th December 2017

Simply perfect..

One of my favorites! Very good value for money! 👌🏻

20th September 2017

Cracker of a cheap Islay

Young caol ila.....vanilla...smoke...more smoke...maybe a wee blast of candied lemon.....but bang for your buck a cracker

11th April 2017


Very nice dram. Young but full of flavour. Nice smoke. Love it.

19th March 2017

A long walk on a windy beach......Go for it

Fantastic bonfire smoke and ash with Windy coastal sea spray, At half the price of a lot of Islay Whisky don't let the non age statement put you off.

5th March 2017

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