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Smokey Joe Islay Malt

(70cl, 46%)

Smokey Joe Islay Malt

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Smokey Joe Islay Malt Bottling Note

A blended malt made up of different Islay single malt whiskies. We're not sure which ones, exactly, but we do know that it tastes delicious!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

An immensely fruity nose with note of melon and pear with peat smoke lurking behind. The palate retains the big fruity flavours of the nose with the smoke roaring in. This is an intensely satisfying Islay malt, well worth a try.

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Smokey Joe Islay Malt Reviews

best bang for buck peated scotch

excellent scotch for the price. smoother than laphroig.

1st February 2020

Top 10.

Second try...Honey butter on toast pear and melon. Buttery cooked fruit Smoky palate some tar and fire pit and spice finish that goes on and on. I am a long time single malt scotch drinker not easily impressed with blends but since my palate has settled on islay this blend will now sit next to cask islay and dunbheagan which are equally impressive islay blends.

11th December 2019


Laguvalin in nature. Less iodine but long Smoky spicy finish. Great value at $36. Two of these for the price of a laguvalin 16.

11th December 2019

Bruichladdich and Lagavulin

The nose is meaty, coleslaw salad, alot of smoke, a bit earthy and melon as well.
It has a mellow taste of coleslaw salad, not as much as you get from some octomore (therefore I think bruichladdich is one of the whiskies) I also think Lagavulin is there becouse of the meatyness. Wow, what a blend.
I can't get that this is in the same price catagory as Ileach and Macleod's Islay.

28th November 2017

If you like Bowmore at $60, you will love this at $35.

I have been blessed to be an avid malt drinker for over 30 years now, beginning of course, with Glenlivet and Glenfiddich but ending up in the brine with a mouthful of peat somewhere off the coast of Islay in the North Sea.

That being said, Smokey Joe was a heck of a surprise. I kid you not, this whiskey is a Bowmore, no doubt about it, probably around a 12. Superb whiskey, and a superior buy. Thats it. Hope it helps!

13th July 2017

Get Real. Enjoy. Don't be a snob.

I am not a snob, but have had the opportunity to taste all the greats. My palate prefers the Islays, with the Governor and Laps on top. I just tried Smokey Joe. I kid you not, this is Bowmore 12 bottled inside a catchy name. The big brands are always looking for a way to distribute over production. Guys, this is the real deal. A Bowmore, maybe not 12 but no less than 10. I love it! I am not one who participates is the child's game of , "my scotch is older than your's war". Mac was built on 8, not 12 or 18 that the americans show off to their friends.

19th June 2017

Now my # 1 scotch drink.

If you like lots and lots of peat you will like Smokey Joe. I was a bit shocked with the first taste of Smokey Joe but by the time the bottle was finished I'd become it's number one fan. You have to be a heavy peat fan to like Smokey Joe.

29th April 2017


Yes it's slightly friuty with a slight smokey ending. Delicious!

8th January 2017

Good value for money

A pleasant whisky that needs some water. And the distilleries don't make a secret that they contribute to it. Ardbeg, Bowmore and Coal Ila.

12th September 2016


The only reason this got a half star is that there wasn't an option for negative numbers. A bottle of Clan MacGregor with Liquid Smoke added would be better than this. I guess since Laphroaig and Bowmore are my favorite whiskeys, it had a lot to live up to but this stuff is nasty. My wife poured hers out. I tried to tough it out and eventually tried adding ice and a Coke. Poured it out. We'll probably either pour this out (in a safe place) or use it as part of a marinade for the smoker.

16th July 2016

Day Four...Smokey Joe

The nose is sour smoke and butterscotch with a hint of peat, some would definitely interpret the nose as being fruity but I seem to get a less descript aroma, nothing specific.

A lot of the "off" notes have died down and the sourness has mellowed and has become pleasant. There's a lot of butterscotch on the palate, saltiness, smoke...finally. The "heat" has disappeared for me but that could be due to me drinking some Cask strength Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (Good Stuff!).

My opinion of Smokey Joe has improved. Now I'd welcome a dram of it. It did take me the entire bottle to really get to know the Smokey Joe, and the flavors did change rather drastically as the bottle emptied. I'm sipping on the last dram as I write this review.

Summary; Don't buy it if you're looking for Laphroaig, Ardbeg, or Lagavulin. If you go into it looking to buy an relatively inexpensive "smokey" Scotch for its own individuality then I think, if you give it a chance, you'll like it. But if you do the opposite you'll be very disappointed. The big three are classics for a reason (though I personally haven't been too enthusiastic about the Lagavulin 16 thus far) so don't expect Smokey Joe to replace or replicate their nose and flavors.

The price point is part of my calculation for giving it three stars.

22nd February 2016

Day Two...

Okay...twelve measured drops of water (slightly over a half ml) to help open this malt up. Wait for a few minutes, take a sniff...The sourness has died down some but I find a lack of smoke in this dram, rather then lots of smoke as advertised. I keep nosing it but don't get much beyond the lingering sourness, though much less then before, and with a hint of sweetness, maybe a touch of oak trying to come through but failing. The arrival is buttery but quickly turns to the bitter side of things, a little lemon on the side, slightly fizzy with more oak finally showing itself on the palate.

The whisky is slightly hot (46% ABV) and the finish isn't very pleasant but it isn't the worst either. I get bitterness, cigarette butt ash ending in flatness. The first quarter of the bottle is gone. More air in the bottle seems to have helped this whisky a bit. I believe it will get better as the bottle goes down and more space is left in the bottle.

Overall, it isn't terrible whisky but it isn't good whisky either. People who love Laphroaig will not love this. At some point you feel like you can taste a hint of Laphroaig 10 but then the sensation is lost and you feel cheated. I like Scotch so I wouldn't turn this down if someone gave it to me but I highly doubt I'd buy another bottle. For people who are chasing the big Islay Single Malts (Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroaig) and trying to get some satisfaction from a less expensive dram...well...thus far I don't think it can be done.

I still have a little smidgen of hope left that maybe somewhere out there, an inexpensive whisky that is smokey and peaty and reasonably priced actually exists. It's bad enough we're over-paying for the genuine article. Most of the once good whiskies have been given the hug of death by the likes of Jim Murray and have led to prices skyrocketing. Who wants to spend $80.00 + tax for a bottle of Lagavulin 16?

19th February 2016


Is there a way we can rate the people giving the reviews? I know that taste can be rather subjective but a good dram is a good dram. I'm sick of being misled by bad "good" reviews. Thus far Smokey Joe is not a hit for me. It has a sourness to the nose and the palate, is way too sweet and the smoke has no real depth or flavor. If it wasn't bottled at 46% I'd feel even worse. Maybe I'll come back in a couple of days and see if anything has changed about this vatted malt. I'm not very optimistic at the moment. This is the third bottle of Scotch I have purchased that seems to be tainted with a weird sourness that shouldn't be there.

19th February 2016

Boy, I LIKE it!

Surprised the heck out of me.

A definite thumbs up -- for the price, a NO-Brainer.

30th June 2015


Go for Big Peat instead...

25th April 2015

Really bad

Very little taste or flavour. Smells like a smoked carpet that a smoked wet dog has been laying on for a week. Ugh really terrible whisky....long time since ive tried something this bad. Islay whiskies is my choice of whisky...but this is like how I imagine a Lagavulin gone really wrong would taste like. Smoke is sour too.

12th April 2015

Best of the Islay Blends

Peat smoke and citrus on the nose; a combination of dry, sooty smoke and an oily mouthfeel on the palate; all wrapped up by a peaty, peppery finish. There's a few Islay blended malts floating around, and this one is by far the best I've tried.

As for what's in it..? The backbone is definitely Caol Ila, but the smoke is more reminiscent of Ardbeg. Those two would be my main guess anyway.

9th April 2015

Smokey Joe

Peat and wood lovers be aware of this excellent blend!

More smoke than Smokehead, a massive taste of peat and just all round fantastic whisky. I bought this on a whim just a few weeks ago and it's all gone already as I had to let friends have a nip to prove it's worth.

Will definitely be buying again but keeping it for myself. Lovely.

21st December 2014

What's in it?

I have it from a respected authority, i.e.(he drinks it regularly and has delivered many independent whisky reviews), that the contributing distilleries are Caol Ila, Bowmore & Ardbeg. If so that explains why this is so good! I merely relay this info without being able to authenticate it of course!

27th August 2014

Smokey Joe

This is a very very good whisky. Try it, it will not let you down.

25th August 2014

Smokey Joe

I cqn name 50 better Islay whisky for this price ! Sorry, rubbish !

11th August 2014


This is one great malt blend! For the price it's superb: 46%, non-chill filtered... wow! And the taste is wonderful! A soft smokey Islay taste. Smoke, Citrus, Fenollic. I love it.

16th May 2014


It's a blended malt, yes. I think the individual that wrote the original bottling note for this product must have been having a little smokey of his own at the time! So, it's a blend of different single malts from Islay, but not a "blended whisky", as there's no grain whisky included. As for the 'secret distillery' thing, it isn't complete nonsense in some cases (as explained on our blog in reference to our own Secret Bottling Series: but apologies if we were inadvertently misleading on this one! - The Chaps at Master of Malt

20th March 2014


This is a blend, isn't it?? What is this rubbish about keeping the distillery a "secret" so it can be sold more cheaply?? Perhaps you guys shouldn't be quite as misleading with your answers in future...

19th March 2014

Smokey Joe

Simply wonderful flavours, some great peat and islay traits! It is an Islay Malt Scotch Whisky - a stunning blend of the local Islay Malt Scotch Whiskies.

11th February 2014

Excuse my Laphroaig typo above!

...and you won't get a better Islay for the price than Smokey Joe

4th December 2013

Smokey Joe

Lovely and smokey with a lot of sweetness too (particularly if you pour then leave it for a few mins before consuming). Won't knock your block off like Laphroig but still has all the yummy goodness of an Islay.

4th December 2013


It's a blended comes from various distilleries

16th November 2013


More ferocious than Laphroaig and/or Ardbeg. This requires more study.

28th October 2013


Hi there, by keeping the distillery a secret, this whisky can be offered at a much lower price! It's a win-win, really (if you like peated whisky). --The Chaps at Master of Malt

17th June 2013


why cant i find the distillery it comes from?

15th June 2013

Povilas (

Really great price for the quality it delivers. Great smoky flavors with some burnt wood and orange peel with seaweed.

8th May 2013


smoke is awesome, if fan of intense islay malt this is right up there.

1st May 2013

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