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Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company

(70cl, 46%)

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company

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Aerolite Lyndsay 10yo Bottling Note

From The Character of Islay Whisky Company comes a mysterious Islay single malt that goes by the name Aerolite Lyndsay. The peaty whisky has been sourced from an undisclosed distillery on the island, though we have been told that the liquid was aged for 10 years in a mixture of bourbon barrels and Spanish oak sherry quarter casks, which sounds thoroughly delicious.

Oh, and the name? If you hadn't miraculously worked it out already, Aerolite Lyndsay is in fact an anagram of the words ‘ten year old Islay’! See what they did there? Very nifty.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Lots of maritime peat, with notes of iodine intertwined with honey sweetness, paprika, salted caramel and old bookshelves.

Palate: Smoke returns alongside mint dark chocolate, espresso and new leather, with honey and soy sauce mixed together.

Finish: Boiled mint sweeties, liquorice allsorts, bonfire smoke and toffee penny, with a pinch of salt.

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Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company Reviews

No inbetween

It’s definitely a marmite.. you either love it or hate it, there’s no inbetween. It has an acquired taste, unusual and like non I’ve tasted before. I’m pleased I’ve tried it, but after a few sips, the only flavour I taste is old leather, and I’m not sure I enjoy that taste.

30th November 2020

Much better Islays for the money

Hmmm, flat? Bland? Tastes watered down. There's no punch, no Islay blast of peat or heat. It literally tastes like watered whisky. Wanted to love it, a 10 year old Islay as my absolute favourites are Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Worth £45? Not in my opinion.

12th November 2020

Yes, it’s great.

What a fucking discovery! This is one of the nicest Islay whiskies I’ve ever had - peat, smoke and sweet, like nice ‘n’ spicy NikNaks with smoked bacon.

Already on my 10th bottle.

20th September 2020

My new go-to Islay

Stands toe to toe with the big Islay brands like Lagavulin for a much lower price.

It’s very soft and drinkable, but packs a real peaty payload.

I love it.

20th September 2020

Probably an acquired taste

There are two kinds of whisky: the honeyed, fruity kind, and the smoky, peaty kind. The second one is more of an acquired taste. Aerolite Lyndsay is very much the second kind.

I like to picture a smoky highland bar where the sun sets over a misty mountain lake and craggy fishermen sit back with a pipe and talk late into the evening about the ones that got away, over a dark, smoky scotch. Maybe in that bar, an Aerolite Lyndsay would be just the perfect thing.

Unfortunately, anywhere else it tastes like something you’d paint your fence with. Mostly creosote but with a hint of road tar, notes of burnt rubber and a finish of new shoe leather. I struggled to finish the dram and I’m frankly surprised it’s sold for human consumption. But if you like that sort of thing, I guess you’ll love it.

2nd August 2020

Nicely peaty, very mellow dram. Most enjoyable.

Nicely peaty, very mellow dram. Most enjoyable.

23rd July 2020

Not the best

Attractively packaged, clever name, well publicised. But that’s where it ends. I already know that Islays don’t suit my taste but I guess I fell for the publicity and it certainly plays the best cards from the Islay deck. I’m sure that there are plenty of aficionados who love it but I won’t be trying this again ever.

In brief, straight away I was getting musty old creosoted garden fence with aniseed undertones and really heavy Esters from my tasting glass to the point where I felt it would knock me out.

Back to the best of the blends after this, thinking Cutty Sark Prohibition or my all time favourite Chivas.

14th July 2020

A fine dram

Not over peaty to me - does this suggest that it doesn't sit as a typical dram from some distilleries renowned for it? Whatever, it's a fine dram, sweet like Lagavulin and well priced for a 10 year old Islay. The merest splash of water encourages it to bloom. Lovely.

1st July 2020

This could be from anywhere on Islay or a mixture of surplus

So it is an Islay Malt from whatever distillery is getting shot of any excess.

1st July 2020

Wow what a discovery!

Love it when undisclosed distillery bottles become available and this one doesn't disappoint! Incredible smell and a taste which just says crikey that's a good whisky!

18th June 2020

Best name!

I havent tasted it yet. But it shares it's name with me (best spelling too) so it must be fantastic

8th June 2020

As the good doctor says...

Just a great Islay for popping the cork with friends and enjoying over an evening. Not too challenging or heavy. Crisp and defined Islay flavours to drink rather than think about too much. Great value.

8th June 2020

Good Islay for the price

Very nice for the price. I am no expert but would be amazed if this is not from Laphroaig.

5th June 2020


Very light colour, peaty on the nose but with a harsh alcohol undertone. Not pleasant to drink, it claims to be a single malt so I don’t doubt it but tastes like a blend with a lot of grain whisky and the overall impression is very disappointing. I wanted to try it but would recommend Lagavulin every time over this or Laphroaig if you like a stronger peat but I would recommend trying it first to see if it is to your taste. I won’t be finishing the first glass of this, sorry but it is a cheap scotch.

4th June 2020

e150 be gone!

I love Islay whisky but am allergic to e150 caramel so have to avoid the big brands. Got this as a gift for my (sad)lockdown birthday and was delighted... everything I love about easy-drinking, pure, non-chill-filtered or coloured Islay whisky

29th May 2020

Islay character all over, more to it though with the sherry cask really adding a wealth of extra fragrances and flavors. Smooth, gentle, balanced, varied, I couldn't ask for more = a new go to dram to me, bang for buck for ± £ 45 ...

As an all time fan of Islay character this should be right up my alley, the start is promising bringing the expected peat punch, a good deal of ashy smoke, wee medicinal hints and a handful of dry sultanas in the midst. Not big on coastal notes surprisingly, as sourced from an undisclosed Islay distillery my findings may already rule out some of them ...

Lovely sweet peat, I'd estimate between 30 and 40 ppm so satisfying for the peat lover in me and not palate breaking for the Islay style newbie I reckon. Good load of ashy smoke mingles with elegant sherry, sultanas once more up front aided by gentle dark chocolate and tobacco drought in the depth. The tiny medicinal hints guide me in the direction of a specific distillery now, the ever relatively shy coastal notes do also. Fine balance, an original and full flavor single malt package that charms me effortlessly.

Fresh pepper rules before the peat and ashes start to linger. Never too hot, remaining smooth yet persistent in length.

Islay character all over, more to it though with the sherry cask really adding a wealth of extra fragrances and flavors. Smooth, gentle, balanced, varied, I couldn't ask for more = a new go to dram to me, bang for buck for ± £ 45 ...

26th May 2020

Lovely smooth peaty dram

what a lovely dram, easy drinking, peaty but not in your face will buy again

12th May 2020

Very average

Not very good poor taste short finish. Expected better from Islay

24th April 2020


It's ok. It doesn't blow me away, and the finish is rather short. For similar money I'd rather get a Kilchoman Sanaig, Bunnahabhain 12, Lagavulin 16...

11th April 2020

Quirky and balanced.

I'm not sure which distillery this tasty liquid comes from, but I think it might sound a lot like Koal Ela. Super tasty and a fun little anagram (Aerolite Lyndsay -> Ten Year Old Islay).

4th February 2020

Simply delicious!

Simply delicious! A lovely go-to mid-week dram that just keeps on giving. I love my Islay whiskies as peaty as they come, but this has a nice balance and isn't too in your face for the Islay newcomer. Will certainly be purchasing this again soon!

29th January 2020

Very enjoyable.

Initially on opening I thought of Lagavulin. However on tasting and spending a little more time with this whisky I have decided it is from Laphraoig. Definitely from the south of Islas.

25th December 2019

Yes. YES!

Friends over, not all whisky drinkers, let alone Islay, and once this was poured it never stopped! I have a handful of go-to islays on my shelf but this one just bumped its way in for its sheer crowd pleasing drink-ability. And it looks cool, too

10th December 2019

Will revisit

Nose in bottle ....strong inky iodine notes
Palate smooth rounded gentle peaty notes .chocolate
Long finish smooth.
A real treat

5th December 2019

Definitely buying again

Easy drinking , subtle - easy introduction to Islay whiskey

3rd December 2019


Excellent malt definitely one to buy again.

22nd November 2019


Solid Islay Malt with an absolutely incredible mouthfeel... this is both complex and easy drinking. Big, long, everything it should be.

29th September 2019

All the deliciousness

Cracked open this wee beauty while away on Islay and didn't even get a chance to replace the core before the whisky was gone. A tasty tasty sharing dram. I can't wait for the rest of the range to release.

20th September 2019

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