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The Ileach Peaty

(70cl, 40%)

The Ileach Peaty

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Ileach Peaty Bottling Note

The Ileach Peaty (pronounced Eee-luhk) is a young and peaty single malt whisky from a secret Islay distillery, independently bottled by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company. Ileach is what the Islay natives call themselves, and this whisky is Islay through and through. There’s no mucking about here, this is one peaty dram. Of course, it says so in the name.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Youthful peat, herbal notes, oak, grassy, notes of the coast.

Palate: Sublimely smooth malty notes, peat, peppery spices, tannins, a touch of fruit.

Finish: Faint iodine. Coastal notes, malt.

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Ileach Peaty Reviews

This young one has kept some wonderous liquid away from the angels.....

This is just superb! As an ex smoker my first sniff was a lit roll up, maybe even the type more daring students would pass around when I was at Music College, which then settled to normal peaty smokiness. I agree with all of your tasting notes. Could the fruit be plumbs on the pallate? I'm close to heaven with this one...

8th October 2020

A whisky with peat like a terrible film with Al Pacino

I remember the reek of tequila and a 'this is a peaty whisky' realisation, a little bit like when Al Pacino lends his name to a terrible film - you know, 'Oh, look, it's Al Pacino' - but 5 minutes after the glass is empty, there's no aroma and no aftertaste left. A poor script for a great actor.

15th August 2020

August 13 2020

A very good dram good on the nose and nice and peaty and at the price a bargain cheers

13th August 2020

True bargain for its price

This would be a perfect delight after a moose hunting day late November. Fits for a rainy summer day as well.

13th July 2020

8july 2020

A very nice and smooth young whisky l could drink this all day long and for the price a good buy cheers

8th July 2020

a breakfast whisky

i could just drink this all the time...excellent peaty flavour and smooth. you could splash it on your cornflakes.

6th May 2020

One to divide...

I can see why the reviews vary a lot with this one. Yes, it is unashamedly peaty. If this is a surprise then, well I actually don't know what to say! It is young and the finish is a little on the short side but the nose is lovely and complex, changing with time and water. The palate is actually very amenable and overall this is a very worthwhile, and good value, malt. Go on - make your own mind up!

29th April 2020

Best peated Islay at this price range. Nose: delicious rich smoke and barely, hint of fruitiness. Reminds me of the bouquet of all the malting rooms of the distilleries I visited on Islay. Palate: deep smoke with hints of vanilla/heather sweetness,

Best whisky I've had at anything close to this price. Nose: delicious rich smoke and barely, hint of fruitiness. Reminds me of the bouquet of all the malting rooms of the distilleries I visited on Islay. Palate: deep smoke with hints of vanilla/heather sweetness, maybe a bit of oak/wood spice. Clearly one of the 'big boys' among Islay distilleries putting out a budget label and totally killing it. I'm definitely keeping a bottle of this around for when I want that luscious peat without feeling guilty about the price.
If you like the smokey Island/Islay whiskys but don't want the price associated with most of the big name distilleries, then you'll love this.

Anyone who gives this a bad review obviously just doesn't like the heavily peated whiskies.

21st January 2020

A delicious dram.

I can’t believe the negative comments about this whisky. It may be young but it delivers an initial burst of smooth flavour and peatyness. Admittedly it doesn’t linger for long but the finish is without any bitterness which, for me, is one of the measure of a good whisky. Definitely one that won’t disappoint for those who appreciate Islay whiskies.

17th October 2019

Tastes like the seaside

Peat and brine, and really rather pleasant. Not the most complex whisky in the world but deferentially something I'd order again.

8th August 2019

I'll buy this again. Great value.

Great value in an Islay single malt. Not overly complex but great nose and nice finish. Almost salty finish in a good way.
Might be amazing if it spends another few years in the barrel.

14th July 2019

Good Islay Expression

A good "middle of the road" Isaly style whiskey. Bought in Japan - and amazing value. recommended for those who cannot quite make it to Laphroiag.

9th March 2019

If you like peaty, you'll love this!

Rumour has it that this is a young Lagavulin, and I can well believe it. Personally I find that Lagavulin and Laphroig in their older states a bit too intense for my liking - I prefer the slightly lighter, less 'kippery' or 'TCP' flavoured, Islay malts like Bruichladdich or Bunnahabhain, so if you like those, then this one would be worth a try. It could be a Port Charlotte, though, and memories of that malt in its pre-mothballed days equate to this one. That said, if you don't like peaty, then this might not be the malt for you. However if you do, and you want one that lingers pleasantly without searing your tastebuds, then this is a lovely malt!

17th November 2018

Over the top with peat

If you remember Lysol you know what I am trying to convey

25th September 2018

The smell was bad enough

My husband poured a glass (which by the way he didn't like at all ( "far too strong peaty taste" ) but I couldn't stand the smell, it was like a horrible medicine and he says he would definitely not buy again. I enjoy a nice whisky but wouldn't even try it after smelling that.

9th September 2018

A very good buy

Pleasant smoky smell and taste, with a long and enjoyable aftertaste

26th August 2018

Total failure

Tastes as though its been concocted in a lab not a distillery. The potent stench was enough to make my wife leave the room. Long lasting metallic aftertaste

8th July 2018

the worst.

First sip... raw new-make spirit. Tequila with peat smoke. Perhaps the worst whisky I have tasted since Wolfburn 3 y/o (and that was barely drinkable).

Lagavulin, Caol isla/ who knows - it would shame both of them, so no wonder it's anonymous.

I so hope that the folks below that gave it 5 stars, buy the rest of the production & take it off the market.

20th May 2018

Will definitely buy again

Very pleasing. My favorite taste very similar to Ardbeg. Another great from Islay

3rd April 2018

worth a punt

I was unsure at first and kept going back to try it again. unfortunately the bottle is now empty. I would definitely get another. its not for wimps is iodine poured over peat and filtered through a hessian sack. Delicious in my opinion for a thirty quid bottle and worth a punt.

29th December 2017

hidden gem

Smooth, sweet buttery aftertaste with the right amount of smokey peat. If you're not into peat, this one is not for you. Definitely a good " go to bottle" and a must have for the serious Scotch lover. A great Scotch for the price, a hidden gem.

1st November 2017

Strong hints of sweet burnt candy with lingering peaty taste.

Tried it for the first, didn't try cask strength, but wit a stoater of a wee dram if you like strong flavoured peaty and smokey Islay whisky. Definately a keeper. Good in coffee too.

28th August 2017

Too strong smoke.

Not my drink

18th August 2017

No depth!

What is there besides of smoke and barbecue? I fully understand why the producer hide, / Calicus Gustato

20th May 2017

No thanks!

No thanks!
I bought it in Vienna at 30 Euro in a small specialised Whisky shop, bought it, tasted it, but after everything else I know from Islay, this is the one that disappointed me most. It wants to be everything you expect from your other favourite whisky's, but has nothing to surprise you. A sad spin-off of a generally much appreciated Island.

29th April 2017

Falls short

Well let's start by saying that I am a fan of the Island style scotches. Peaty and salty with some sweetness with a long finish..........
Then there's this dram- very smoky on the nose. Some sweet caramel and vanilla tones as well. But upon tasting the smoke disappears and young spirit shines through. Still some salt and sherry sweetness but a sharp finish. Almost unrefined. I have had the ileach cask strength and it is head an shoulders above this. Not a "bad" dram. But lacking the depth and character many of us love from an islay scotch.

9th February 2017

There is NO better.., this is IT...

Whisky is science and the supply is endless. Finally, exhausted I simply just bought a bottle of every peated whisky I could find. Many are very good, Laphrohaig, Ardbeg etc., but if you compare what you get for your money, there is ONE outstanding winner, ILEACH. The man from Islay is very peaty with all the characteristics of more expensive labels, with a slightly fruity and sweet aftertaste, simply the true nectar of Gods. Another praiseworthy blended label is Islay Mist, but where Islay Mist leaves you with a slightly sharp and bitter aftertaste, the ILEACH leaves you with a warm sweet embrace that makes you want to come back for more. Actually, disregarding everything else, I would have the ILEACH as my first choice of all peated whiskys, and then the price tag just adds on to my conviction. ILEACH, you got me forever, I love you...

5th January 2017

Kind of disappointing.

Had heard some good things about this whisky so was pleased to get a bottle for Christmas.

The nose is quite nice, pretty much what you'd expect from an Islay malt, smoky and phenolic. It's nice on the palate, good smoke, saltiness and peat and a little sweetness, too, and a good oily mouth-feel, but there's clearly some young spirit in there, which makes it a little bit rough.

But the finish is what really lets it down. Short, bitter, and extremely dry.

For the price you could pick up a bottle of Laphroaig 10 when it's on offer and that would be a much better way to spend your money. In fact, there's a lot of better whisky out there you can pick up around the £30 mark.

1st January 2017

Decent if not touch weak

Nose: Dense smoke with syrupy sweetness surrounding. Bit of melon hooka smell reminiscent of Jura Supersition.
Taste: Bit light on the palate, and less texture/body, yet I still wouldn't call it terribly smooth. Definitely some peat (sorry previous poster!) but I'll agree its not substantial (see Port Askaig 100 for this). Short finish.
With water: Becomes lifeless, tinny and artificial, again very reminiscent of the weaker of Jura Superstition.
Overall, not offensive, but not terribly intriguing. Several better Islay options exist in this year's Scotch calendar.

18th December 2016

About the term"smokey"

I did buy the bottle by my self, that much is true. Then when I tried it, and I wanted the smokeyness to roll me over, I stood there thinking 4 myself, was this maybe the bottle that my friend came with, a Glenlivet Whisky. I had to look at the bottle again, no this is/was the bottle that I bought. Then I thought, maybe this a bad dream I´m in. I poured up a double Ardbeg just to be sure. No, I told myself, U´r not dreaming, that was smokey. Ahh ummm, went through my head. Notes from the coast line, oaky, mature peat and a lot of Rock´n Roll. The term smokey gets to us in different ways, I would say, maybe Churchill said that too. I don´t know, 4 sure, but I can say that if there is any smokey rings in the bottle of Ileach, you might find it in the last drops in the bottle, cause I didn´t found any at all. Sorry guys. And all this talk about a young Lagavulin, please don´t curse. Smokegetsinyoureyes.

18th November 2016

Awful Whisky !!

This whisky should not even been on sale truly disgusting bad nose, rough rough rough. Its not often that the nose on a whisky is so off putting that you can barely bring yourself to sample it anyone who is buying this is wasting their money!

13th November 2016

Peat Suprise

I have several friends whom have introduced me to Whisky's. In my search for the one that best suites my taste, the wife and I visited Scotland this last Sept and in our travels I have the pleasure of tasting several, I mean seriously several different Scotches in this unusual tasting room. More of a touristy type environment, however over the many samples I came across this fine peaty full flavored, creamy and not overly bitty Scotch Whisky I truly enjoyed. And without hesitation I purchased me a bottle. I also purchased several minis to enjoy before my flight home to the US. I have been savoring this bottle for I have been unsuccessful in locating any until now.

6th November 2016

I really liked it

The reviews reflect different people's taste, so are wide ranging, which is the beauty of whisky in it's many different characteristics. Look long enough there is one for you. So please do not slag something that does not suit your palate - just describe your experience for the benefit of others. If you think peaty = compost then a lot of distilleries must struggle to make ends meet - they do not.

1st October 2016

Well, for that price

It's alright. No more, no less. I was expecting it to be a lot better. A little disappointed. Not too price-worthy, I have to say.

/The Swede

1st September 2016

G Ripley

My first and last peaty whiskjy
Being a fan of single malt I bought my first bottle of Ileach Whisky in anticipation of a great treat. Ugh, it was horrible! A taste of potting compost and a nose of hospital disinfectant. The bottle will be left untouched! Back to my beloved 10year Glenmorangie.

20th June 2016

Gordon, Motherwell

Superb Malt, truly wonderful flavours

13th May 2016


Smoke and sweetness, nothing moore

29th April 2016

decent value for money, but..

The smoke and peat of the Ileach is great for the nose but the finish is too weak and frankly very disapointing.
From the aroma you would expect a more salty and edged palate and finish.
I would rather spend i bit more and get a bottle of Laphroaig 10.

27th March 2016


Excellent value, very smooth with great flavour. Does not need ice or water. In short, a real enjoyment.

16th March 2016


Awesome value for money , Fantastic flavours

12th March 2016

Like a bowmore legend.

Very Nice for the price tag. Much alike bowmore legend but with a little more kick..

27th February 2016

Truly great!

I hold Lagavulin in the highest regard. It's by far one of the best whiskeys I've had the pleasure of enjoying.
The Ileach, to me, reminds me of an younger Lagavulin. It certainly lacks a bit of depths, like most youngsters do. But it's fine. It really is. For this price, it's a bargain.

Tomas, Sweden.

18th February 2016

Buy Talisker 10 instead

This is nice only if you drink it fast, the taste is too small and watery. If you want a nice getting drink whisky buy I would recommend this. But if you want to relax and take some sips I would buy Talisker 10 instead.

17th February 2016

smoke gets in your throat

Tastes like you've swallowed a bonfire, just the best of Islay.

13th February 2016

I can't help thinking of Wiener wuerstchen flavours..sort of hickory smoke meets..seaweed and smoked fish..really complex and fantastic...don't add water or ice


10th February 2016


Lasting smokiness', fantastic!

29th January 2016

Top class, amazing value for money

It shows you what great selection they have here and what gems can be found without spending over £30. I tasted this in the super peaty tasting set and I loved it. Ok it may not be the most refined scoth out there but for green coastal flavour its a big winner

28th January 2016


Honestly I had in my hands the highland park 12 and was ready to buy but I thought that I want to try the Ileach as It has something "hidden" in his origins and maybe in taste.
Great peat, smoky enough not to blow your mind, very taste and strong enough. great aftertaste.
though I prefer Connemara if I compare it with an other peated whisky.
try this, it has aven a great price, here it costs 309 swe krones, it must be around 35-40 euro.

9th January 2016

Worth it's money x1,25

5/5 for the quality for the cheap price you get!

6th January 2016


Got a tasting kit for Xmas and this was in it. First class

5th January 2016

Eric Rowell

Thoroughly enjoyed it - ordering two bottles for my son's management friends for Xmasd

17th December 2015


Pleasant peaty flavour with a hint of mabe vanilla or cream

29th August 2015

A bit better now ..

.. that the bottle's been open a week or so, it's not so 'vicious puppy' and although the finish is still short and weak, it's quite pleasant.

23rd July 2015

Still a disappointment

Trying it again tonight, still no joy. I looked at Ralfy's review of the cask strength, he reckons it emanates very young Bowmore. I just finished a bottle of Bowmore 12, it was decent. It's nothing like a Laphroaig or a Lagavulin, so I'm more inclined to trust Ralfy as it's not unlike the Bowmore I just finished.

15th July 2015

A disappointment

Smacks you in the face and runs off. No real complexity, it has an almost watery, weak finish. It's not too bad considering the money, but I can't understand the 'rave reviews'. It's not a malt that brings me any joy, comfort or excitement.

14th July 2015

A hint is on the Bottle

"From the Queen of the Hebrides" may this well be Miss Bessie Williamson.......
Laphroaig many have said that you "Love it or hate it which by what it seems is being said about Ileach, for the record I love it...

8th May 2015

For Peats Sake

I believe this drop is from Kilchoman distillery

5th May 2015

Good buy

I have to admit it, I was going through the shelves looking for a good buy, and saw this one. I love Lagavulin so I thought I should give it a try. When you buy something for a good price, you never really now what to expect, but I must say I loved it!

29th April 2015

Edinburgh Castle

I was looking for a "smoky" and "peaty" Whiskey and I bought this at Edinburgh Castle, as the manager in the Whiskey shop recommended it to me. He gave me a few samples and this was the one for me. Its has hints of the Sea in the taste and a lovely smoky sensation on the nose and tongue.
Its not for everyone, but its worth having a bottle in.

12th April 2015


I like it. Since years I´ve "imported" Finlaggan whenever I´ve visited a country where this peaty and smokey Islay malt is sold. But now I´ve discovered that another "secret" Islay malt is sold i Sweden: Ileach. My first bottle was not the last.

2nd January 2015

I agree it's from the Caol Ila

This is definitely from the Caol Ila distillery. It's OK but not to my taste, but you get what you pay for.

23rd December 2014


very tasty whisky indeed very similar to laphroig as people have mentioned well worth the price

6th November 2014

Young Lagavulin is great!

This delicious Islay whisky is, without a shadow of a doubt, a young Lagavulin. Both the complex peaty-sherried taste and, in particular and decisively, the deep sherry-red colour are only produced by one excellent distillery on Islay. I love it, but the standard Lagavulin 16 y.o. remains my first choice.

4th November 2014


This is a superbly priced single malt, smoky peat with a finish of vanilla and a superb sweetness to it! Perfect purchase.

24th October 2014


This is whisky for the rough men. As a fisherman it´s just what you need when unloading and arrived home. Welcome home!

3rd August 2014

Changed my life

This whiskey tastes better than any other and gave me the ability to fly - once.

31st July 2014

Pleasantly surprised by the rich aroma and peaty but very pleasant aftertaste.

I am also a peat lover, and this was surprising realy in my taste. It was in my opinion a lot of good tastes that surprised me well with the smoke. Sure a very good single malt. Nothing could be better for the price. Nice!

26th June 2014


A very good single malt.Nothing could be better for the price.

20th June 2014

A Picture Does Not Tell every Story!

There is much speculation on which distillery this 'secret' Islay malt comes from. I have to say that I don;t think any of the great distilleries on Islay would own up to this! It is very underpowered, completely unbalanced and has more than a taint of the dreaded sulphur from a poor sherry cask. Not what a fancy label portrays or the picture depicts this is NOT representative of the superb Islay malts. Cheapness usually means poor quality and in this case it simply pays to pay for the price of a true Islay malt and not a cheap imitation.
R. Swinhoe

12th May 2014

Ich bin überrascht von dem gehaltvollen, fruchtigen, aber nicht aufdrängendem Geschmack. Eine tolle Sache,

Absolut zu empfehlen. Leute die diesen Whisky nicht kennen werden sehr positive überrascht sein.
Das gilt auch beim mehrmaligen Versuch und auch nach mehreren Tagen.
Ich bin ein Malt Liebhaber seit über 25 Jahren.
Hans Luginbühl
Kriens Schweiz

6th May 2014

You are all wrong

What you are drinking is a young Caol Ila.

25th March 2014


Real good whisky to a real good price! Buy!!

12th March 2014

Not my cup of tee

I am a peat lover, but this was not realy in my taste. It was in my opinion a lot of tastes that did not blend well with the smoke.

9th February 2014


A great Whiskey and a good prica.

7th February 2014


Buy this. As we say in Cornwall "tis bleedy ansome"

1st January 2014

Its à Lagavulin

Lagavulin makes this whiskey . It is an 8 years one. tjats why they dont put there on name on it.

25th September 2013

joe boy


23rd August 2013

Thomas & Prem

Very palatable and definitely worth trying.

19th July 2013


This is a really fabulous whisky. The sublime peppery, peaty and kippery taste is a real pleasure on the taste buds. The unknown distillery from which it came may well be Laphroaig. Try the cask strength for extra bite.

15th July 2013

changing taste

A few years ago I bought 18 bottle of Ileach. Some investigation brought me at the information that it should be a 10 year old Lagavullin. (i'm sure it is not a 10 year laphroaig) but after a while this whisky becomes flatter in taste for me. It is starting to disapoint me sometimes and i'm an islay lover

28th February 2013

Easy to recognise.

Bought a bottle of this and it hit me in the face that it is clearly a Laphroaig 10 yr old. Way more medicinal than its neighbouring distilleries. Love Laphroaig especially the quarter cask or cask strength but for the cash this bottling you can't go wrong with.

17th January 2013


Lagavulin is my favourite, but it's outpriced itself from my humble factory wage. This however, since it's accidental discovery (bought on a whim in a shop in Ludlow) this comes a very very close second. At half the price it's a bargain. You will not be disapointed.

20th September 2012

NYC Ricky

Just picked up a bottle on rrecommendation while in a shop in Newcastle & opened it at home last night... REALLY DELICIOUS balance of flavours with a nice, healty dose of peat! I generally go for Ardbeg or Lagavulin,this was a pleasant surprise at only 25 pounds for 70 cl bottle... what a bargin!

18th August 2012


Very interesting Islay malt. The taste is very soft and not so smokey.
I like this stuff vey much.

8th January 2011

Angus Jura

Wonderful dram. It never disappoints and is well worth the effort involved in tracing a bottle!

6th January 2011


best scotch, very long finish

16th November 2010

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