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The Ileach is a peaty single malt from a secret Islay distillery, this has received rave reviews from whisky critics and has a solid core of peat and 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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My first and last peaty whiskjyBeing 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
Superb Malt, truly wonderful flavours
13th May 2016
Smoke and sweetness, nothing moore
29th April 2016
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
Very Nice for the price tag. Much alike bowmore legend but with a little more kick..
27th February 2016
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
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
Tastes like you've swallowed a bonfire, just the best of Islay.
13th February 2016
10th February 2016
Lasting smokiness', fantastic!
29th January 2016
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.Great!
9th January 2016
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
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
.. 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
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
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
"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
I believe this drop is from Kilchoman distillery
5th May 2015
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
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
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
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
This whiskey tastes better than any other and gave me the ability to fly - once.
31st July 2014
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
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
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
What you are drinking is a young Caol Ila.
25th March 2014
Real good whisky to a real good price! Buy!!
12th March 2014
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
Lagavulin makes this whiskey . It is an 8 years one. tjats why they dont put there on name on it.
25th September 2013
23rd August 2013
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
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
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
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
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