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    McClellands Islay Reviews

    McClellands Islay 70
    Based on 55 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    McClellands
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    5 Years
    Alcohol
    40% abv.
    Region
    Scotland, Islay
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    The McClelland's Single Malt family is a range of Single Malt Scotch whiskies from four of Scotland's key whisky distilling regions - Highland, Islay, Speyside and the Lowlands. McClelland's is a budget Scotch, priced at a fraction of most single malts, and cheaper than most blends or call brands of other liquors. There is no McClelland's distillery, rather it is a 5 year old bottling of one of several other Morrison Bowmore distillery's spirit.

    McClellands Islay
    Review by The Grey

    5050/99
    Color
    Dark Gold
    Nose
    Hospital Smell
    Body
    N/A
    Palate
    Iodine
    Finish
    Finish? Ugh.

    NyQuil Green Flavor

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7650/99
    Color
    Fairly light, not much e150
    Nose
    Young smelling, a bit of alcohol some dessert notes cinnamon, dried fruit, vanilla, maple syrup, raisins, just a hint of smoke and sea salt
    Body
    Pretty thin, not much more.
    Palate
    A little bit of vanilla, slight nuttiness, some malty grainy notes, a little sea salt and other sea notes, very little smoke or peat.
    Finish
    Fairly short and very dry, with just a bit of alcohol burn... about what would be expected for its price and age.

    Overall, nothing too terribly exciting, especially for an islay, but not a bad malt for the reasonable price tag.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Maurice

    7550/99
    Color
    Amber shellac.
    Nose
    Sweet, Antiseptic, bandage adhesive.
    Body
    Medium body with a bitey oily finish.
    Palate
    Peat, phenolic resin, slight banana esters.
    Finish
    Long but not too unpleasant, toungue-coating finish. Kinf of weirdly addictive.

    Not bad. Quite drinkable after I run it through triple layered coffee filters to reduce the headache causing fusel oils.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7550/99
    Color
    gold, pale
    Nose
    peat, seaweed, slight hints of vanilla and toffee
    Body
    oily and sharp
    Palate
    Definitely taste the peat and then the seaweed. Salty with a little bit of sweetness.
    Finish
    It bites your tongue and warms the back of your throat. A little bitter. Not bad, and for the price it's great.

    This is a good example of Islay scotch. Not as good as Laphroig or Lagavulin, but will quench the taste you're looking for if you want those other Islay scotches but have pennies in your wallet. This stuff is so cheap, I almost didn't buy it because I was nervous how bad it could be. I was pleasantly surprised. The overwhelmingly bad reviewers obviously don't like this type of scotch. It's very different than the Macallans and Glenlivets of the world. Islay has a taste that is all its own. More Scottish than most can handle!!

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by LikeaDram

    9250/99
    Color
    Dark Amber
    Nose
    Smokey, peat, salt air with a hint of orange peel, leather, tobacco
    Body
    Medium bodied, a bit oily
    Palate
    Full smoke, peaty, some salt, but a hint of plums, sherry and some sweetness
    Finish
    Nice finish, dry, but lingering sweetness!
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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Scotch-like
    Nose
    Turpentine with hint of clothes hamper
    Body
    Like a mouthful of fresh-squeezed peat juice
    Palate
    Strong notes of burnt tire marinated in peat reduction
    Finish
    SuperGlue-like flavor adhesion to taste buds. Not a scotch that deserves a lingering finish. You can't wait for it to go away.

    I thought I liked Scotch until I bought and tried this awful distillation.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7950/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Medium Smoky, Peat, slightly leathery and citrus
    Body
    Not oily, but some pleasant thickness you can chew on a little.
    Palate
    Dominated by the smoke. Really benefits from a splash of water, which brings out some of the sea and earthy flavors.
    Finish
    Very smooth for a 5 year. No burn. Smoke lingers a little, in a good way in my opinion.

    Straightforward Basic Islay. I have a feeling some negative reviews expected bourbon or Johnny Walker. I understand if you expected a sweet corn whiskey or a blend (bland), this might taste like a campfire, but thats what the rest of us are here for. Its not top shelf, but the suggestion that this is undrinkable is really silly. After 4 or 5 you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and a younger Bowmore or even a younger Laphroaig. Can't really be beat for $18-25 range. Especially good for a drink that calls for a peaty scotch where the nuances of a more expensive bottle might be lost. Worth keeping on hand from now on for that reason alone.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Jim H

    7250/99
    Color
    Pale amber
    Nose
    Smoke, peat,hints of chocolate and model glue (not unpleasant)
    Body
    Nice, think feel. Nicely oily.
    Palate
    Peat, smoke, sweet, still something that makes me think of model glue. Sitll not unpleasant.
    Finish
    Lingering fade. Slight back of throat warmth. a bit of heat still on the tongue.

    I bought this to use in place of Laphroaig in Hot Toddy (Hot Scotch) and Whiskey Skin. I am very pleased with its performance in that role. Especially for the money. The lowest price Islay at my local store. Those who hate it would probably hate any Islay.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5250/99
    Color
    Gold-brown. Like the bottle, it's nice to look at.
    Nose
    Moderate peat and smoke. About on par with the Bowmore from which this is bottled.
    Body
    Thin. Lacks the creamy/oily texture of a better single malt.
    Palate
    A quick peat attack, and not much else.
    Finish
    This is the real downside to this drink. The finish is bitter, like a medication that's repeated on you. Nasty.

    This is an Islay scotch that cannot be had on its own, even as an introduction to peated scotch. It has an aftertaste that is simply not pleasant. However, it would be a great whiskey to mix with, giving a great smoky kick to an Old Fashioned or Godfather.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Todd22

    9050/99
    Color
    pale compared to my bourbon!
    Nose
    Nice peat pleasant, welcoming, some sweetness.
    Body
    Some oil. Nice though a tad bit watery. However it is adequate.
    Palate
    A pleasure. Sweat in the mouth. Then the peat hits the back of your mouth and lower toungue but the sweatness remains.
    Finish
    Very nice. The taste stays around. Not the monster finish of Laph. QC but this is so nice and inoffensive. Its an Islay that says "I want you to enjoy and I wont offend you. Excellent.

    I really like this stuff. My appreciation for it has grown. It didn't fare so well with me against Laphroaig QC but to me it is similar to Laphroaig 10 but a little watered down which is ok since Laph 10 is very iodiney. This McClellands to me just tastes right. My opinion was a little low after QC but after Laph 10 my opinion went up for some reason.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Razorfern

    8050/99
    Color
    Medium honey
    Nose
    Peat, iodine and a little hospital-y, maybe some black pepper and hint of licorice
    Body
    Full and balanced.
    Palate
    Strong peat, salty brine, iodine.
    Finish
    Slightly bitter finish, iodine flavor tends to linger.

    Not sure about all the hate for this whisky. I can only assume that many of the most negative reviews have never had any Islay in the first place. Maybe not as refined as, say, a Laphroaig but all the same qualities are in there somewhere. I particularly like Laphroaig quarter cask, but at over twice the price of this one it's a rare luxury to a budget buyer like myself. Granted, I'm still relatively new to the world of single malts but, in my opinion, for the price (about $22-23 USD) this is a tough Islay to beat. One of my standbys that I nearly always pick up.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Nose
    smell like sh$%^
    Body
    you name it !
    Palate
    Don't even go there!

    This is the worst of the worst. Not even a bum can drink this bottle of sunblock. Please stay away from this scotch !

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    8950/99
    Nose
    I dont get the iodine at all. Just smoke, peat and sweetness.
    Body
    Nice oil and thick.
    Palate
    Peat, pepper oil. A little water made this bottle very mellow and drinkable.
    Finish
    Nice warmth. Lingers nicely.

    I really like this. A little water and let it sit a few very nice. This was my introduction to Islay andI am very pleased. The negative comments I dont understand this just tastes good. Im a fan! Of course I havent tried more established brands but this is good.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    AMBER
    Nose
    BURNT RUBBER, VERY STRONG HICKORY
    Body
    OVERBEARINGLY SMOKY
    Palate
    ROUGH, POWERFULLY SMOKEY AND EXTREMELY UNENJOYABLE
    Finish
    WAS SO BAD AND SO STRONG THAT DESPITE EATING AND DRINKING OTHER THINGS, THE HORRENDOUS TASTE DID NOT GO AWAY THE WHOLE NIGHT!!!

    WORST WHISKY PURCHASE OF MY LIFE!!! VEER FAR AWAY SVE YOUR TASTEBUDS FROM AN EXPERIENCE NOT WORTH THE BARGAIN PRICE IN ANY SENSE!! THE ONLY PLEASURE I RECEIVED FROM THIS PURCHASE WAS POURING IT OUT AND SMASHING THE BOTTLE AGAINST THE CONCRETE!!! PLEASE DO NOT BUY!! YOU WILL REGRET IT AT THE FIRST TASTE!!!

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Dark amber
    Nose
    peat, chocolate, slight floral
    Body
    Thick, burn
    Palate
    Very earthy. Chocolate, smoke, salt, and iodine
    Finish
    Not long lasting, slight burn, very earthy aftertaste

    Not really worth the price

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Pale amber
    Nose
    Peat smell only.
    Body
    Thick and gritty. On a par with Jack Daniels Green Label Bourbon.
    Palate
    Terrible.
    Finish
    Terrible

    A terrible Scotch single malt scotch whisky

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by RGH

    8050/99
    Color
    Amber, a bit oily
    Nose
    Peat, iodinated kelp--sometimes a bit medicinal
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Peat, Iodine, but also some sweetness
    Finish
    Warming, not as satisfying as Laphroaig, but similarly satisfying

    This one holds its own with more expensive Islay single malts. Not as complex as Laphroaig but much more affordable. The best of the McClellands regional single malts.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Muddy Gold
    Nose
    Iodine/Rubbing Alcohol
    Body
    Oily... thin.
    Palate
    Pine cleaner. Iodine.
    Finish
    Iodine and terrible. Hot as hell.

    This is terrible. Seriosuly, buy ANY whiskey or rye at a comparable price and it will taste better than this swill. Can't even finish it, rubbing alcohol and fire.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    8450/99
    Color
    amber, probably a decent amount of e-150A in this stuff.
    Nose
    peat. licorice, slight floral notes. not highly complex, but certainly very pleasant.
    Palate
    peaty. slightly young tasting (supposedly 5 years old? it tastes better than i'd expect at that age) just like the nose, not the most complex malt but very enjoyable. drank neat in a glencarin glass.
    Finish
    fairly short, lingering peat, tannins.

    excellent whisky, especially at this price. excellent for newcommers to peated scotch. not overly hot, if only a slight hint of heat at all.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Islay Peat

    7550/99
    Color
    Nice medium amber
    Nose
    Slightly smoky, with some burn, but enjoyable.
    Body
    Gentle and smooth
    Palate
    Smoke is the first thing noticed, but immediately trumped by
    Finish
    Gentle finish, and while not altogether satisfying, still quite pleasant

    At first I was a bit disappointed, at $28, but the more I drink of it, the more I realize that it's at least a slightly less expensive alternative to my favorites from Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Still, I'd have happily spent a little more if any of the three had been available at the time. Probably will buy again, considering the price, but also the likelihood that it will find acceptance more easily to some who may not be up for my favored smoky options

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    deep gold
    Nose
    Peat smoke
    Body
    smooth but with body
    Palate
    Lingering peat aftertaste
    Finish
    Taste is lingering and pleasant. no unpleasant aftertaste, just the desire to have another sip.

    A terrific low land single malt that's affordable. Theoma reminds me of the lingering turf (peat) fires we experienced while visiting Ireland. Just taking a wiff takes be back there.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Royster

    9450/99
    Color
    Burnt Honey
    Nose
    Heavy peat, creasote & sea weedy, honey simisweet, pungent but smooth, sea air, all the best things about visiting a beach.
    Body
    Bold, lets you know it is there but does not weigh you down.
    Palate
    Sweet ballanced with an asertive sea air sea water smokey peat.
    Finish
    Fades like a sunset with both sweet & sea-salty finish with a smokiness of a drift wood fire on the beach; Just righgt!

    I have enjoyed McClleland Scotches for several years now and have noticed that their whiskies can fluctuate in taste (both character & quality). Even so I have always enjoyed them and sought to notice what is "Right" about them. For one thing I enjoy this Islay better than the mixed/blends both taste and price. I just bought another bottle and noticed that this one has a quality that puts it up with the higher dollar single Islays, better than the last batch that came through! And at $22 USD I will skip the 16 yr.old Lagavulin 'this time' (one of my all time favorites) and Bowmore (another favorite!). Folks 16, 21, 25, 30+ year old whiskey will only have what it takes with age and I cannot expect something to be like any of those without such age. For a 5yr old single malt this batch this time ranks above any 12 year old blends (or a few 12 year olds period). when these couole of cases are sold out the next batch will more than likely be either the same or not as good but that's the way it is. Life is too short to kick every barking dog and when McCllelands are A+ drink neat, if A- toss a little soda... enjoy. Though there are people who share a certain taste that gravitate to a common like everyone's taste is as unique as themselves and I am happy that we have variety in life.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7350/99
    Color
    Pale brass
    Nose
    Hint of citrus (lemon?), Sea air (crisp refreshing), earthy
    Body
    hot chocolate thick, somewhat smooth
    Palate
    roasted pheasant-ish flavor, blackened meat pear
    Finish
    strengthens in flavor over 20-30 seconds, then becomes warm, almost gives a blue or sad feeling, becomes a good memory around 90 seconds.

    mellow but charismatic, good first impression

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Mr Darcy

    7950/99
    Color
    Light Amber
    Nose
    Chocolate, Smokey, Peat, Iodine.
    Body
    Medium
    Palate
    Sweet smokey, peaty, malty.
    Finish
    Light long finish.

    Young firery Bowmore. Great intro to Islay whisky.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Erbie

    7250/99
    Color
    Light gold
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, peat, salty air, leather and a hint of orange peel.
    Body
    Agressive, yet pleasant.
    Palate
    The first notes are of smoke, lots of it. Then followed with sea salt, iodine and then, a hint of honey.
    Finish
    Finishes with lengthy peat notes but something that I can't put my finger on remains present... Somewhat medicinal.

    Worth every penny! A very good purchase for anyone trying to have a taste of Islay scotch without being broke.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Red Hot Talisker Peppers

    8650/99
    Color
    dark yellow
    Nose
    slightly medicinal, peat, smoke, salt, citrus
    Body
    light-medium
    Palate
    peat, smoke, then bitter wood tannins (which i like), lemon peel, salt, more smoke
    Finish
    citrusy peat, salt

    bowmore 5 .... my favorite is laphroaig 10 and this may not be as good, but it has a similar profile and is only $20 MUCH BETTER THAN BOWMORE 12

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7950/99
    Color
    yellowish-brown
    Nose
    peat, sea salt, lemon, sherry wood
    Body
    light mouth feel
    Palate
    starts with zesty peat, good wood bitters, salt, lemony/vinegar burn
    Finish
    not that long, some smoke, salt, vinegar acidity (which i like) overall a great budget scotch, not as big as i like em (laphroaig) but its nearly half the price laph 10 in my area

    better than bowmore 12, at half the price

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Brian Detweiler

    6050/99
    Color
    Dark amber.
    Nose
    Oak, antiseptic.
    Body
    Thick
    Palate
    Sea salt, peat
    Finish
    Very long finish, the oak and sea salt intensify as if you're licking the bottom of an old wooden ship.

    As most people have said, it's a suitable house malt. I much prefer Bowmore Legend, and then McClelland's Lowland version. Bowmore is more inviting, and the Lowland has a little more character. They run about the same price in my neighborhood ($25 - $30). Perfect for the discerning alcoholic on a budget.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Medium Honey
    Nose
    Peat (of course), Orange Bitters, Hickory
    Body
    Syrupy and sharp, nice bite.
    Palate
    Smoked salmon with capers, root vegetables, copper penny
    Finish
    Quick exit but leaves footprints behind on the tongue and uvula. Makes you want more.

    Superb quality for the price. Doesn't have quite the body of a properly aged whiskey, and I'd love to know which distillery it came out of (I'm guessing Bowmore), but I can honestly say that the only thing that makes me sad is that there was only one bottle at the store. It tastes bloody well fantastic.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Pick

    7750/99
    Color
    Light Smoky Amber
    Nose
    A medicinal odor prevails, iodine and stiff ocean breeze... a nose I feel I must describe as "numbing". It is fresh, but it reminds me of anisthetic in a somewhat pleasant way.
    Body
    Light bodied
    Palate
    A crisp campfire smoke followed by Iodine, hospitals and anesthesia (I know that sounds odd)... there is a bitterness present, but it's not extreme. The smoke is not your typical peat flavor (like an Ardbeg, Talisker, or Lagavulin) it's much more reminiscent of a campfire, but not in an unpleasant way.
    Finish
    Extremely short for an "Islay" but warming and certainly not unpleasant. Impressive for a "budget" Scotch.

    For a "Budget" Scotch, this one's fairly decent. I'd say for the price it's certainly not bad, it doesn't stack up against your other Islays, but when it costs at least $20 less per bottle it's at least making an effort at competing proportionally.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7450/99
    Color
    Brownish golden
    Nose
    Smoke Iodine Peat
    Body
    Sometimes a little sharp and youngish, sometimes not
    Palate
    Peat and iodine
    Finish
    medium

    I enjoy single malt scotch and have had my share. I generally like Islay scotch. There have been occasions when I found the McClellands Islay very satisfactory, and others less so, but I have always felt it was well worth the bargain price. I strongly suspect that the variance in my level of satisfaction is explained by the fact that the distillery (Bowmore I understand) does not put its name on this brand, and therefore perhaps uses oversupplies and non-uniformly aged or quality level of product, e.g., varying among 3, or 4, or 5 years of age (by law, it is not required to be older than 3 years).

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99

    I’m not a knowledgeable Whiskey drinker. I’m also not picky and usually buy (and enjoy) the cheapest thing on the shelf, but this is the worst thing I’ve ever had. It tastes like something crawled in there and died! Disgusting. I’m going to pour this down the sink...

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Poorman

    5050/99
    Color
    dark honey
    Nose
    slight peat, medicine
    Body
    smooth
    Palate
    Iodine, slight peat, mostly Iodine, medicinie
    Finish
    long aftertaste of Iodine
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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Dirty gold
    Nose
    Wet pine, mint toothpicks, moldy christmas tree, seaweed
    Body
    Quite thick and oily
    Palate
    Pine, wood, cracked pepper, peat
    Finish
    Medium in length, slightly sweet, not bad. The only redeeming quality of this whisky

    Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this is the worst malt I have ever tasted. I didnt even finish my dram. The nose on this one makes my stomach curdle. There is something wrong here.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Quisnic

    7250/99
    Color
    Mild amber
    Nose
    Smoke,Iodine & Peaty
    Body
    Light body, slightly oily
    Palate
    Oak, Peat and slight smoke
    Finish
    Dry, short finish,unremarkable finish.

    Worth spending the money... Great to share... does require some H2O.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7650/99
    Color
    Med. amber
    Nose
    Peat, vanilla, dried apricots
    Body
    A bit thin, with a burn, but some nice grain finish.
    Palate
    No iodine (I gather other reviewers have never worked with real iodine-as a researcher I do. Not very peaty - more salt sea spray.
    Finish
    Strong then tapers off quickly. Short finish, though not unpleasant.

    I'll counter the snobs here. This is what it is: a very drinkable, affordable whiskey (and yes, I've had some of the best). No, it's not an Ardbeg or Lagavulin (not even Highland Park), but it's also $22 a bottle. Fine for what it is; very nice neat or a mixer. Stop complaining, boys!

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    Light golden amber
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, antiseptic hints
    Body
    Thin, but legs would suggest otherwise
    Palate
    Burnt leather, iodine, hospital bed, peat, dirt, salty notes...not a pleasant taste to me.
    Finish
    Overpowering alcohol burn and smoke...unpleasant

    As a new scotch drinker I did not enjoy this bottle.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5550/99
    Color
    does it matter? i dont really get why this is in all the whisky books. to avoid counterfit?
    Nose
    Definitely tries for the Islay trio. Peat, smoke and medicinal. Sickly sweet undertone, which is made worse with the addition of a little water. Overwhelming alcohol makes it difficult to find subtler notes, if present.
    Body
    Burning. Someone mentioned inconsistency between bottles. Perhaps this one is oddly strong.
    Palate
    Peat, bitter, odd sweetness that doesn't seem to mesh. Better flavor without water and mouth closed. Without water and mouth open causes vapor induced coughing fit. Water makes the sting more bearable, but opens up the flaws.
    Finish
    Acid reflux.

    Yeesh. I know people are saying this is an everyday scotch, but at $30 a bottle I would rather go the extra 10 and get a Laphroaig or a blend. This is a young, harsh and not particularly enjoyable whisky. I can think of one I like less, and it was also an immature bottling strictly for profit.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    8150/99
    Color
    Nice golden honey brown with good legs.
    Nose
    Smoke, Peat, leather, spices and slight alchohol. Fairly complex.
    Body
    Medium body but yet soft at the same time.
    Palate
    Slightly sweet spices at the beginning of the tounge fallowed by a strong but not unpleasant leather/ peat and very slight alchohol burn at the back of the throat. Fairly interesting because the flavor is different than expected by the nose.
    Finish
    Not the longest finish ever by anymeans but good. Slight alchohol burn. The leather is replaced by a mildly sweet fruit/ spice finish.

    I'm new to all Scotch other than the basic Speysides so I don't know my Islays too well though I've sampled plenty of different American and Canadian Whiskeys/ Bourbons as well as other distilled drinks. I've never tasted anything like this. Probably a good entry into the world of Islays. It's priced low. If most the other Islays fallow the lines of this I'd be pretty damn happy! Score is based on the value of the Scotch. I'd drink this over Glenfiddich or something generic like that.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7850/99
    Color
    light honey color
    Nose
    Moderate peat and light smoke with some indistinct fruit in the background.
    Body
    Moderately rich and smooth with good legs up and down the glass.
    Palate
    A half-bale of peat to be spread in the garden.
    Finish
    A good, but light finish, warming alcohol feel, but tailing off.

    About the best budget whiskey I've had as yet. Very drinkable; a real single malt experience; a peaty taste of Islay. Bought at a state liquor store with a rebate for $16, it can't compete with Ardbeg on merits, but at 1/3 the cost, it sure does on price.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    6050/99
    Color
    Honey
    Nose
    Smoke, Iodine, Burnt Rubber
    Body
    Nicely smooth, slightly oily
    Palate
    Iodine, and Burnt Rubber
    Finish
    Very dry, short finish

    Very strong Iodine. Not much burn but overwhelming smoky, burnt oak and tar flavor. Regardless of price, I could not imagine drinking an entire dram.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Victor

    7950/99
    Color
    pale amber
    Nose
    moderate peat, earth
    Body
    moderate body, a little viscous
    Palate
    moderate peat, noticeable barley malt, a little salt
    Finish
    moderate length of finish, peatsmoke remains til the end

    Forget the "budget malt" and "beginner's malt" talk. This whisky is worth buying and drinking on its own merits. It makes a great "everyday dram", and represents phenomenal value relative to its cost.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7550/99
    Color
    Light gold
    Nose
    Lightly smokey, slightly floral, earthy
    Body
    Light, with a wee harsh bite
    Palate
    Harsh oak flavours with a background of oak, sweet floral bouquet.
    Finish
    Calm and fading, still gritty but with a soft aftertaste

    A surprisingly good single malt for the price. It shows its young age with its harsh oak-flavored bite, but carries sweet secondary flavors of peat, salty sea spray, and floral. Distinctly Islay, which makes it unique among Scotches. An excellent value, and quite enjoyable.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Wilderthanyou2367

    7650/99
    Color
    Light Honey
    Nose
    light smoke, peat, honey, floral.
    Body
    Slick
    Palate
    Oak, and grappa .Caramel, and Manuka Honey finish.
    Finish
    Long sweet finish, warm, lightly astringent.

    A pretty good, everyday, single malt if you consider the price.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Williamson

    7950/99
    Color
    Dark gold
    Nose
    Iodine is the first note that strikes you. Then some oak, chocolate, mildly peated and gentle. Almost like a young Bowmore for that matter.
    Body
    Big and oily. Good temperament.
    Palate
    Sea air, but not so stormy. A bit tangy, which distracts. Citrus, almost sweet chocolate-like (Or will I go for vanilla?). Peaty oak and honey.
    Finish
    Sweeter notes tend to stick around, after a short moment of uprising peat. Still a bit tangy, and that's a shame since the taste is so much better than I read here.

    The Bowmore-like nose got me wondering, and I have gotten confirmed that this is indeed a young Bowmore, 5 years old. The Bowmore Legend is 8 years old, which illustrates that magic an additional 3 years can do. Still a good everyday dram, and despite the immaturity this is very illustrative for these characteristics we all like so much.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Flinchy

    6750/99
    Color
    medium amber
    Nose
    pleasant nose; a bit floral for an Islay; hints of vanilla and (distantly) peat
    Body
    unassertive but not unpleasant in the mouth; mild burn
    Palate
    as others have said, there's really no predominant flavor; hints of fruit, vanilla, with mild notes of smoke and peat - but less of the latter than usual in an Islay whisky
    Finish
    pleasant but unremarkable finish; warms for just a moment, then a somewhat abrupt ending. Nothing memorable but nothing offensive either.

    It seems a stretch to call this a true Islay, but with such a low price it seems pointless to be overly critical. Like Bowmore's Legend label, it offers a bit of that smoky Islay flavor at a budget price, but it doesn't quite match even that for flavor. Will do in a pinch if you want to taste some peat but funds are low and the store is out of Bowmore Legend.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    6750/99
    Color
    pale amber
    Nose
    Peat, cinnamon, something vaguely floral
    Body
    Light
    Palate
    Restrained peat and salt. Relatively mild but a bit rough, very light peat, slightly sweetish, no primary taste note.
    Finish
    light but lingering finish with a wee bit of iodine

    Errors of omission rather than commission; nothing special here but nothing nasty either. An unremarkable, passable, islay-ish whisky. If it weren't inexpensive it would be useless, but it does hit a nice price/value mark.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by DeeWzzl

    8450/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, peat
    Body
    Peaty. Not overwhelming, and very good.
    Palate
    Stuck my mouth into the peat bog.
    Finish
    Aggressive at first, then very nice and pleasing.

    I don't care if others refer to it as "beginner" or "budget". I've had plenty o' Scottish dews, and this is a teriffic buy for the experience.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7350/99
    Color
    pale gold
    Nose
    intense peaty almost compost, iodine/antiseptic. sea-salt. Nose on this scotch is powerful.
    Body
    light-bodied for a single-malt. young age shows here.
    Palate
    peaty-compost, iodine/antiseptic, dry. Negligible fruit and smoke.
    Finish
    sea-salt, iodine, peaty finish. very very dry.

    peaty, iodine/antiseptic, sea-salt dominates. very little sweetness, scant smokiness. Nose remiscent of Teachers. Worth a try for the adventurers. Ice mellows and enhances sweet and fruit a touch.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Knowcomputers

    7050/99
    Color
    Medium brown
    Nose
    More peat and earthy.
    Body
    Good texture, but a bit of burn.
    Palate
    More of a wood or forest by the sea feel.
    Finish
    Shorter finish compared to the Lowlands.

    Inconsistent between bottles. Very different experience from first to second.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Ofrmgfo

    6550/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, peat, and tar
    Body
    Bold, really bold.
    Palate
    A clipper ship on fire
    Finish
    Strong to the end, alcohol more than obvious

    What a surprize. I'm used to the Glenmorangie "type" singles, and this one was not that. It opened with smoke, peat, smoke, tar, and perhaps a touch of burnt Bakelite. After all that the flavor of scotch does come through. If I were making a blend I would in fact use a bit of this to add a smoky flavor. With a handful of ice cubes and a dollop of milk this became quite drinkable.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    7550/99
    Color
    golden
    Nose
    a bit harsh, some peat, a little hay
    Body
    a bit rough
    Palate
    defined peat
    Finish
    hot on the throat

    This is a single malt that is for the budget drinker. I can appreciate a nice Lagavulin every now and then (and even keep some at hand), some Laphroigh a little more often, and a good Talisker as well. However, those can all break the bank in a hurry. This is a good "house malt" if you will... and it also benefit greatly from just a bit of water.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5750/99
    Color
    Pale Amber
    Nose
    Overripe apple, musty peat.
    Body
    Thin, hot, almost peppery. Pungent.
    Palate
    Pepper, slight medicine taste.
    Finish
    Hot, fades quickly to peat, few overtones.

    Not very pleasant. The nose and palate mix poorly, too much contrast. A cheap whisky that tastes like one.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    6850/99
    Color
    light amber
    Nose
    peat
    Body
    light and smoky
    Palate
    not overwhelming peat, but good
    Finish
    a nice,mild finish

    I think this is a fine, every day single malt whiskey. I simply can't afford to drink Laphroaig or Lagavulin all the time, at $70+ a bottle. However, I can enjoy McClellands at $24 a bottle locally. You make some concessions, but you still have a nice, Bowmore-style Islay single-malt to drink.

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    McClellands Islay
    Review by Anonymous

    5550/99
    Color
    light gold
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, bit of vanilla
    Body
    thick, heavy,
    Palate
    iodine
    Finish
    Very aggressive at first, then hot, but fading quickly

    Very immature whiskey. Though cheap, it's not worth the money.

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