Isle of Skye 12 Year
Ian Macleod // Skye, Scotland
Isle of Skye is a whisky produced at Ian Macleod, named after the chieftain of the Macleod clan. The idea was to create a blend based on his family's 19th century recipe, which includes a high proportion of island and Speyside malts aged an average of 12 years or higher. After the whiskies are blended, they're aged together in oak to get to know one another, which is an unusual step as most blended whisky goes straight from blend to bottle.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
"Upon first tasting there is an immediate aroma and flavor of creamy vanilla and milk chocolate, moving on to more of a deep espresso and ending in a waft of sweet tobacco. Baked pear, dates, cedar wood and clove add spice to the finish. Definitely more complex and lasting in flavor than the typical blends one finds everywhere."