Blends

Green Isle (40%, TCoIWC, 2020)

Green Isle

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: The Character of Islay Whisky Company
  • Category: Blended scotch whisky
  • Cost: £29.95
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

Green Isle is a smoky blended Scotch whisky featuring a core of Islay malt, alongside Speyside malt and Lowland grain whiskies chosen to complement the aforementioned Islay spirit. An approachable blend, boasting smoky depth as well as light fruit and fragrant barley. From the makers of The Character of Islay Whisky Company, this expression takes its name from early descriptions of Islay, as well as from the title of novelist Neil Gunn’s book The Green Isle of the Great Deep, which talks of an island off the west coast of Scotland only accessible via a whirlpool. That sound familiar to you…?

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Softly toasted barley, warming oak, honey glazed apples and cut grass.
  • Palate: Vanilla pod earthiness builds on the palate, paired with coastal peat, pear drops and crushed peppercorns.
  • Finish: Lingering wafts of dry smoke and buttery biscuits.

What I say

Further releases from The Character of islay Whisky Company. Following the release of the ir 10 year old Islay single malt ‘Aerolite Lyndsay’ comes this entry level blended Scotch whisky.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark bronze (14/20), loose, medium-large tears, oily, large legs.
  • Nose: Smokey, peaty, beery, yeasty, doughy, cigarette smoke (Caol Ila?), cherries, apple, honey and malted barley.
  • Taste: Fruity and smokey, peated barley malt, honey, apples, some green banana and coconut, vanilla, pear and pear drops, soft caramel.
  • Finish: Long, coastal, salted caramel, peat and well-cooked apples.

Overall

A great blend predominated by a distinct coastal Islay character, plenty of fruity apples and also lots of vanilla and oak influence here too.

Score 84/100

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