Islay Mist 8 Year Old Amontillado Napoleon Finish

Islay Mist 8 Year Old Amontillado Napoleon Finish (43%, Macduff International, 7000 bottles, 2017)

  • ABV: 43%
  • Age: 8 Years Old
  • Bottling: Macduff International, Islay Mist
  • Category: Blended scotch whisky
  • Cost: £29.95
  • Origin: n/a
  • Vintage: undeclared


What they say

A limited edition of one of our favourite blended whiskies. Like all Islay Mist releases, this blended whisky uses Laphroaig as its main component along with other whiskies from Scotland. All whiskies are a minimum of eight years old and have been blended and finished in Amontillado Napoleon sherry solera butts for six months which has imparted a subtle saltiness to the rich peated character. The Amontillado butts were previously used by Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana in Spain which is the highest bodega in Jerez.

MacDuff International announces another special launch to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year

Islay Mist Aged 8 Years Amontillado Napoleon Cask Finish is a rare edition of only 7,000 bottles, described by Whisky Writer Dave Broom on as: “Long. Earthy smoke, more dried fruit, hints of ground coffee, dark fruits and spiciness,” as well as, “Highly drinkable”.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose : Elegant peat smoke and seabreaze saltiness wrapped delicately in rich Amontillado fruitiness.
  • Palate : Mature richness balanced with peaty vibrancy surrounded by graceful layes of early autumn orchard fruits.
  • Finish : Nectarous fruits mingling with peat smoke by the sea in long lingering finish.

What I say

Dram #5 no #4 from Edinburgh University Water of Life Society tasting 102 ‘Types of whisky’. A last minute change to the running order and I was a little concerned about the appearance of peat here – not expecting an even peatier dram next. Distinctly a blend, quite a bit going on so with the peat I guessed JW double black- having not tried that I though it fit the flavour description.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Old Madeira (14/20), thick tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Peat smoke, coastal salinity, bbq meat and malty barley, quiet sweet with honey and syrup and some drier coals later.
  • Taste: Thick and oily on the palate, medium-bodied, malty, treacle, smoked and bbq’d bacon, sweet and peaty but fairly neutral on the palate, some apple and peach skin.
  • Finish: Long, treacle and peat smoke.


While there are some full flavoured malts in here – and I suspect a very good helping of Caol Ila in particular there was also something drawing the palate back to neutrality that could be nothing other than grain spirit. I completely missed that the sweetness here was due to the Amontillado sherry cask finish and just assumed it was a well-constructed blend.

Score 82/100

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