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Discover a range of Islay whiskies with a new at-home tasting pack

The Character of Islay Whisky Company have launched their first ever tasting kit - and it's perfect for cosy drams at home.

Published: June 25, 2020
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Discover a range of Islay whiskies from the comfort of your own home with the new tasting set from The Character of Islay Whisky Company.

Including a blended whisky with Islay malt at its core, as well as a range of aged Islay single malts, the tasting set allows whisky fans to explore the diversity of what Islay has to offer, from the comfort of home.

Each set comes with a QR code to access an online tasting session of the drams with head of whisky, Sam Simmons, making this perfect for both the Islay whisky lover and anyone looking to discover the secrets of Islay whiskies for the first time.

The sets will also be featured on a Whisky Wire Tweet Tasting on Wednesday 8th July.

What's in the kit?

1x Green Isle 3cl (from the makers of the Character of Islay Whisky Company)

2x Aerolite Lyndsay 10YO Single Malt 3cl

1x Grace Île 25YO Single Malt 3cl

1x The Legend of Fiona Macleod 33YO Single Malt 3cl

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Where to buy

The Character of Islay Whisky Company tasting kit has an RRP of £29.99 and is available online for home delivery from Master of Malt.

Tasting notes

Green Isle

On the nose:  An absolute all-rounder. Earthy, outdoorsy, sweet, fruity and floral.

Palate: Rounded, balanced and sweet with an integrated smokiness that exposes subtle maritime notes, vanilla and a touch of spice.

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Finish: Sweet, gently smoky, malty and moreish.

Aerolite Lyndsay

On the nose: Meaty, with fragrant maple sweetness and salted caramel, big chipotle spices and a hint of leather.

Palate: Sweet and smoky with refreshing menthol character, intense dark chocolate, sweet BBQ smoke.

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Finish: Liquorice and anise, lingering charcoal and ash, lifted by citrus and caramel sweetness.

Grace Île

On the nose: Sea spray, malty maturity, hints of rubber with smouldering ash. Slight shellfish sweetness among wild heather and oily oak. Baked apple pie, crisp bacon and jasmine tea.

Palate: Over a note of firewood there’s chewy vanilla toffees, apricot jam, wood spices and a little dried barley. Hints of sour citrus and maritime salinity, while smoked almonds and grass clippings linger.

Finish: Swirling complexity, the finish leaves a juicy impression, an almost agricole-esque note which rises through the sweet smoke.

The Legend of Fiona Macleod

On the nose:  Ripe tropical fruits with hints of barbecued banana, giving way to smoky vanilla and a pervasive peatiness.

Palate: Opens with salty iodine, damp wood smoke and develops into sweet mango and candied ginger. Develops with a briney character, citrus and dried fruits.

Finish: Sweet, barley sugar, dried pineapple and bonfires extinguished by ale.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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