The Six Isles Profile

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

The Six Isles is a blend of single malts from the six Scottish islands that currently distil whisky: Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran. Islay whisky provides the peaty kick, while Orkney provides the heather and honey notes. Uncoloured and non-chill-filtered, The Six Isles is bottled at 43% abv.

A handful of wine finishes have been released over the years, including a NAS Pomerol French oak finish in 2010, and a 10-year-old finished in Petrus Gaia casks in 2014. 

  • Production type
    Blended malt

The Six Isles History

Developed and first branded in the late 1990s by Ian Macleod Distillers, owner of Glengoyne and Tamdhu distilleries, this is a highly rated value-for-money blended malt bottled under the company’s William Maxwell (Scotch Whisky) Ltd subsidiary.


  • 1933 Ian Macleod & Co Ltd is established
  • 1963 Whisky broker Peter J Russell & Co. Ltd acquires Ian Macleod & Co Ltd
  • 1968 Peter J Russell & Co. Ltd acquires William Maxwell (Scotch Whisky Ltd) from Liverpool-based Rigby & Evans Ltd
  • 2003 The company changes its name to Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd following the acquisition of Glengoyne distillery and the Langs blend from Edrington
  • 2010 The Six Isles Pomerol French oak finish is released
  • 2014 The Six Isles is releases as a 10-year-old finished in Petrus Gaia casks



Ian Macleod Distillers Limited
Russell House
Dunnet Way
EH52 5BU
United Kingdom
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See also

  • Glengoyne Glengoyne Glengoyne Distillery & brand


    Dumgoyne distillery and visitors centre.

  • Tamdhu Tamdhu Tamdhu Distillery & brand


    Speyside filler and single malt brand.

  • Smokehead Smokehead Smokehead Brand


    A single Islay malt that pushes all the right buttons for aspiring peat freaks.

  • Glen Tress Glen Tress Glen Tress Brand

    Glen Tress

    A ‘pure malt’ established by Ian Macleod & Co during the 1980s.

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