ABV: 40 %
Origin: Scotland unspecified
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Nose: This is sweet and metallic. The first thing to come through is a grain sweetness and a hint of peat. Behind that is a rather unpleasant metallic note. There’s a butterscotch layer, but it’s much more toned down campared to other cheap blends. A hint of red apples and some honey can be found in the back. It’s not offensive on the nose, but it does tell the tale of a cheap whisky.
Mouth: The metallic youthness and the grain sweetness are first to arrive. They are accompanied with a spicy note. Soon after butterscotch comes through. The peat is building up and creats an outside layer giving it a nice frame. This is a rollercoaster ride between good and bad. The fruitiness is completely gone and there is a struggle between the grain and the malt for attention.
Finish: The spicyness mellows out and becomes a menthol note. Then it once again turns to grain sweetness and butterscotch. The oakiness arrives after a few seconds and it’s a fresh, slightly dry oak. It’s not unpleasant, but doesn’t produce any complexity. This is actually a bit better than its reputation, but it’s by no means a very good tasting whisky.
The Red Label is the best selling scotch in the world. The content isn’t disclosed but it’s said to contain 35 different kind of whiskies. It was created in 1906 as the ”Special Old Highland Whisky”.