ABV: 40 %
Origin: Scotland unspecified
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 4
Nose: This is overly sweet and metallic. The first thing to hit the nose is the grain spirit. After that, it’s butterscotch with a sharp metallic smell to it. Around the edges there’s a hint of peat and a fruity and floral layer sits just inside. It’s hard to pinpoint, but there is a thin note of clementines. In the background there is a wall of cardboard shining through. This is somewhat unpleasant on the nose.
Mouth: It starts out with a sharp bittness and a huge chunk of butterscotch. The peat is still sitting in an outer layer, but it’s not as noticable as on the nose. The fruity and floral notes are still detectable, but they are further back. With time there’s a honey/vanilla note emerging. It still very metallic and the grain spirit is dominating.
Finish: At first there’s just the taste of young grain spirit together with the butterscotch clining to the mouth. After a second or two, the oak takes over. It’s grey oak planks with a speck of dust on them. A hint of hazelnuts can be found with some imagination. It’s still very metallic and there’s also a hint of bitter lemon shining through. The peat is not present at all in the finish. This tastes like the cheap blend it is.
The High Commissioner brand is owned by the Loch Lomond group. The content of this blended whisky is not disclosed.