ABV: 40 %
Origin: Scotland unspecified
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is sweet and metallic. At first there’s a big cloud of harsh grain spirit with a sharp metallic note in the center. An artificial butterscotch sweetness is starting out in the back, but moves forward with time in the glass. When the harshness settles a liquorice note starts to make itself known somewhere in the middle. There are also notes of heather and cardboard floating around. With some imagination one could find a hint of ripe red apples too. This is not an especially nice nose with a heavy lean towards the cheap grain whisky part.
Mouth: It starts out surprisingly spicy and sweet, but beneath lies a thin watery core. A heather and honey note sits on top together with the same artificial butterscotch found on the nose. There’s a hefty bitterness in the background and it’s not a nice one. There’s a thin anise note in there too. It’s not as sharp and metallic as on the nose, but it’s just as bad. With time the butterscotch becomes more pronounced and takes over.
Finish: The finish starts out with a second or two without any flavours coming through. When it picks up speed it’s the bitterness intertwined with an oakiness that completely takes over. A thin hint of the butterscotch do stay as a top layer, but the not so pleasant bitterness is very pronounced throughout the finish. The oak is somewhat dry and it’s like grey old oak planks. When everything fades, the metallic note returns and stays in the mouth for a long time. This is a cheap blend and it matches the pretences. This should not be served as a neat drink.
This blend was first created in 1890 by Peter Dawson. It’s been connected in the past to Auchnagie, Convalmore, Towiemore and Balmenach. Today it’s owned by Diageo and the current content of this blend isn’t disclosed.