The Dundee 10 YO – Vintage Reserve

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Scotland unspecified
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 1/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very sweet and slightly fruity. At first there’s a thick and heavy vanilla and butterscotch sweetness which covers everything else. When it settles a green apple fruitiness comes through together with the grain spirit. It’s very mild and round without any pointy bits. With time the butterscotch and vanilla shifts towards more of a toffee note and a hint of the oak shines through, otherwise it basically stays the same throughout the nosing. This is a decent nose but it’s not especially interesting.

Mouth: It starts out with a sweet layer of vanilla and toffee and a metallic and ethanol heavy background. The oakiness pushes through and it’s a bitter and not so pleasant oak. The toffee switches to a metallic butterscotch coming from the grain spirit. There’s also a hint of cinnamon floating around. The fruitiness is less noticable and it feels like there’s a very small variety of red fruits somewhere within. It’s still very mild and round but it doesn’t feel flat.

Finish: The impact is rather weak and uneventful. The metallic butterscotch note returns with the oakiness and a mild minty note. Everything else never really pops up and everything just crumbles and leaves the oakiness behind. It’s not a nice oakiness at all. It feels bitter and intrusive. This is not a good whisky, but it’s a bit better than the average cheap blend. It should be used in cocktails and not consumed neat.

Additional information
This is made by Angus Dundee Distillers. The content is not disclosed, but the company owns two single malt distilleries, which probably contributes to the taste. Those are Tomintoul and Glencadam. The grain whisky part comes from the Lowlands.

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