Etikettarkiv: blended whisky

Loch Lomond Signature Blended Scotch Whisky

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a very round vanilla, butterscotch and toffee note with an apple fruitiness within. The grain spirit contributes to the sweetness but it’s not protruding. There’s a mild spicyness hovering above everything else. With time the fruitiness turns to baked apples and it sort of smells like an apple pastry. This is not complex but it’s still a great nose considering it coming from a blended whisky.

Mouth: It starts out with a honey and vanilla sweetness with a black pepper shell around it. It takes a while before other flavours catch up. First one through is the apple fruitiness. It’s back to a fresher profile and there’s a lemon note coming through from the back. The mix between malt and grain spirit feels very balanced. A hint of oak is peeking through as well but it’s not revealing anything special at this point.

Finish: It’s back to the baked apples and the toffee notes. The finish starts out as a pastry but soon turns a bit bitter towards the edges. The grain spirit is for the first time a bit unpleasant on the palate but fortunatley it soon subsides and leaves room for the oakiness which actually is rather nice. It feels like a mix of old and new with a hint of walnuts. It becomes somewhat astringent towards the late finish. This is a good whisky. It’s not complex but it offers a nice array of sweet flavours.

Additional information
This is a blend made from putting both malt and grain spirit through a solera system of 100 casks. The types used are ex-Oloroso casks and recharred american ex-bourbon barrels.

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.

Tenjaku

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and unpleasant. At first there’s a very sharp ethanol layer on top. Underneath there’s another layer with generic sweetness, vanillin and a metallic note. It’s very thin and grain spirit heavy. There’s a soapy note somewhere around the edges which can be described as floral or, with some imagination, green apples. This is a really unpleasant nose overall.

Mouth: It starts out with a metallic sweetness and the grain spirit up front. It takes a few seconds before other flavours appear. A thin maltiness and apples appear which makes it a bit better. The oak starts to shine through and a clingy butterscotch note soon takes over everything. There’s a bitterness coming through from the back which isn’t helping it along. It becomes much sweeter with time in the glass.

Finish: The finish starts out with basically every flavour just disappearing and it almost immidiately moves towards the oakiness. It starts out as a quite generic oakiness but then a very nice tropical fruitiness with a hint of cocnut appear, and the late finish ends up being the best part of the journey. This is not a very good whisky when considered as a neat pour.

Additional information
This japanese blend is supposed to be made from japanese made distillates only. The grain part is corn heavy. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 3-5 years.

Stewart’s Finest Blended Whisky

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and thin. At first there’s a generic sweetness and a harsh grain spirit note. The oak is surprisingly detectable from the start. It’s a generic oakiness without any specific markers though. There is a thin layer of fruitiness with mainly orange peel coming through. After some time in the glass there’s butterscotch and vanilla arriving in the center. Everything seems to be decently balanced and it’s doing a good job of keeping the bad elements in check. This is not a great nose, but it’s not too offensive.

Mouth: It starts out very bitter in the back and with butterscotch and a generic sweetness up front. The harsh notes reside somewhere in the middle. There’s a metallic note in the back and a sprinkle of black pepper on top. The bitterness keeps on pushing forward to the point where it becomes unpleasant. The oakiness is still detectable within the bitterness but it is not doing anything to help out.

Finish: There’s not much of a change in the transition to the finish. It’s sweet up front and very bitter and metallic in the back. The fruitiness shines through for a moment but disappears just as quick. It doesn’t take long for everything to die down except the oak and the metallic note. This is not a good whisky and it feels and tastes cheap. The nose is the best part and it should not be consumed neat.

Additional information
The Stewart’s brand is owned by Whyte & MacKay and is blended by Richard Patterson. The ingredients aren’t disclosed.

Peter Dawson Special

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

Tasting notes
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.

Additional information
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.

Black Velvet

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and unpleasant. There’s a big bucket of harsh young spirit together with artificial bittersweet notes of vanillin and aspartam all sitting in the middle. The butterscotch notes are pungeant and the whole thing is very unpleasant on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a dense unpleasant vanillin and artificial sweetness. The whole thing feels like it’s clinging to every surface of the mouth. In the background there’s a bitterness coming from a not so interesting oakiness. The harsh grain spirit is still very much present at this point.

Finish: There’s an immidiate surge of the clingy sweet butterscothy flavours and the bitter oakiness. It stays in the mouth for a long finish, which in this case isn’t a good thing. This is a very bad whisky which should not be consumed neat.

Additional information
This canadian blend was first released with the name ”Black Label” but that was changed to Black Velvet in the late 40’s. It’s a blend of corn, rye and barley, mixed before going into small toasted casks.

Cluny Blended Scotch Whisky

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

Tasting notes
Nose: This is harsh and slightly unpleasant. It starts out with a very heavy and rough dose of the grain spirit. When it settles it turns over to malt and a feint butterscotch character. It’s also got a metallic smell to it. It’s basically one-dimensional and doesn’t produce any other detectable aromas. This is a bad nose.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and mild with the slightly bitter and artificial butterscotch note up front. It still leans heavily towards the unpleasant grain spirit. There is a slight hint of dried out grey oak planks in the background.

Finish: An immidiate drop in flavour makes everything just disappear. All that’s left is the dry and bitter oakiness and a taste of the ethanol. This is not a good whisky and it shouldn’t be consumed neat. The entire thing is a bit muted and the whole is not very protruding, which makes it a good choice for mixing; If hiding the whisky flavours is the goal.

Additional information
The Cluny brand is owned by Whyte & McKay. It’s supposed to contain up to 30 different malt and grain whiskies from Scotland.

Jameson Original

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
No tasting notes were recorded during the tasting. This is a cheap irish whisky and it’s sweet and metallic.

Additional information
Jameson Original is a blend of single pot still and grain whiskeys. It’s triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 4 years in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.