Another curveball from our blind tasting competition. This is a Lowlands distillery. This is one of a small handful of distilleries in the region, of which I have only ever tried the far more common Auchentoshan. Lowland whisky is pretty much passed over by many people, ideal blind tasting competition material.
I found this one to have a very engineered ‘generic’ whisky taste to it. This made it all the more difficult to guess what it was. I went for the Dalwhinnie 15 in the end.
Aged 12 years. 43%ABV.
Nose: Malt. Wet leaves. Fresh cut granite. Some malty notes. Dried apricots. Honey. Orange peel. Sour pears. Ginger.
Palate: Candy apple. Bitter wood. Stone. Leather. Citrus zest.
Finish: Lingering salt and candy apple. Bit of wet stone.
Rating: Don’t try this.
Global VFM: 3/5
Local VFM: 2/5
Very generic. It’s not bad whisky, but really has nothing going for it, you might as well either save your money and buy a decent blend, or buy a more interesting malt. I wouldn’t blame someone for wanting to mix this.