The Grey Parrot Blend


Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

One of the really interesting aspects of being involved in whisky communities is that you sometimes come across folks who are far more serious anoraks than you are. While going through the posts on /r/Scotch I came across this very interesting post by /u/unclebaldric.

Basically while doing some research he stumbled aross the recipe for Pattisons’ primary blend. Pattisons was a very controversial blender in the late 19th century who, through some very dubious practices, managed to crash the whisky marketing, leading to the closure of several distilleries.

This whisky is a blend made through Master of Malt’s Blend Your Own Whisky based on that original Pattison’s recipe (as close as one can get with what’s available these days at least). I was really interested by the post and am very thankful that /u/unclebaldric agreed to a sample swap so I could try some.

I won’t be attaching my usual rating criteria to this one as it’s purely for the sake of interest and experimentation.

Aged 3 years*. 40% ABV. 

*for lack of age statement.

Nose: Quite dusty. Musty old books. Orange cake. Peach sherbet. Slight hint of soggy cardboard. Rich syrupy malt.

Palate: A little flat and watery at first but then there’s a sharp spike of bitter wood. Woodspice. Slight plasticy grain notes. Toasted fruits. More rich syrupy malt.

Finish: Medium-long. Slightly hotter than would comfortable. Bitter wood. Glace cherries. Some dirt. A rough note kind of sticks in the throat, a little like pepper spray

Interesting stuff, it had quite a musty charcter. Was very rough though, but I imagine a common blend back in those days surely was as well. Pity we’ll never get to try the original and make a real comparison


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