Four "entry level" blended Scotch whiskies
| 18 Aug 2011 |
During my summer holidays I usually take a break from single malts and buy a few bottles of cheap(er)
blended Scotch. This time I bought two "classic" blends (Bell's and Long John) and also a new blend
(Latitude 55°) blended by the Swedish master blender Folke Andersson (more famous for his work on
Grönstedts Cognac). The fourth whisky in this flight
is the first "bag in box" whisky that I've reviewed - "Cromwell's Royal" (blended by a French company, I gather).
Fairly weak yet nice nose with citrus, vanilla and notes of peat and oak. Light, sweet palate with lemon and orange,
also green fruits. Very light at first, then develops vanilla, oak and spice, also a note of
liqourice. All in all it's quite light but surprisingly balanced considering it's a cheap "bag in box" whisky.
But what a name, huh? =)
The nose is a little spirity and oily with a cereal note, also a hint of peat and nice notes of citrus fruits, caramel and oak.
The palate is youngish and a bit unbalanced. Sweet, develops toffee and a nice note of sherry wood.
Oaky, spicy, quite nice finish with notes of sage and peppermint.
Aged partly in ex-sherry casks and also contains a portion of Islay malt -
the sherry wood adds a nice sweetness but the Islay malt is hardly noticeable. All in all it's a disappointing, however.
Young yet quite nice nose with notes of grain whisky, toffee, custard, citrus and oak. Light, sweet palate
with crème brûlée, also herbal with notes of aniseed, fennel and a hint of tequila.
Nice finish with a note of mint.
Rough, spirity nose, malty and peaty with notes of oak and fennel, also a little dusty and musty (old, dusty attic).
Much nicer palate: fairly rich, sweet and chewy with notes of oak shavings, citrus and mint and also a nice peaty note.
The finish is warming but perhaps a little too hot.
Conclusion: This was an interesting exercise but the next time I want a standard Scotch I'd rather go for
a bottle of Cutty Sark (81 points) or (for just a couple of bucks more)
Ballantine's Finest (82 points).
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