Reviewed on Mon 01 Feb, 2016
This is the "session beer" of whisky if such a thing exists. Sweet, subtle, and very more-ish.
This is probably the world's most popular single malt (at least amongst those carrying a proper age statement). It's easily available, affordable, and came as part of a 10cl tasting set I bought , along with limited editions including Quinta Ruban, Lasanta and Nectar D'Or. I'll be reviewing each of these over the course of the week!
On the nose: Solid hints of apricots, lemon pledge and significant amounts of honey.
The taste: Very soft texture to this - vanilla cake, almonds and orange juice. Still quite sweet but not too much. It's a really easy drinker, and easy to see why it's so popular.
The finish: Moderate to long finish, dries out in the mouth like with notes of mead, honeyed wine and crisp white.
Personally... You really can't go wrong with a bottle of this. For £35 or less this is a no-brainer, as good neat as it is with a splash of water. This is the "session beer" of whisky if such a thing exists. Sweet, subtle and very more-ish.
Personal Rating: 87/100
Value for Money: 88/100
Overall Rating: 87.4/100