Review: Hedonism Blended Grain Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

100% Grain Whisky (i.e. non-barley; see below)
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This is a blended grain whisky – matured in 100% first fill bourbon casks from grain distilleries – Cameron Bridge, Cambus, Port Dundas, or Dumbarton. Each batch varries in vatting depending on availability and flavour. A typical vatting: 66% grain from Cameron Bridge aged in a first fill American oak barrel, 32% grain whisky from Port Dundas aged in a first fill American oak barrel, and 2% grain whisky from Port Dundas aged in a rejuvenated oak barrel. Blended grain whiskies are very rare - there are only a handful around - so it is a worthwhile experience particularly if you are not familiar with blended grain whiskies.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: MMX IV-A

  • Bottling Code: 06/02/2014 L3 17:CB

  • Bottling Date: 2014

A bit dark, but definitely a grain corn, toasted coconut, vanilla, caramel, fresh oak (though, of course, not in the magnitude of a bourbon), with supporting elegance and age as well. Quite complex and deep, and very lightly oily as well. Definitely tastes like first fill bourbon casks…which, indeed, it is. Wonderfully thick in the mouth, following the path of the nose with perhaps a touch less depth being realized, staying true to vanilla and coconut and light corn influences. At the end, a touch of maple too. A bit dusty too!

For Canadian readers - this is similar, in a broad sense, to many aged Canadian corn whiskies produced by Highwood, but lacks some of the floral element that often is present in those whiskies.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. A nice whisky, but it comes at a price.