Review: Borders Single Grain Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Finished in Oloroso Sherry
50% Wheat, 50% Barley
Distiller N/A (Scottish Highlands)

This is produced by R & B Distillers (Raasay & Borders), from one distillery, bottled ncf and no caramel added at 51.7% by R & B distillers. They also produce Raasay and the Tweedale Blend.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: 001

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2016

Light bodied. The nose is full of sherry, and it is nice – not too dominant. Balsamic vinegar, raisin, dried apricot, almond, coconut, and dried currants. The palate is again nutty, with some interesting berry notes – black currants! I don’t see them often – and rancio, light orange and cinnamon on the finish too. Marmelade, too – seville orange. The grains are nice, and there is a nice creamy porridge type character to it. A good length of finish, with rancio and dried fruits. Quite a nice single grain – not boring and one that I would recommend to those interested in exploring the category. Granted, I haven’t had many single grains. The wheat has nice character – it sweeps broadly across the palate and gives a nice softness to the whisky. Really quite nice with a drop of water- it opens up quite well, though it is still easy at full strength – the finish suffers, but the rest I like a bit more.

It is a really nice casual dram – I really like it. But not quite up my alley and complexity could be upped.

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

Value: Average, at $89.