Review: Grand MacNish Blended Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Scottish Malt and Grain Whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked up this whisky just solely based on the bottle (yes; sometimes I judge a book by its cover…).However, it came as a sampler on a different bottle...

Review (2013)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2012

Nose: It has lots of pear, apricot, peaches, and caramel, lemon, orange, and a slightly grassy character overall. There’s a nice bit of brown sugar backdrop and vanilla too - very fruity and clean overall. I find as I search a little deeper that there is some underlying dried fruit, prunes in particular, alongside some malt.

Taste: Slightly tart….the malt comes right through before the spices settle slightly with some black pepper before the malt comes back through again with some juiciness – likely seeming so because it is a touch tart/acidic. There is a slight backdrop of vanilla throughout as well. I find it’s quite earthy towards the end along with some minerality, which I quite appreciate.

Finish: Finishes with earthiness and then slight malt, backed by a light fruit character and great mouthfeel. Oddly, I found after a time a slight bit of hot spice developed like cayenne pepper. Intriguing.

Pleasant, and I wouldn’t have a problem drinking this – but I think it could go a bit deeper with flavours. Light whiskies really have to do well with their flavours and subtlety to impress me, particularly with balance and depth.

Value: Low, even at a relatively low price. you can do better at bottom shelf prices, especially in North American whiskies.