||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Inverleven (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
This distillery was once known as Dumbarton and was a massive distillery complex which fed the Ballantines blends. It still distills grain whisky for ballantines, but, at one time, it had a pot still and a lomond still which produced single malt. However, the distillery stopped making malt whisky in 1991, so this is right near the end of that production.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2005
The nose has dry malt, apple, vanilla, and a bright earthiness (like a hardwood forest in the summer). The palate is dry, light, sweet, and soft – with lots of pepper and fruit. The finish has lots of earthy barley, with some British bitter style hops (like east kent goldings) and dried fruit take the finish. The oak really builds towards the finish.
Quite good, but nothing spectacular.
Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).