Thursday, 24 November 2011


So nice to see some new options at the LCBO.  I was bound and determined to pick up a bottle of Glenlivet this afternoon.  The 1.14 litre bottle is on sale and that would do just nicely.  But I had a look around first and I saw this bottle.  There was no age indicated which makes me nervous.  I normally would have passed it by.  These are the reasons I got it anyway:

- It's a highland malt!

- It's made with virgin oak!

- It's only $38!

Pulling it out of the box, you can see it's going to be a light trip.  I like to think that virgin oak would result in a better drink but obviously the sherry leftovers do lend something to the final product.  The first whiff is not promising.  It's still light but there's a stinging citrus in there that indicates you really should have spent a couple extra bucks to get the Glenlivet.

The taste is.. high?  Does that make any sense?  It just tastes too elevated and thinned out.  There's still a punch to it though.  It's like somebody had the volume up to 8 but cranked the treble to 11.  There's some mellow caramel but it disappears quickly.

And after the taste?  I can only describe it as a sugary wood flavour.  The virgin oak really comes through with a slight citrus bloom.  And it hangs around.  Too long.  It's not oily and cloying but it does sit itself at the back of your mouth and begs you to go get some sharp cheddar to clear the air.

Yah, so, needless to say a disappointing bottle.  I see that the Deanston label is actually on some malts with defined ages and I'd try them.  But I won't try this one again.

You get what you pay for.  2 shots.


  1. Is Cloying one of the official Scotch flavours / sensations? You need to create the Londry Scotch Evaluation spidergraph or something.