As far as blended whiskies go, this truly ain’t half bad. Kinda sounds like ‘damning with faint praise’, right? That’s not the intent. This really is a decent blend.
The way I look at these things is if I want a drink with personality, I’ll likely reach for a malt. If I want a quick down-the-hatch’er…this’ll do. A few parts grain…a few parts malt…voila! Instant drinkability.
If you do try this dram, and don’t find it delivering quite what you’d hoped for, keep cruising the W&M portfolio. There are a couple nice older variants in the range.
Nose: Malty with a hint of cinnamon. Something of a peaty backbone. Fruit mélange…dried and tart fruit…perhaps baked into something. Very blend-typical. Heavy in grain yet surprisingly malty. Touch of smoke and somewhat doughy. Vaguely floral (old potpourri).
Palate: A malty, down-home old school style of blend. Cigar and rumballs. A little figgy and dry. Mouth-stickin’ caramel and honey nougat.
Don’t be fooled by a relatively low score. While this is nothing spectacular, it is absolutely quaffable.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt