I’m skint this month so my whisky buying powers are weak plus I’ve just bought two more Orange Wines for review so I needed to find something cheap and cheerful and hope it isn’t a dud and I find myself in Morrisons because it’s near where I live and I was in buying spray cream and meringues and unless I’m sent to the shops with a list and the exact money I’m almost certain to buy something I shouldn’t, sorry, am I rambling?
So I’m skint, driving lessons if you’re asking, and I’m looking for something and I’m actually considering buying and reviewing a couple of those pre mixed cans of Jack Daniel’s and coke, have I mentioned I’m poor this month because my wife is making me learn to drive?
So there I was and low and behold here’s a 5 Year Old Blended Malt for just fifteen pounds and it’s totally fallen into my trolley and ended up on the conveyor belt and I’m thinking gosh, fifteen quid isn’t bad, is it?
The label has a leaping Salmon, thistle and a stag so we know it’s proper Scottish, don’t we?
This actually has a bit to live up to because Aldi did a 5 Year Old Blended Malt and although it needed a few weeks being opened and getting some air in about it it was a very decent under twenty pounds dram and I was hoping for something similar here.
Bottled at 40% and I think it works well with ice, as a mixer or with a drop of water although not much, just enough to take the edge off the younger spirits.
Nose. Initially quite harsh needed a good ten minutes to calm down, sherry notes, oranges, vanilla, honeycomb and cherry lips, some oak and there is still a little rawness.
Palate. Easier going than the nose, it might be a little bit harsh of me to say but my first thought was that “it tastes of whisky” which it does, honey, vanilla, oak, touch of smoke in the background (I’ve read this is a mixture of Highland Malts so maybe some Ardmore?), it’s easy going and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Finish. Quick, little bit of oak, touch of honey.
This is all very acceptable, it does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak, and it’s certainly helped steady my nerves before my driving lessons.