Kenmore Blended Scotch Whisky 5 Years Old (Marks & Spencer)
40% ABV, ~£15 per 70cl bottle or £5.99 for 30cl
What they say:
M&S Kenmore whisky expertly blended and perfect for celebrations.
- ABOUT THIS SPIRIT: Full smooth and lightly peated, Kenmore is a unique aged blend which achieves the highest standards expected of the best whiskies of Scotland
- Ingredients: Water, wheat, maize, malted barley
- Colour: Plain caramel
- Country: Scotland, UK
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Suitable for vegetarians
- Not suitable for vegans
- Bottle: 70cl
- Alcohol by volume: 40%
- Alcohol units per bottle: 28
- Alcohol units per 25ml measure: 1.0
- Does not contain sulphites
What I say:
Part 3 of my M&S own bottling voyage of discovery was this surprising gem of a blended whisky. Another M&S bottling that surprised me in its complexity!
Heather honey, golden syrup, oats/barley malt, treacle and molasses, earthy, floral, toffee, wine and grain
Toffee sweetness, heather honey complexity, cereal malt, warming then woody bourbon oak, vanilla, butter, oil
Shortish with a slightly peaty/earthy mustiness (again a little maturing red wine-y influence), sweet cereals persist.
Would I buy it again:
I am actually tempted to buy this and make everyone I know try it! If for nothing else just the sheer reassurance on my own part that despite being the cheapest, this is one of the best blended whiskies I have ever come across! In part I think it draws a lot of components from the M&S Speyside 12YO to the point that I wouldn’t be surprised if this was one of the major base elements. The marrying together of slightly peaty, and I can only guess at possibly subtly incorporated sherry -finished malts in here is supreme. The latter buttery, oily notes I suspect may derive from grain whisky but even this compliments the other flavours. At the price I suspect I may well be buying plenty more of this, delicious to drink on its own and with plenty of character for mixing in cocktails or shorts – don’t be surprised if you come to visit me and this is the first whisky I hand you!