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MacNair’s Lum Reek Peated 12 Years Old (46%, OB, 2018)

MacNair’s Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: 12 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, MacNair’s
  • Category: Blended malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £50
  • Origin: Unnamed Islay / Speyside
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

Launched in late 2018 by the GlenAllachie Distillers Company, MacNair’s Lum Reek blended malts are a series of peaty treats made with peated Islay and Speyside whiskies, as well as GlenAllachie single malt. This expression was made with whiskies aged for at least 12 years, and drawn from bourbon, red wine and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. The name was inspired by Victorian distiller Harvey MacNair, as well as the well-known Scottish toast “Long may your lum reek!”

What I say

Sampled during the #MacNairsWhisky Twitter tasting on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

Similar to the no age statement blended malt, however this time minimum component age is 12 years,  comprises a mixture of Islay and Speyside single malts, most likely some from parent company Glenallachie. Natural colour and non chillfiltered.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance:  Chardonnay gold (6/20), large tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: A more refined nose with caramel sauce, oak wood, mocha coffee and some raisin/sherry influence, cinnamon, mint and a distant beach bonfire.
  • Taste: Salted caramel or sea salted toffee, thinner and a little more vaporous than the peated expression, roasted barley malt, black cherry and raisin, a little dark chocolate.
  • Finish: Medium, toasted oak wood, ginger and smoked sea salt

Overall

A very different blend, lighter on the palate and more wood influence. It feels to me like they have shifted the balance much in favour of the Speyside malt(s) here as it is much lighter and more vaporous and the peat influence feels diluted by more than age alone.

Score 84/100

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