J.G. Thomson Smoky

What they say

Being made from 100% Islay malts, our Smoky Blended malt whisky gives you something to chew on. Once the cork is off, you are met with burning ash, baked seaweed, barbecued fruits and a medicinal undertone. Smoked sugar and salt meet smoked meats, rich clove and delicate honeycomb upon drinking. We use Pedro Ximenez butts and hogsheads for richness and depth and ex-bourbon barrels for sweetness and body. Using careful cask selection we can highlight the smokiness of the whisky and blend a well-balanced dram. Not too sweet, not too rich, and when you think the smoke is just becoming too much, we bring you right back to start again. Bottled at 46%, unchill filtered and with no added colour, this is a whisky for true smoky fans and those looking to broaden their palate alike.

Official tasting notes

  • ON THE NOSE Ashy, medicinal & fruity
  • TO TASTE Smoked meats, cloves & honeycomb

What I say

A Blended Malt whisky from J.G. Thomson labelled Smoky. A blend of 100% Islay malts matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-PX sherry casks.

  • ABV 46%
  • Age Undisclosed
  • Bottler J.G. Thomson
  • Bottling Batch 1
  • Cask n/a
  • Category Blended malt Scotch Whisky
  • Cost £42.50 from J.G. Thomson
  • Origin undisclosed
  • Outturn undisclosed
  • Region Scotland
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance White wine gold (5/20)
  • Nose Lovely peat smoke, sticky, iodic and waxy, fresh lemon juice and candied zest, honey sweetness, briny and flinty, waves crashing on a flint beach? Arbroath smokies, some darker raisin notes have to fight their way through the smoke.
  • Taste Sweet, cherryade, salted almond brittle, more iodine, sticking plasters and germolene but honey also in equal measure plus salted caramel, maple-cured bacon and soy-glazed pork. nomnomnom.
  • Finish Long, sweet and smoky and medicinal and meaty.
  • Overall Another superb blended malt from J.G. Thomson redolent of classic Islay notes, smoke, phenols, meaty, coastal and sherried to boot.

Score 85/100

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