Royal Salute 21 Years Old Signature Blend whisky review: Rich, deep and powerful flavours for a blended whisky. Quite distinctive with heavy chocolate, fruit and nut character deriving from sherry cask usage. 86/100
Blended Whisky #2 22 Years Old Batch 3 whisky review: A great blended whisky full of caramel, chocolate, fruit and nutty toasted barley flavours.
Whyte & Mackay 50 Years Old 175th Anniversary whisky review: Incredibly juicy and sweet for a whisky of this age, there is plenty of wood as you’d expect but delivered perfectly. I could have spent hours alone just nosing this one even though the palate was just as supreme. 96/100
Kininvie KVSB003 blended scotch whisky review: Better than the single malt but not as good as the single grain.. There was still far too much of the weirdly fake/plastic lemon citrus flavour and way too much spice in the spirit which I suspect derives more from the single malt than the single grain component. I likely won’t be drinking much more of this one straight either. 75/100
The Exceptional Blend 1st Edition whisky review: A heavily-sherry influenced blend which may draw more from the casks than it does its component parts, I guess as with any blend it is hard to tell. Very well put together, a lot lighter and more summer fruits on the palate than the nose suggests which is a pleasant surprise. Very drinkable. 81/100
The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 11 whisky review: A lovely blend that smacks of aged stock and I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was blended (or even single) malt. Quite a complex dram but that is unsurprising considering choice of components has been arrived at by availability and status (i.e. closed distillery). Perhaps a little zesty and spirity in places but here this adds character whereas other blends would smooth this out and diminish the tasting experience (in my opinion). 88/100
Grant’s Triple Wood Smoky Blended Scotch whisky review: A delightful little blend that opens on the nose with a definite peat and smoke. I’m sure this will frighten a few people off but the palate in contrast is just full of fruit and dark sugars, the smoke doesn’t really appear until much later. I’m definitely going to use this one in blind tastings as it really plays with the perceptions. Really rather fun! 80/100
Grant’s Rum Cask Finish blended Scotch whisky review: A little sweeter than the Triple Wood. My fear was I really haven’t been enjoying Rum-cask finished whiskies of late, but this one is a slight improvement over the entry-level blend. Perhaps it has polished that grain whisky edge off a little?
Grant’s Triple Wood blended scotch whisky review: A little grainy but decent flavours for an entry-level blend. Enough in here to stand up to mixing this into a long drink. 70/100
Bank Note 5 Years Old blended Scotch whisky review: A pleasant blended scotch whisky, while the grain component is evident the end result is surprisingly rounded and drinkable considering the youngest element in this blend is 5 years old. Some nice cask char and spice elements present too. 76/100