Overall rating
James Eadie (JE)
45.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2017 4:36 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 37.40

4 × in wishlist

46 × member ratings

59 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for James Eadie's Trade Mark X

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.44 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is definitely one for blend lovers, by that I mean it is light, creamy & fruity but with a creamy palate.
    This bottle has just been opened, I do not think I could drink lots of this in one go as it is too thick and creamy but it is certainly enjoyable and what I like about it is the fact that there is a new twist on the blend concept, there are very few full fat blends like this on the market.
    I tried a Bowmore Sherriff's earlier that goes for around £1700 at auction, I enjoyed this more and it cost £35.
    There is hope out there, if you want complexity forget this, if you want an easy sipper to just sit back and enjoy, this is well worth the usual £45 price tag,
    The creaminess in this reminds me very much of Annandale non peated new make.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A creamy, malty, syrupy sugar sweet nose for starters here.
      Stewed white fruits, apple, plum, apricot, peach etc.
      There is also a brioche pastry note which I really like, the notes of peach juice & syrup seem to increase.
      After a few minutes I detect a very faint fresh paint note, not bad or anything but it is there.
      Finally custard cream biscuits, could be just custard actually
    • Taste
      87 87
      My first impression is one of a good mouthfeel but a very slight metallic note which could explain the paint note on the nose.

      There is plenty of fruit on the palate that the nose hinted of and it is really juicy over the tongue mixed with some spice and a little peat.

      You can tell this is a blend as the cereal notes give it away but the mix and balance are really good, this tastes like 50% malt in the mix, certainly more than the usual 30-35%?
      Plenty of sweet pastry in the mix like croissants and a very faint caramel note.
      This is so creamy it is almost too creamy and syrupy, a thick chewy mouthfeel on this one.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite long, remaining sweet, full fat on the palate with a little more peat coming through on the tail.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Thanks to karloff for this sample.
    If I could find this at £20 it would be a no-brainer to pick up a couple as a carefree sipper.
    And that's what it is, because it doesn't require engagement.
    I feel this is a whisky that falls victim to it's own quality.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Very soft on the nose.
      There's a little of everything, in good balance.
      Hint of smoke, maybe even slightly peated.
      Bright yellow fruits, light citric.
      Almost a Lowland touch of hay, dry grass and dough.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very pleasant arrival.
      Creamy is the word, almost like a sweet liqueur.
      And it got a fair amount of fruity sweetness.
      A pinch of spice arrives midway as it goes more into dough/pastry.
    • Finish
      82 82
      About medium length.
      Slightly metallic astringent at the end.

  3. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This was a heads up from Lincolnimp and I am glad I bought two bottles because this is an exceptionally fine blend.
    If this was more widely available it would be my go to and always have in.
    Not sure how much this normally retails for but I paid £20 .
    It's not all doom and gloom, there are still bargains out there.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Soft smokey notes, earthy as well.
      Plenty of fruit notes and it is very well balanced.
      Fresh baked bread, digestive biscuits, herbs and grass.
      If there is grain in this whisky I can't detect it on the nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Again the balance is just right between the peat and fruit. There is a little sharpness there but it is not off putting.
      The 45.6% vol is another string to it's bow and it is just right for sipping, no water needed here.
      Spice has been thrown in with the herbs.
      There is a metallic note but I quite like them as long as it is not too overpowering.
      Again I am struggling to taste the grain so there is a lot of malt in this.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A nice long finish, slightly bitter and if there is any grain in this I think it showed it's hand right on the death.

  4. holborndrinker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Well worth getting a bottle in  almost a quid for each per cent of abv...
    • Nose
      Quite gentle on the nose - slight suggestion of camphor oil perhaps?
    • Taste
      A light coating on the tongue - a gentle heat at the back of the mouth.  Honeyed notes - sweet - like a Turkish pastry.
    • Finish
      Lingers pleasantly - a caress on the taste buds.

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. GJR scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. The Macallan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A bang for your buck blend.

  8. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Sweet n sour, cloudy & yeasty blonde beer>cider with a farmy sheep wool side, lime soda, slightly damp dark wood furniture, Panellus mushrooms [see pic below], mouldy raisins, sweetened linseed oil, something floral/green, earthy/buttery, yeasty porridge oats & popcorn, used cotton towels, wooden school floors, old music manuscripts, one well washed cockle=oyster, a dry dawn,... wah! Subtly unique malt-forward blend, candidly presented as the recipe required - so without any current/modern hyperactive funny business.
    T: Clean savoury-sweet & sour malty barley with a measured waxy citrus saltiness. Quite some [Clynelish-esque] chew on a mild cocoa powder maltiness with another fungal hint and a small yet unwavering cut of liquorice stick emerging latterly. A few days after opening, the palate reaffirms the savoury-sweet barley/sour-spirity milky<cream, now with a weeny extraction of perfumed shampoo/hairspray. The last few drams talk more of milky cocoa powder with no hairspray but a touch of something more metallic [very very mild]. Given even more time to open out [and a little water], this beholds a fine velvety/grassy/powdery mouthfeel.
    F: Turns towards soft grassy<buttery=powdery cocoa with hints of lime sponge, orange/ginger<chocolate icecream, peppered honeycomb, sugar icing and fine sprinklings of soot. Develops on tasty dry nutty oak [15yo Glen Scotia cask styley], towards a savoury>sour-clean, mild witch hazel/saline finish with occasional wafts of a [seaside] smoke house. Days later I pick out wild blackberries placed on a dry cream sponge, but this isn’t consistent. Finishes on sweet-savoury witch hazel with more sooty embers and sweet=savoury lemon pith.
    C: Place in the high-end hip flask category at the very least. Worth grabbing one now before the malt content,.. changes. Easily scores 87 with that impeccable form, more impeccable than Deanston’s highly decent 12yo which shares similarities.

    Scores a B


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