Lower East Side Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall rating
Blended Malt
R&B Distillers (R&BD)
American Oak
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Borders Distillery Co. Ltd.
Added on
25 Mar 2018 12:52 pm by Andytka3

Average value

€ 35,95

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Whisky Reviews for Lower East Side Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.55 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] The first borders distillery (located close to the old Scottish-England borderline) since 1837 with a very committed young (but unexperienced) local team under the supervision of an old (and experienced) industry guy - that all sounds quite interesting. We will see if they manage to produce the high-quality lowland malt they aim for what would be great as there are almost no clear lowland malt profiles left these days.

    In the meantime they do what all new start-up distilleries do: produce and sell gin (using a separate gin still), acquire malt from other distilleries and create an own blend, sell merchandise and offer tours - everything that helps to somewhat sooth the financing burden until the first malt is ready (matured) to sell…

    ...but this "Lower East Side Blended Malt" could have been done better, sorry! It seems to be composed out of very young and rather immature stuff - the nose mainly smells washy like an unfinished lager beer (take a deep breath into a washback to experience this) without any interesting aromas at all. The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and bitter-astringent from tannins (but a little coating too, at least). The taste is just sugary sweet with some wooden notes, that's it (unless you accept far distant echoes of fruits and nuts that shyly indicate they are ready to pop up in some years). The finish is of medium length without new impressions but again a minor drying-astringent tannins moment. All typical aspects of very young (underaged) malts with less than six years maturation time in sub-standard casks (like virgin oak)...

    I acknowledge that it is hard to buy better quality malts when you run short of money anyhow (due to the investment requirements of the new distillery) - but please consider that whisky drinkers might associate the quality of the blends you offer today with the anticipated quality of your future single malt. It makes no sense to pre-load your brand with a rather marketing burden (simply buy good quality older blends and sell them for a higher price instead), unless you aim for the sub-standard low price market anyhow...

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    The nose is somewhat decent, the palate is just too quiet and doesn't offer much.
    • Nose
      There's hints of toasted oak as well as something herbacious, followed by whiff of honey and vanilla, before settling into quite grainy territory. Even some anchovies?
    • Taste
      Lacks viscosity, almost watery. Sweet barley, vanilla, sugar and bitter oak with a subtle spiciness. A whiff of smoke Really lacking in depth.
    • Finish
      Very short. Almost nonexistent.

  3. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      61 61
    • Taste
      59 59
    • Finish
      59 59

  4. coldsun scored this whisky 53 points Expert Senior

    Nice and balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      50 50
      Honey, citric, malt, zest.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Continues nose notes adding fresh fruits elements.
    • Finish
      50 50
      Sweet citric zest.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
      Starts of quite nutty with ripe fruits, plum and some mint: pretty ok. However, development over time is quite poor. After 15 to 30 minutes it becomes very musty and even moldy, like smelling a wet wine cellar with fungus on the ceiling.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Ripe fruits, fresh wood notes and a mild pepper.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Short: bitterish, some mild liquorice, on the dry side.

  6. Andytka3 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N- Toasty and soft earthy, lightly muted initially with white fruits, vanilla rising gradually, some chocolate whispering away. Not expressive but not with much fault either, decent nose with gentle presence. Expect the pencil shaving and white oak, as well the vanilla, grainy and grassy undertone.P- Contrast to the aroma, starts with fresh, juicy and frizzy citrus zest, squeezes of tangy orange, tea nuance and white floral on the return. Medium body, tad pale sweetness on the finish but without being cloying.

    F- Short-medium, smooth, dry fruity white wine, clean with fine chewiness, balanced and enjoyable casual sips for most palate. Subject to the pending selling price (yet available on the shelves), this could be a good deal on blended malt for a 'friends gathering' dram. Oh, beautiful bottle design with pretty and bright yellow label to go with it too. Fight the Monkey.— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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