MacNair's Lum Reek 46%.
Very pale yellow. Not far off colourless.
Aroma is custard-covered banana fritter and light smoke. Not dissimilar to a young Ballantruan's or cheap young Lagavulin/Caol Ila even. Doesn’t really smell like a blend. I’ve had plenty of supermarket own brand Islay single malts that smell very much the same. Vanilla powder, custard, banana dessert. The smoke dies after the first couple of sniffs leaving the aforementioned vibes to themselves. Maybe some roasted coconut.
Body is watery.
Taste is light and low-impact up-front, brine mixes with biscuits and potato starch, as well as some vague lemony and vanilla high notes, until the smoke comes out on the swallow. When it comes it lingers nicely.
The vibes here are pleasant enough. I mean I enjoy most peated whisky, and unsurprisingly I like this too – at least enough to drink this sample without too much complaint, that is. However, it's about as simplistic as it gets and very similar to the £15-a-bottle Islay stuff that Aldi and Lidl routinely put out. If you drink it too fast the banana custard takes over too much. On the whole it’s a passable peaty potation but not something id really readily recommend. 3.375/81