Simple Scotch done dirt cheap
And let’s just clarify, simple isn’t necessarily bad quality, in fact a lot of designers spend more time in the pursuit of simplifying things because it is intrinsic to creating a better product. Dieter Rams et al. Sooooo…
Initially it’s all sunshine and bright and lemony and sugary, lemon drizzle cake like. Quite fizzy and tingly (in a nice way). Then honey and honeysuckle, peach syrup and then the savoury things start popping into existence. Peppery, a bit of burnt sage, mint leaves and a bit of white melon. It’s a nice nose. Kind of zesty, peppery and creamy all at one.
I’m looking forward to this. Are they just playing the market with a bottle that will sell on the name, for a premium? Let’s go.
Initially quite thin? I was expecting something thicker but no matter. Mmm sweet, like a fruit nectar, soft lemon icing sugar and oak all bundle in and spread out I’ve the palate. A creaminess arrives, nice richness and a kids foam banana gets a look-in. Some smoke but not overbearing, subtle like old fag ash, mmmm a little rubbery note and the oak comes back with more ginger and a salinity and the woody astringency arrives (sugar coated) but it is very well mannered, drying in the right way. Then it fades… like walking away from a noisy room down a corridor. Every step away the noise drops until it’s just a fair memory.
And then you walk back into the noisy room. Because it tasted great.
So, let’s ignore the ingredients. Let’s ask if it stands on its own. Is it good when you don’t care about the label or where the stuff inside has come from? For £38 it’s a solid yes. It feels like a lot of whisky for the money. It’s good from nose to tail - sure, they could have made it bigger, maybe chosen more standout things in the mix but I’m finding it’s appeal is it’s easy feel of balance. It’s light and zesty and would probably make a great scotch for cocktails. It’s just smells and tastes good. Honest even. I get more and more excited when I see ‘entry level’ scotch knocking it out of the park. This is a balm, simple and enjoyable.