This one was as good as it was mysterious.
In terms of the experience, it is a really well put together whisky.
The nose is shy, but worth getting to know. At the beginning, I could only really get the dark fruits, but the longer I left it, the more the orange fruit pastilles popped and the vanillia malt rose.
The palate is great. Very syrupy and dense, sweet but not overdoing it and just long enough.
It has a fairly long tail which starts off exploring very well timed bitter and salt notes, then tying in sweetness and spice again, all in an impressive balance.
As for the mystery - It was one of those drams the involved a bit of a deep-dive.
If the term Cigar Blend sounds familiar to you, it's probably because the Corriemhor was concocted by Richard 'The nose' Paterson, who would later go on to be master blender at Dalmore, where he would then put together one for them that has much more name recognition.
The original Corriemhor was a Whyte and Mackay 40% blend, but at some point it became a single malt and was shifted to Fox Fitzgerald (two guys who used to work for W&M) where they bumped it up to 46%. The distillery of this single malt is undisclosed, but various sellers and web sources have the region down as Speyside. The internet has not been able to find out anthing definitive, but best guesess from unamed icons in randon reviews and forums are: Aberlour, BenRiach and Glendronach.
The bottles, also don't have an age statement, but on this, the internet is pretty sure it's 8 years old.
There was once a Corriemhor website, the address of which is printed on the full-sized bottle labels, but that seems to have only been for 1 year between 2014 and 2015, when it was taken down.
Looks like this bottling has had an in interesting journey and the last of the internet chatter suggests it might be coming back.
But really, who knows?
I'd be happy if it did.
Plummy. Spun sugar, Orange (Rowntree's) fruit pastilles, Jaffa Cakes, fig Newton, blackcurrant jam, malted grain, vanilla pods,
Damson jam, golden syrup, chocolate syrup, ginger cordial
Mild bitter Leather, cooling cardamom, salted chocolate caramel and dark berry jam, sweet and spicy English mustard