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Special Highland Blend 14 year old

Well this was number 101.  The last whisky I had to track down and taste from Ian Buxton's 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die and I managed it just before the release of his follow up book; 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die.  This was also one of the hardest whiskies to find, you have to join the UK based Wine Society to get this "members only" bottling.  As a keen "defender of the blends" I also think it appropriate that the last whisky was a blended scotch.  So how was it?  The nose was malty (even biscuity) with sweet toffee and lemon zest.  Lots of classic blended scotch in the nose.    This whisky has quite a light mouthfeel, with grassy and herbal notes as well as caramel sweetness balanced by dry sherry and pepper.  The finish is dry, with a little smoke, more of the grassy notes from the nose, peppery spices and even slightly bitter woody notes.   Not overly complex but shows maturity and the slighty rough edges show character and slightly add to the experience. 

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Blend
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': Yes

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