I’m on a Lowland ‘kick’. In that I’m reviewing two of the ones I own. Don’t judge.
Thanks to /u/ounknownto for this sample. Much appreciated.
So big poppa Diageo brings out yet another Distiller’s Edition, this one from their Lowland Distillery. And I get it: It’s annoying that we get one or two dangled in front of us.
Which is too bad. I think Lowland has the ability to really bridge whisky nerds and people who just drink smooth whisky. Because it can be subtle as heck, have interesting flavours, and impress us. If there was any on the market.
Granted, they do like to make single grain whisky, and that takes many years to develop interesting flavours… so perhaps it’s a money issue. Oh well.
Glenkinchie Distiller’s Edition 1996 is the usual juice from Glenkinchie, yet it’s been finished in Amontillado Sherry casks, and aged 2-4 years longer (depending if you’re comparing it to the 10 or 12 year).
So, let’s see if this special edition helps me convince people that Lowlands are worth it. Or just how it tastes.
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 10YR 5/8
Nose: Smoke, mango, hot sauce, peach, caramel, sugar syrup, dandelions
Odd to smell smoke off the top, yet that’s what’s there. The floral/sweet/fruity parts show up eventually.
The hot sauce dominates a lot of the nose. Almost like a cocktail at a bar. Kinda harsh.
Taste: Butterscotch, pepper, ginger, lemon, wheat germ, celery, strawberry
Starts out hot and caramel-y, and then… goes kinda fruity and vegetal at the same time? Like if V8 fruit juice had more than just carrot in it. And that’s really not sitting well.
Granted you might like fruit with your celery and wheat germ.
Finish: Mushroom, wood shavings, arugula, carrot, iodine
The sherry influence is the biggest here, and it’s all earth. Like if Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 was done by someone quickly. Who didn’t have a tongue. Or respect for their work.
Conclusion: It’s just not well put together. The nose is overly hot, though eventually has some nice Lowland elements. The taste starts okay with a lot of sweetness, then goes to a vegetal taste. And the finish is all earth and wood. Not undrinkable. Heck I was actually sipping it to the end, hoping for more. However I wouldn’t recommend this one. It should have worked, and didn’t.
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