I’m revisiting the McClelland’s Distillery this month and sampling their Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. In April I discussed the qualities of the McClelland’s Highland Scotch, and I hope to have the memory to do a bit of a comparison between the two.
As mentioned in April the McClelland’s are easy on the pocket book. I picked this one up at a local merchant for under 30 dollars. It’s my feeling that scotch can come in a variety of qualities that are sometimes not related to the cost of the bottle. In this case I am pleasantly surprised on my first sip. Unfortuantely my senses may have deceived my as I am soon somewhat dissapointed.
The nose is sharp with ginger and a mild peat. A powerfully sweet berry and tangerine as noted on the sleave.
The first taste brought me quite a lovely vanilla flavour that filled my palate and slid down smooth. The texture is thin however, and doesn’t match the initial taste.
I continued to my second and third sip before I noticed a sweetness inside a slight berry overtone that fit better with the texture.
The finish digresses to the vanilla that I noticed with my first sip with a slight hint of peat at the end. This is not a peaty scotch, but it’s not meant to be.
I haven’t tried McClelland’s Lowland on ice or with water. I feel that this would it would not stand up if thinned any further. As with the Highland from McClelland’s this is a great budget scotch. Over all it’s sweeter and lighter than most scotches I’ve had, which might suit your preference.
With that there are two more varieties from McClellands that will be on my list; the Speyside and the Islay. I trust these will provide me with equally unique tasting experiences.
McClelland’s penchant for heritage is apparent in its packaging and website. This is a distillery that is loyal to its culture, its history and its whiskey. The official website is at McClellands.co.uk.
If you have tried this scotch and would like to relate your experience with it, please leave me a comment.
A while back we had some interest in bottling practices behind certain scotches. Please see: White Labeling Single Malts for the original article.
I contacted the Vintage Malt Whisky Company Limited and they were extremely gracious in their response to some of my quesitons:
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