April 2009 – McClellands’s Highland Single Malt

In light of the economic times, I’ve chosen a scotch with a more conservative price than the one we reviewed last month. I find that a number of the less expensive single malts I’ve chosen tend to have a cherry tone in them. Something that I generally equate with a blend.


The Highland is the first expression of McClelland’s that I’ve tasted, but they offer a selection distilled in each of the four regions of Scotland, which intrigues me to try the next three!


In the nose I found a woody peat, and a slight cherry sweetness.


The first thing I taste when sipping this scotch is the Scottish gooseberries noted in the tasting notes. It does remind me of a blended whiskey, but then it refines itself to a smooth buttery vanilla flavour that is quite nice.


The finish is definitely lasting, as promised on the container. It has a creamy tone that emphasizes the vanilla as it diminishes.


I always like my scotch on ice, but the flavours in this one are better enjoyed on their own. Over all this scotch is impressive when compared to its price and I will be trying others from this group.


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.

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2 thoughts on “April 2009 – McClellands’s Highland Single Malt”

  1. Nice review. One thing, though, McClelland’s isn’t a distillery – it’s a bottler of any number of Bowmore single malts, usually less than 5 years. Basically, It’s a “baby Bowmore” which is why we both probably agree it’s delicious for the price range.

  2. Great observation! Thanks for your insight! A lot of times i like the edgyness that a younger scotch seems to offer and this defninitly explains some elements of the McClelland’s flavour.

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