Yesterday my Father-in-law-to-be hands me a glencairn of whisky and says "So what do you think of this then?"
I, in all my confidence and bluster, take a few sniffs and a taste, stroke my beard thoughtfully and declare that it's a cheap 5 year old Speyside single malt!
Well, I was almost there. It is cheap, it is young, but it is blended.
Highland Black 8 year old Blended Whisky (Aldi)
Nose: Very light, fruit, pear, slight floral.
Taste: Soft, light, pear, green apple, some toffee and then some toasted oak.
Finish: Short length. Toasted oak and pear.
This costs £12. Not bad for what it is. It gives Glenfiddich 12 a run for its money. I would have thought that there's lots of Speyside malt in this.
After a bit of time the grain comes out a tiny bit into the finish but there's no harsh alcohol/lemon note that normally gives it away.
Score Average: 77.7
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good