North British 6yo van Wees | 46.0% | Grain
North British Distillery
, Scotland founded: 1885 | active
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Meet #67 | 18/09/15 | Hosted by Phil
Our first SSWC Walking Tour around the closed and remnant distilleries of Edinburgh. And why can't a walking tour of Edinburgh also shoe-horn in a cheeky Kavalan tasting outside the Taiwanese Embassy?
We didn't get a whole lot of smells. It was cold and we were outside, so it was a case of diving right in and giving it a taste.
To be honest, we didn't get a massive pile of tastes either, but we did muster a fair few opinions! To start off, it was watery and didn't really taste of anything - or more like an inexpensive blend. The unusualness was perhaps peanutty? (which is good, but not in whisky, said the reviewer). Pork? *silence*. Was it a bit fake? Or pretty rough? Some thought it could give you a sore head the next day, while others disagreed, calling it "perfectly drinkable - like Lidl whisky". There was even a suggestion of mint toffee! - the most flavourful flavour we came up with. Most agree it's better than the selection of 70s blends we sampled on the way (the names of which were fading away - "Abbott's Fingers?" "Nun's Chuffs?").
| We had a game of 'pin the pin on the distillery' whilst we sampled this.. (NB not this distillery!) (4 photos)
Finish & Comments
Not a finish as such, but we generally concluded it was "fine" and "not detestable". It was just a bit bland, to be honest. Grain whisky at 6 years and 46% is a hard spec to please with.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
60 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 0)
No scores available.
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