Why did I buy it?
I kind of felt I had to? A weird reason, but I felt like it deserved a try as it is pretty much readily available in every supermarket in the country. At this point I had already tried Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Laphroaig from the Islay setlist. Interesting titbit of information. I actually started my whisky journey with the peated whiskies. Laphroaig 10 was a particular favourite of mine, which is mad really as I tend to stay away from peated whisky to begin with when I’m introducing my friends to Scotch; usually ending the night with either a Highland Park or maybe Lagavulin. If they like those then the night doesn’t end there anyway!
Although, this has been sat in my cupboard for a good few years having never been opened. Because not long after I bought this bottle I kind of became the whisky nerd who’s writing for you now. I read the books, visited distilleries, watched the Vlogs on YouTube, listened to the podcasts, the whole works. Bog standard Bowmore 12 just wasn’t exciting enough to open when I had single cask, cask strength, limited edition, distillery exclusive. . . You get the idea.
It was finally opened a few weeks ago with a friend of mine who wanted to try and better understand whisky and he got to liking the smoky influences, so I thought I might as well open it. If he did like it, it was something readily available for him to pick up at the shops; and if he didn’t like it; well it’s whisky, it’s not a real negative having another bottle open is it!?
Where did I buy it?
Tesco. You can also pick up a bottle here:
Check out this site properly though. They have an outstandingly amazing range of whisky as well as supermarket shelf filler!
Have I opened it?
Nose: Burnt wood and Earl Grey Tea
Palate: Slight citrus, Creosote
Finish: Label on the back says mellow finish. I’d say it’s more non-existent. Slight coal soot.