Haig Dimple 15 Year Old
Good Blend but Lacking Something
21st Feb 2011
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Tasting Notes by JeffC
I have had this bottle for awhile and it has been my go to blend for the past few weeks. I believe it is a very good blend but somehow rather than having a synergy which makes it greater than the sum of its parts, it is rather just equal to the sum of its parts. Although such things usually do not persuade me, I'd say the bottle shape is very unique, the only thing close being the bottle for Johnnie Walker Swing.
I usually have my wife try a sip or two of my drinks. With bourbons or Islay scotches she gets a look on her face like a little kid eating vegetables. With some mild blended scotches she might say "it's not bad" with this she actually said "It's pretty good." And for the most part I concur.
The nose is overall consistent with the mild spicy, sweet taste I overall get from this. The taste and palate are pleasant again with a light spice and sweetness to them. There is a mild orange, citrus note, together with a very faint amount of smoke which almost manifests itself more on the finish.
While there is a lot going on in this which makes the balance score higher in my mind, nothing seems to stand out as remarkable or memorable. This is good for those that prefer milder tastes, for beginners, or for warmer weather. I think one could certainly do much worse than this although there are blends which appeal to me more. Overall I would recommend this though.