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McClelland's Lowland Single Malt

The scotch that needs a bath

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@TheWhiskeyJugReview by @TheWhiskeyJug

19th Jan 2014


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I very strongly dislike this whisky. I can’t say I hate this whisky because that emotion is reserved for the abomination that is Bastille, but this is definitely on the lowest rungs of single malt ladder I’ve ever had. It’s not just that it tastes and smells like B.O. but that it also really lacks structure and any kind of identity beyond “stinky”. It’s wishy washy, watery and just overall not fun to drink.

NOSE: Body odor. I’m not joking. Body odor is the first thing I smell drifting out of this bottle. Underneath the eau de hippie is a mild malt, light caramel, some imitation vanilla and stagnant tidal pools. There is a thread of rotting veg, like when a bag of salad is left in the back of your fridge, running through the whole thing.

TASTE: I can taste the body odor. It’s quite unpleasant. There is a bit of malt, honey, and a very ambiguous floral fruity flavor that is paired with sour milk. It’s just truly terrible stuff.

FEEL: Weirdly hot. So rough that all it does is enhance the unbalanced terrible nature of this whisky.

FINISH: It is a mercifully short finish filled with B.O. and a strangely out of place malt, honey and a hint of wood.

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