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Passport Scotch

Of course this is meant to be a mixer but let's taste it on its own, just for kicks: you know I like to do that as much as possible, I think it allows a deeper understantding of the mixer, even if it's not a heavenly experience.

Today the chosen one is this blend of Highlands and Lowlands that's been around since the 1960s and that has a bargain price, €10 for a 70 cl bottle (and there's a 50 cl one for about one buck less.)

By the bye, I reviewed this back in April 2015, and it was an old (but unopen) half-liter bottle.

It poured light golden with a very subtle greenish cast and displayed a medium-intensity aroma: breakfast cereal, caramel, a hint of vanilla; also smoke and cedarwood.

Mouthfeel started somewhat aggressive and a little too warm, but then again this is a mixer. Then it turned out to be pleasantly bitter and it lasted longer than expected in the aftertaste, with some undergrowth and exotic wood reminiscences, so I must say that, being nothing but a cheap mixer, it's quite a respectable one.


Passport Scotch is a classic blend in the portfolio of Pernod-Ricard. It was developed in the 1960s by Master Distiller Jimmy Lang and contains Highalnd, Lowland and Speyside whiskies. According to Chivas Brother, no less than 1 million cases are sold annually. I will try a bottling from last century’s early 90s.

The nose is very soft and mildly fruty. Even a bit creamy. Reminds me of lemon and banana. And a floral touch. Tulips? Underneath lies a special scent that reminds me of silver polish. Not disturbing in the least. After a few moments it becomes a bit syrupy. And all the way in the back is a hint of smoke. This is better than I would have thought.

On the palate, though, it is a let-down. It is still somewhat creamy, but immediately bittersweet on wet cardboard on which oranges are rotting. Yikes! The bitterness slowly but surely takes control. Walnuts? Even a big dose of caramel cannot save the day.

The finish is pretty short, which I find to be an advantage. Mildly alcoholic, a bit sweet, but mostly far to bitter.

While the nose was okay, the rest of this drink is not pleasant at all. Let us move on quickly.


According to various sources including the Pernod Ricard web site (owner of the distillery), Passport Blended Scotch Whisky contains malts from Seagram's Speyside distilleries. According to Jim Murray, Passport Scotch is a blend of more flavored highland malts with lighter and sweet lowland whiskies made at Seagram's Speyside distilleries.

The price (less than a half of JW Black Label) is excellent for what it offers. I would put it on a second place after JWBL when talking about cheaper blends (less than USD 30).

I have done tests with and without a drop of water and it was great in both ways. The content of single malts seems to be significantly higher than in other blends (except for JWBL).

There are certain floral and sweet vanilla tones on the nose, maple syrup, a light peat and bourbon sort of spice on the palate with a smooth and pleasant finish (very Speyside-bodied), not very dry. It is a very enjoyable blend for everyday drinking. If it is available in your area, you should definitely give it a try. I would say it will surprise anyone interested in blended whisky.

Should you decide e.g. between Chivas 12, Grouse, JW Red, I would recommend Passport Scotch instead. In central Europe it is available for approximately 12,- EUR.

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