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I first saw this bottle in an international terminal in Malaysia. I knew it was a blend but something about the art of with a picture of a ptarmigan was rather catching. Such a pretty illustration. I kept it in mind and was surprised to see it reach Australia a few months later.
Nose: Grain whisky of course, caramel, vanilla, lacking depth.
Taste: Caramel and butter. Uncomplicated and finishes fast.
Finish: Too short almost like vodka.
This drink is marketed to be drank chilled. I'm in no rush to get back to this so I let it sit in the freezer for 29 Hours.
Notes for a chilled dram:
Nose: Almost nothing, slight caramel.
Taste: Shallow a bit of caramel.
Finish: Quick flash of bitter artificial caramel.
In summary: Flat, short and lacking character.
Chilled and unchilled there is no alcohol burn nothing. That would be the marketability of this spirit. Normally when tasting a whisk(e)y I sit on it for a long time. I struggle here and it's frustrating. I sip a bit faster searching for something more. But there isn't. This is it.
This is my first blended grain whisky and it does not inspire me to seek out more.
A friend rescued me from this dismal bottle. He is fond of a broad range of spirits and when I asked him his opinions on taste, he immediately thought of vodka. I must agree with his statement. It's vodka - with E150a.