The nose shows soft smoke, a bit of Laphroaig's medicinal peatiness, but also the gentle sweetness of sherried malt. On the palate there is a perfect integration of grain, sweet malt, and spicy smoke flavour. Nothing really dominates. It comes across as a tad simple but it has a nice honied sweetness and good body to it. Very pleasant and easy-drinking, more of a full-bodied blend than Teacher's or Ballantines, and more flavourful than Grant's. Goes nicely after dinner. The finish leaves some smokiness on the tongue but it doesn't persist like a strong Islay malt. This is certainly one of the best Scotch blends under $30 available in Ontario. Call me crazy but on most occasions I think I would actually prefer this to Laphroaig. The problem is that, unlike Laphroaig, this stuff goes down fast.
Might just have to make a short trip westward!
they do have black bottle, but its a pretty penny
the NAS goes for almost $30, with the 10 ringing in at $40
i might as well drink laph 10 since it only cost $32
wish they still carried finlaggan at TJ
best $17 i ever spent in my life
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