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do you know if its a blended scotch, or a vatted or single malt? I read that Wm Lundie sells different whiskies under the Lismore label. Standard blends are the Finest and the Signature (without age), The Select has an age of 8 years. There are several Special Reserves with an age of 12, 15 and 21 years.
The vatted Lismore is 8yo and the single is 12, 21 and 25 yo.
You said nothing about the age so I think you got a blended Lismore.
Lismore NAS 40% abv (hidden distillery) Speyside
Color: Shiny gold
Nose: Cut grass, sea breeze, sweet bread
Palate: Sweet malt, cardboard middle, turning bitter
Body: Viscous, gritty texture, dissolving quickly
Finish: Fast, grassy, beer-y
Quote: Not nearly as bad as I was expecting. I bought this for the etched Glencairn tasting glass included and this average malt was just a bonus. It will probably get some help with a vatting of Lagavulin. Not the worst thing I’ve tried, but really not as good as some better blends.
Edit: *I mean this plethora of "Glens", which I think are more misleading to the consumer than Glen Breton, an actual single malt from a specific distillery, is.
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the Lismore label of William Lundie & Co. in Glasgow has blends, vatted malts and single malts. The name is taken from a small island in Loch Lhinne.
Blends are the Finest and the Signature NAS, the blended Select is 8 years old. There are several Special Reserves reaching from 12, 15 to 21 year of age. The vatted Lismore 8 years explains itself. The single malt without statement of its origin is 12, 15 and even 25 years old.
I took this information from the Whiskylexikon of Walter Schobert.
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With respect to Lismore NAS single malt, which is sold in So. Cal. by Trader Joe's and The Wine & Liquor Depot, I have it from a very reliable source that it is a vatting of 5 yr and 8 yr old Glen Rothes. At least that's what it was a couple years ago when I found out this info. I haven't bought a bottle in the last couple years, so it may or may not be the same vatting currently, if even the same malt. That's the flexibility inherent in such non-OB "ghost" brand names. The purported 5/8 yr Glen Rothes sourced Lismore of a couple years ago was a surprisingly good malt (and malty tasting it was, too). If the current bottlings still use the same vatting, it is indeed a good budget malt. For what it's worth, the owner of the Wine & Liquor Depot usually winds up his day at work with a wee dram of Glen Rothes. And he has over 700 different malts to choose from...
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