Havn’t done a whisky review in a while and there are a few i need to get through so let’s kick 2015 off with some Scottish Leader blended Scotch whisky hey. They have the Original blend, but today’s review is on the newly launched Scottish Leader Signature. The story of the Scottish Leader originates from a distillery near the village of Doune in Perthshire, Scotland, where Scottish Leader’s award-winning secret recipe was originally created by Master Blenders, the Ross Brothers in the late 19th century. At the end of last year Scottish Leader was relaunched with a new look and enhanced recipe. The old logo of a deer was replaced with an eagle.
It’s a relatively new whisky with it’s Deanston Distillery only being converted to whisky making in 1966.
Bar ammo: The new look Scottish Leader range was launched in South Africa at the end of last year and will only be launched globally from April 2015 so we are the priviledged few who get to taste it first. I never tasted the older version so can’t really compare, but here’s my take on the new Scottish Leader Signature blend which has a richer smokier profile than the Original.
Nose: you definitely notice the smokey, lightly peated malt aromas along with a hint of caramel. More of an artificial toffee sweetness than honey though i found.
Palate: sweet (maybe too sweet) and spicey at first and then the smokiness kicks in. Not overpowering as some of the medicinal peaty types, but it does leave a distinct ashy flavour. Mellow though.
Finish: the aftertaste is light and dry with a lingering peaty note.
Appearance and price: i’ve seen images of the old bottle and label and not quite sure why they went with the square bottle and plain label. You’d expect with a name like Scottish Leader it would be more historic, but it just looks plain and rather average. The recommended retail price is R169.
Overall score on the Life is Savage Whisky Index: taste wise the Scottish Leader Signature is decent and the price makes it good value for money, but the appearance let’s it down so i’m gonna give it a 6.5 out of 10. If they fix the label and give it a more vintage feel it woulda scored higher.
Rad though getting to be the first country in the world to taste it.