Continuing our foray on the British Isles we have a low-tier blended scotch. Because London is expensive dammit, and if we risk purchasing a good scotch we’ll make sure it’s good first. (by checking our handy-dandy website). While this might not win any height competitions with it’s shelf position, it’s actually quite nice.
That’s because the term, creaminess which is often not associated with a scotch applies here. By maintaining that and removing any rough edges this also works with a cube of ice or a bit of water. While it might not be hot toddy time here in the UK (currently experiencing it’s 3 days of summer) this feels like the exact thing one would use in a Irish Coffee.
What they Say: “Highland Cream was that whisky. At 45 percent it has one of the highest single malt contents of any blend and uses fully peated Ardmore whisky as it’s fingerprint malt. The combination is incredible depth and smoothness combined with a rich smokey undertones. Truly a masterpiece. Rich Amber with yellow gold highlights. A deep and robust maltiness shows through at the very start that is accompanied by a gentle highland peat smoke tang. This full flavour slowly fades to allow the sweeter fruitier flavours of apples, pears and heavy honey maturity to show through. Full of depth and substance. There is a challenging and exciting taste that at the same time is round and warming. This superb flavour is full of rich malts and maturity that slowly fades to a silky rounded texture. Well balanced with a clean busy flavoured fullness that ends with a slow fading of flavours. ”
Taste: 6.5 –Okay.The name Highland Cream makes a lot of sense now. It’s not like goat cheese creamy, or eggnog creamy. It is however sweet, and it has that same silk like feeling you get with a velvet cake. It’s quite nice actually.
Aftertaste: 4.5 – Here however it coasts on the hightails of the taste, but tries to get all ‘scotch-y’ but like the aroma doesn’t miss the board, but it’s not on target.
Burn/Smooth: 6.5 – Even in the middle of a cold English rainy day this provides not even a lick of warmth. It does however burn very little, and that silky taste does help it go down.
Aroma: 4.0 – No part of that smells creamy, in fact it smells like cheap scotch. Not too much like cheap scotch, like when it no longer even smells like scotch. But when it’s still clearly scotch, but not good.
Honesty: 4.0 – The dilemma here is that you can imagine this whiskey drunk by an old man of a teacher who buys it simply for the point of a pun to tell his own stupid children to bring him his teacher’s whiskey. That image is marred though by the massive load of jizz that is the description just slightly above this section.
W/ Rocks: 6.5 – That blends things together extending the taste, and making the aftertaste more relevant. Which is good. It’s still not fantastic, but improved.
Value: 6.5 – That’s actually not a bad price for this. In fact between some Famous Grouse of Dewar’s this is worthy of a blind taste test to see which you prefer.
Google Shop Average: $16
Metric Score: 38.5/70 |+| Metric Average: 5.5 |+| Reviewer Average: 6.0
Final Thoughts: This isn’t a great whisky, but for the price and how no one part of is horrifically terrible – it’s a good buy. If you like us are scouring the bottom shelf to shave off a few pounds (or dollars) then there are worse things to buy. You could also however follow our cue, and buy Johnnie Walker Double Black.