For those not familiar, the range was introduced in the 1990s to make accessible lesser-known distilleries which typically do not have official single malt bottles as their liquid is instead providing the backbone of blends. Most are available at 43% – a hint above the minimum and mass production strength of 40% but not into the slightly stronger so-called connoisseur’s preferred strength of 46%. Most also are reasonably affordable… depending on where you purchase.
What goodies did our lovely virtual host buy for us?
- Teaninich 10 year 43% – A curious one… petrol? Hmm… (approx GBP 47)
- Mannochmore 12 year 43% – Satisfying classic Speyside with character – our clear favourite! (approx GBP 48)
- Strathmill 12 year 43% – Be a bit patient and don’t underestimate this one! (approx GBP 46)
- Linkwood 12 year 43% – A perfect late afternoon sipping dram (approx GBP 48)
- Inchgower 14 year 43% – A curious start… earthy then fruity, lots of character (approx GBP 49)
- Auchroisk 10 year 43% – A clear favourite! Cooked cherries, caramelized toasted nuts and cinnamon spice. (approx GBP 50)
We chose to split our sampling into two evenings… if you would like to explore in our order:
- One late January 2021 combing Paris and Mumbai with the Teaninich 10 year 43%, Mannochmore 12 year 43%, Strathmill 12 year 43%
- A second in April 2021 bringing together friends virtually from France and Germany featuring the Linkwood 12 year 43%, Auchroisk 10 year 43%, Inchgower 14 year 43%
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