Glen Talloch 8 years

"A very decent dram that is worth the 17 euros it would cost you, and obviously, it is not the most complex intense dram, but not everybody needs a challenging every time they pour one, at least I don't"

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I think it is fair to say that blended Scotch can not count on much enthusiasm from most self-acclaimed whisky connaisseurs. In fact, often it a target of rather sceptic remarks like “a waste of my coke” or “I could always use it to light up my barbecue”. The more fun to include it in a blind tasting competition, and oh my, the organiser much have laughing out loud when he saw the answers that the everybody was filling in. Anyway, the Glen Talloch brand is put together by Crammond & Sons in Airdie, Scotland, commissioned by the Dutch company Boomsma Distillers, and is one of the cheapest choice in whisky that we have in the Netherlands. Their 8 year-old release, contains only single malts, which include Old Pulteney and Balblair. I must admit, also for me it was a pleasant surprise.

Nose

Rounded and quite fruity and fresh with lots of apple and pears. Some orange-flavoured yoghurt accompanied with cherry, chocolate, and a slightly cheese-y and wine-y side. White wine, probably, a light ones. More tangerines, ale, more ale, after a while much more orange soda, and some lemon sweets. All in all a light  and fresh nose. A few hints of lemon, pebbles, and beach sand. Well integrated, and a typical Highland nose I would say.

Taste

At first I would say that it feels more or less thin. It is very fresh and light fruity with lovely notes of strawberry, cream cheese (I love strawberry cream cheese) and plain sugar. A few soft spices are added together with a refreshingly tangy lemon juice. Some hints of twigs, rosemary and lemon and lime. Very pleasant. Unfortunately, the short finish lets the palate down.

Overall

A very decent dram that is worth the 17 euros it would cost you. Obviously, it is not the most complex intense dram, but not everybody needs a challenging every time they pour one, at least I don’t. The blind tasting showed me once again, don’t have too much prejudices against any whisky, not that I had many against this one, always try yourself before you trust other people’s opinions. For me, this cheapish blended malt beats quite some single versions that previously have filled my glass.

  • Review 2019-036
  • Blended malt
  • Including Old Pulteney and Balblair
  • Glen Talloch
  • 8-years-old
  • Unknown bottling date
  • Undisclosed type of casks
  • Caramel-coloured
  • Chill filtered
  • 40
  • Undisclosed number of bottles
  • ±16
  • Still available
  • Whiskybase #54834

What others say

Whiskybase: 72.05 (21 votes) * @BestShotWhiskyReviews: 76/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
35%
Peat/smoke
2%
  • Orange soda
  • Yoghurt
  • Lemon
Nose 86.5%
Taste 86%
Balance 86%
Depth 83%
Finish 84%
Score