Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Glen Ness Highland Single Malt Scotch

Today I am reviewing Glen Ness Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. There seems to be no information about it since it is a big box whisky brand. The only information I could find on the bottle is the importers Saranity Imports,Stamford CT & a company named Alistar Forfar ltd. No information is found on the web about any of these companies. 
Here are my few guidelines for choosing a quality single malt 
1. It has a distillery name- Ones like Glen Ness does not have a distillery name which keeps us guessing where the contents of the bottle came from. 
2. Tasting notes- A quality single malt will have tasting notes like nose, taste,finish in the product description.
3. Higher ABV- This is a grey area. While many well known brands like Glenlivet have 40% ABV, a good rule of thumb is ABV of more than 43% should have better quality to it. 
Now let's get down to business, my tasting notes and find out this origin less whisky is worth it or not!. Enjoy my tasting notes. 

Vital Stats- Glen Ness Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 
Price- $21.99 for 750 ml($3.49 for 50ml sampler pictured) 
Age- NAS(No Age Statement)
ABV- 40%
Country of Origin- Glascow,Scotland
Company- Alistair Forfar ltd 
Awards won- None found

Tasting info-
Serving glass- The Glencairn whisky glass
Serving style- Neat
Appearance- Medium Amber

Aroma- Well rounded, citrus, vanilla, oak, honey, cinnamon, cloves, peppermint
Flavor- Very neutral, slightly sweet, some light oak. Similar profile to Spey River or Glenlivet, cinnamon, spices, pepper
Body- Medium
Finish- Non existent, very short. Slightly warm and spicy but fades away quickly
SJ's Rating- Middle Shelf 
Not much going on as expected. Just a neutral cheap single malt that is not too bad either. It would be unfair to compare this $20 single malt with some other outstanding single malts. At this price range, it is a fair bargain. 
Occasions- Casual drinking
Food Pairing- Goat gravy & spicy peanuts

Cocktails- None, Enjoy neat or with club soda
SJ's Pro tip- Good for parties because of the value for money

I enjoyed reviewing this whisky, try it yourself and find out. Cheers! 🥃🥃🥃 Enjoy Responsibly. 
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  1. After eating mild cheddar I took a drink of Glenn ness 12 year old single malt and noticed hint of honey. Anybody else?

    1. Hi! great sense of taste. I got a hint of honey while nosing.

  2. I agree with the reviewers comments it is not high-end 120 $150 scotch so don't expect that but for $21 it's a deal

    1. Thank you Anonymous for your comment. Yes, it is a fair bargain for $21. Hard to beat that!


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