Review No.14. Haig Club

Grain whiskies are seen as the poor cousin to single malts due them being used mainly for the creation of blended scotch whiskies.  Some say that grain is just a filler used in blends so that producers can use less malt. This is because grain whiskies are cheaper to produce and demand is not so high.  On the other hand I have heard many say that there are fantastic grain whiskies out there that can stand up to single malts.


Whisky: Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Light vanilla, butterscotch and cream

Taste: Vanilla, butterscotch, custard and toffee

Finish: Short

Score: 2

Summary: I am on the fence when it comes to grain whisky, I just haven’t tried enough to know whether I like it, dislike or impartial.  Based on Haig Club alone I would say that I am impartial.  There is nothing that offends here, it is very light on flavour but the flavours that are showing are pleasant.  I can see why Diageo are pushing the brand.  However, the flavours do not justify the price that this is being sold at. I would not feel comfortable recommending that you buy this.  My journey into grain whiskies continues.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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