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
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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