Review No.229. Robert Burns Blend

This is an interesting blend in terms of marketing.  It is not obvious from the name but this is made by Arran, who I think make wonderful single malts, the 14 year old being one of my top malts.  Because of this I was keen to try the Robert Burns Blend.  I can see how this would reach those that are not familiar with whisky and probably sell in high numbers to tourists but I think they are missing a trick by not making it more obvious that this is from Arran.  There is a single malt of the same name so I guess Arran have both basis covered.  This blend will cost you around £20 and you probably won’t find it in spirit stores so you would need to get it online.


Whisky: Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Metallic, vegetal, varnish, barley sugar, green apples, banana

Taste: Kiwi, sea salt, pineapple, barley sugar, sour lemon rind, vegetal, earth

Finish: Very short, light citrus rind, sour vegetal note, earth

Score: 2.25

Summary: The Arran influence is definitely there with that coastal and tropical characteristic.  Let’s say it’s Arran light with some grain.  There is the metallic and vegetal note that you would expect with budget spirits but in addition to that there is a note of varnish that I picked up.  Not exhibiting the high quality standards of the core Arran range.  I can overlook this though, not just because of the price but because of the wonderful tropical and coastal notes that I got on the nose and which also translated onto the taste.  I have lost count of the amount of times I have tried a whisky that promises so much on the nose but then fails to deliver on taste.  This delivers on taste.  The finish is very short and ends on a sour note which is also quite drying but overall this is decent stuff at £20.



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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