I must admit that I did not know much about Scottish Leader when I got this. I picked it up from a major supermarket and I have noticed that it is not stocked all year round, which makes me think that this is not mass produced (not likely) or that it is largely being shipped out to markets abroad (more likely). This is what some would refer to as a bottom shelf whisky, as you will need to look at the bottom few shelves to find this and it will priced at the lower end of pricing spectrum.
Whisky: Scottish Leader Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.
Nose: Tropical fruit, fruit salad candy, dried fruits, buttery, cinnamon, pepper, smoke
Taste: Tropical fruit, fruit salad candy, butterscotch, pepper, smoke
Finish: Pepper and smoke
Summary: This one really surprised me a lot. For a low budget blend this has some complexity to it. There’s a lot of fruitiness to this and I really enjoyed the tropical characteristics. The smoke gently sits in the background to add more depth. I happily had this neat but also found it to work well in a mixer. There is some alcohol heat to this which I could tolerate and overlook due to the nice balance of fruit and smoke. It’s a great feeling when you take a punt on a bottle which exceeds your expectations.
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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