Ainslie’s Royal Edinburgh Choice Scotch Whisky

That’s a mouth full! A miniature of a blended Scotch bottled in my year of birth. That’s the only reason I picked it up. Usually I’m not a big fan of blended Scotch and while that sounds very arrogant, it’s mostly because I find them overly complex and my palate is not sharp enough to pick up all the nuances. Especially since there aren’t many higher proof blends I find most of the flavours too gentle and subtle to make a proper guess to what it all is.

I have absolutely no clue to what Ainslie’s is in regards to other blends and blenders, but tasting notes can be made, of course!

Nose:
Ainslie's Royal Edinburgh Choice Scotch WhiskyVery gentle and smooth with quite a big dollop of sherry influence. A touch of oak, soft peaches, nectarines and apricots. Loads of flavour. Not too complex, but very good!

Taste:
It almost tastes like liqueur, with a gentleness like this. Quite a bit of honey and lots of yellow fruit. Some sweet cereal and those white-yellowish Caramac bars. Some cinnamon and maybe a slight hint of cloves.

Finish:
The finish is very simple again with just a huge amount of tropical yellow fruit. Quite short.

If you take a big sip you get some more spices like pepper and a bit more wood too. Otherwise it’s just very, very gentle overall. A very nice blend with lots of sherry influence. I think this one would support the point of old blends being better than quite a few single malts from today.

Fun Fact: This Royal Edinburgh whisky is from Glasgow.

Ainslie’s Royal Edinburgh Choice Scotch Whisky, 40%, 5cl, bottled on May 14th 1981

3 stars

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y and beer. I like to listen to loads of music and read an occasional book. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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