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!

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!

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.

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


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. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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