Ambassador, 40%, bottled in the 1980s

A random old blend I picked up since I thought it would be a typical blend for the era. The slogan ‘Scotch at its lightest’ is a bit of a giveaway on how people liked their booze in the 1980s and I thought it would be interesting to taste it.

I tried it a few months ago when I took the bottle to Maltstock (where only one person drank a glass of it) and then I thought it was a very one dimensional ‘sal ammoniac’ flavour. It’s used in the Netherlands to flavour liquorice. It’s a very acquierd taste which I have never seem to have acquired. I thought to give it a whirl to see what it really is about.

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch Whisky

Ambassador Deluxe Scotch Whisky

Very light with scents of grain and a hint of chemicals, probabkly the sal ammoniac thingy (we call it salmiak). It does have a hidden layer of slight complexity and warmth. The complexity can also be read as: there is more than just the chemical bit.

Gentle and young, with a hint of cream. That salmiak thingy is back again too, with liquorice and I get the feeling some sherry casks are involved in this blend too. It does have some fruity flavours hidden around somewhere. Also vanilla, white pepper, but all very thin.

The finish isn’t too bad either, with creamy vanilla, summery and light with a hint of earthiness.

Well, what can I say. It’s not a bad whisky. It’s just very uninteresting, or at least on par with regular blends. I prefer this to JW red, but I prefer almost everything to that. Not a bad buy for about € 25 or so.

Is it that staple from the 1980s? Maybe, I think so but it is lighter than most blends from that era that I’ve tried. Still a pretty good representation.

Ambassador, 40%, bottled +/- 1985. Should be around € 30 in auctions.


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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