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MacNair's tweettasting

A few weeks ago a new tweettasting was announced by Steve Rush on Twitter. The date was set on the 13th of february. This tasting has given me the opportunity to taste some blended malt whiskies I didn't know existed. Knowing that Billy Walker is the man behind these bottlings gave me a lot of confidence about the quality I could expect. We're tasting three samples of MacNair's Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. 

"Lang may yer lum reek" or "Long may you chimney smoke" is the phrase that gives the blended malt samples the name Lum Reek. It's the best way to wish someone a long and healthy life.

The MacNair's Lum Reek Peated, 12yo and 21yo were to be reviewed. All of them are created with peated Islay and Speyside malts married together with older GlenAllachie whisky. Bottled at an ABV of 46% or higher, no chill filtration is used. The whiskies were bottled with their natural colour as well. This should be nice!

The Peated. For this bottling whiskies matured in first fill bourbon casks, Oloroso sherry casks, virgin oak casks and red wine casks were selected. The spirit was first matured at the GlenAllachie distillery before Billy Walker blended the final cask vatting.

  • Nose: Subtle peatsmoke. Some meaty notes, smoked bacon. A bit grassy as well. Later some sweet cereal notes appear.
  • Taste: Sweet and peaty. A touch of spice on the tongue followed by vanilla and again some sweet cereals.
  • Finish: Nice length. The sweet and smoky notes are quite lasting. 

Despite being a No Age Statement whisky this one doesn't seem to be too young. A very drinkable blended malt whisky!

The Peated 12yo. A combination of whiskies from first fill bourbon casks, red wine casks and Pedro Ximinez sherry casks were selected for this expression.

  • Nose: Sweet citrus with just a hint of smoke. Creamy caramel cappuccino. Very friendly!
  • Taste: A bit more of the peat here than on the nose. Mainly sweet notes though, some mint too. Caramel, toffee, white chocolate.
  • Finish: Medium length, seems to be shorter than the finish on the NAS. Again the sweet notes remain here.

Tasty and affordable. Even non peat-heads might like this whisky.

The Peated 21yo. Oloroso sherry casks, virgin oak casks and red wine casks were used to recreate an ancient style of peated whisky. 

  • Nose: A bit waxy with some leather and tobacco notes, a touch of fresh mint too. Just a hint of peatsmoke completes this old style nose.
  • Taste: Dark and mysterious. Vanilla, caramel and cocoa, but also some tobacco and leather. Again sweet and very subtle on the peat.
  • Finish: Cocoa and tobacco in a long and lasting finish.

This is a very nice expression! Well matured and very well selected!

I would like to thank Steve Rush for making this tweettasting possible. It's great to discuss these samples with other enthousiasts.


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