Just because something is NAS, doesn't mean it's bad. Try Ardbeg Uigeadail, Glen Scotia Victoriana, Arran Sherry Cask etc and then say NAS are all rubbish... However, having said that, this is pretty damned bad (lol) Is drinkable if you do keep it in the freezer but you shouldn't need to. It's stuff like this that gave NAS a bad name. It's a shame as the original Dalwhinnie 15 is probably the first single malt I tasted and really liked.
Yes, even for £25 it isn’t worth it. Another NAS release, not a great drink
Standard price and not worth half that
Got some for less last year. It's okay with ice but not great without. I've had better blended to be honest.
"Gold" marketing BS to sell NAS and make you forget whisky drinkers are getting robbed by distilleries making us pay the same for a 3-5 YO as the 10-12 YO we used to get Dalwhinnie, Cardhu, Mccallan and all the rest that put turnover/revenue over quality (poo)
Totally agree with you they should at least sell on par with the resellers crazy.
Ordered diolch iachi dda!
They make it a few miles away from me. It's lovely but I'd like it to be cheaper when you go to their actual works to buy it. Everything should be cheaper when bought at source at the moment. Shopping local should be cheaper or better quality. If it isn't then there's no incentive to support local business vs huge global dinosaurs. The fact that I can get this delivered for £10 but it's £16 plus diesel cost if I drive 5 miles and back to buy it from the actual place it's made is bonkers.
Got it last time it was posted here. Really nice.
Thanks OP, ordered.
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Bought 2 bottles for £36 using clubcard rewards + £6 off for £40 spend week 1 voucher.
Just got myself a bottle, can’t wait to try
Surely this is £12 a bottle? Oh no my mistake. That was 1995 when I discovered the joy of single malt through Sainsburys Christmas magazine. :D This is still one of my favourites and a perfect introduction IMHO.
Non peaty and sweet/fruity ... It's very nice 8)
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I enjoyed a bottle of this with my father in law over the Christmas before last & we were both impressed. It’s a bit young, but that’s to be expected. A solid English whisky 😁
Have read mixed reviews of this, but personally I find it thoroughly enjoyable. Maybe the nose promises a bit more than the taste can deliver.
I bought this for my partner as I lived near there for years and wanted to get something from the area. We both thought it was awful, wasn't much better than Bells. Their gin is nice though. Did we get a bad batch?
its a nice whisky and well worth £30 imo
This would go nice with a chunk of Alex James cheese while watching Clarkson's Farm.
Not a patch on Ardbeg or Laphroaig, I found it much too sweet and cloying.
Well, I'm a fan of the Lidl stuff (although they could have kept the 18 year old one in the barrel at £40) but have yet to track down the Aldi islay after it won that award the other day. I think your being a tad harsh at a nearly £20 price point, but I take your point, you do expect something super smokey, and really only end up with a "black" (Grouse/JW) type blend.
Having sampled the Aldi and Lidl offerings, I’d say they were actually better than this. Sorry, just not a Smokehead fan. Feels a bit like a gimmick in terms of branding. I still think it’s overpriced for £25.
So, similar to those Aldi and Lidl islay bottles, but with silly skull branding?
It’ll be one of the distilleries on Islay, but it is non age statement.
If you are specifically looking for Macallan Sherry Oak this is a good price, but I have to echo the other comments that there are other sherry forward Speysides that provide far better value for money. Glendronach, Benromach, some BenRiachs.
Well, all I can say is Macallans marketing has paid off, enjoy.
finally someone with a bit of knowledge and nuance rather than "strong good, weak bad" ... anyway Id have to disagree with your first point that there is no dispute that chill filtering is detrimental. Theres lots of studies but perhaps below is the most interesting. https://www.whisky.com/information/knowledge/science/study-on-the-chill-filtration-of-scotch-single-malt-whiskies.html not only could the supposed "experts" not pick out the non chill filtered whisky's , they also rated them on average the same as chill filtered. Dare I suggest the "chill filtered bad" advocates might perhaps be victims of the other end of the marketing band wagon that Macallan are driving? either way I dont think its an open & shut question. Perhaps mercedes with a turbo charger but a Diesel engine (lol) indeed, and special brew is better than a moretti and white lightning is better than a magners because they water down their drinks!
You have a habit of continually missing the point. £60 is premium for a 12 year old whisky. It's not just abv, they are adding water to a product so reducing the taste, quality and ABV and enhancing their profit.
Of course taste is subjective but there is no dispute that chill filtering a whisky to bottle it uncloudy at 40% is a detrimental process. So there is a link indirectly with ABV and quality around the 40-43-46% mark, this very whisky would be a superior product non-chill filtered at 46%, not just a stronger one. You could argue it would not be any better quality between 46% and cask strength for sure which is maybe your point, and maybe it's filtered vs non-filtered that folks are really on about rather than the ABV. This is your Mercedes with the turbo charger removed :)