September 2012 Archives
Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whisky is a new arrival to the LCBO. Blended by the legendary Richard Paterson, we have been looking forward for some time to sample creations other than his Glasgow Special. This whisky is aged stated at an unusual five years old and advertised as being "as soft and smooth as a pig's nose". This is supposedly due to the specially selected Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts that go into the product.
Nose: Grapefruit with candied ginger and a slight sour cherry. True to its name, this whisky has a very smooth nose, which although recognizable as a blend, lacks the sourness normally associated with grain alcohol.
Produced by Angus Dundee Distiller's PLC, Glen Parker is labelled as a Speyside Single Malt. Bottled at 40% A.B.V. with no age statement and no distillery of origin on the label, Glen Parker appears to be a mystery malt. Since no distillery by the name of Glen Parker exists, I undertook a quick search of Angus Dundee's distillery holdings. If Glen Parker is in fact from one of the distilleries they own, then it may be from Tomintoul or possibly, Glencadam. However, if they are calling it a Speyside malt, and it originates from their holdings, my guess is the former over the latter.
Despite the intentionally vague packaging, I was won over by the prospect of a single malt whisky for under $40 in the LCBO.
Full disclosure: I've got a soft spot for new blended whiskies on the LCBO shelves and an interest in novel cask finishes. It should then come as no surprise that my eye was caught by the words: "Unchillfiltered" and "Rum Finish" in bold red lettering on Praban na Linne's Mac Na Mara Rum Finish. This blended whisky was first matured in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in Guyanese rum casks and is bottled at 40% ABV.