Clan MacGregor 36 Months (40%, Imported, Blended Scotch Whisky, +/- 2009) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note
Clan MacGregor 36 Months (40%, Imported, Blended Scotch Whisky, +/- 2009)
Clan MacGregor, one of the world’s fastest growing major Scotch whisky brands, is enjoyed in over 60 countries around the world, from the USA to Venezuela and the Middle East to Thailand. It is a reassuringly high quality yet affordable Scotch whisky, proudly carrying the Clan MacGregor badge and motto, and with his kind permission, the personal crest of the 24th Clan Chief, Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor.
The Clan traces its ancestry and takes its name from Gregor, third son of Alpin, King of Scotland in the last part of the eighth century. This royal lineage gives rise to the Clan motto of ‘Royal is my Race’. The Clan MacGregor underwent centuries of persecution and turmoil, with their lands being confiscated and the very name MacGregor being outlawed. But they were brave and resilient, and eventually all of their rights and privileges were restored.
The Clan badge, a crowned Lion’s head on a wreath, encircled with a belt and buckle, signifies the unity and loyalty of the Clan. By using their badge on both bottle and label, Clan MacGregor Scotch Whisky honours the heritage of this strong ancient Clan.
Clan MacGregor is skillfully blended from a selection of Scotland’s finest malt and grain whiskies. It has hints of fruitiness and Speyside malts. It is a high quality, light and fragrant whisky with a well-balanced, smooth, mellow taste that resonates with modern whisky drinkers across the world.
The nose sweet and spicy and actually has the familiar aromas one normally associates with scotch whisky. Naturally it noses as quite young however it is actually pleasant, lively and vibrant (this is a pleasant surprise). There is not however any real hints of malt. The taste is smooth, sweet and spicy (just like the aroma) along with some vague hints of tobacco and leather and then some really nice sweetness one often associates with grain (as opposed to malt) whisky. This is actually nice (but not great). The finish is sweet, very ‘grainy’ along with some spice and some mild fruit. The finish is also quite long and reflects the previously commented characteristics. The finish actually improves with time and doesn’t degrade over time which is a surprise…..
This is actually a pleasant dram and drinkable and by far the most pleasant of the three whiskies reviewed this week. Quite a surprise for 36 months…
Score 76 points
And thus $11.99 36 month old scotch whisky concludes…..