McClelland's Single Malt Highland
McClelland's // Highlands, Scotland
T&A McClelland's was established in 1818 as a whisky blending and export company. Morrison Bowmore began producing this range of single malt whiskies in its memory, with each expression created to represent a different Scotch region with its classic characteristics. This one represents the Highlands region.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Highland Scotches tend to be rich, floral, pine foresty and slightly smoky (not peaty or rubbery, but more like a whiff of pipe tobacco or clove cigarette.) This one is a bit thin in weight than usual. It does have those pinecone and cedar notes, and what many whisky writers describe as "heather" (think the purple flowers in a dried potpourri). There is some toffee and caramel, but the floral scents overwhelm the golden fruits trying to elbow their way in on the palate. Definitely missing some heft. Finishes a little hot. Sipping this, can picture Grounds Keeper Willy from the Simpsons saying "Och!" in mild disappointment."