Monday, February 18, 2008

Malt Mission 2008 #251

The King of Scots
Blended Scotch Whisky
40% abv
***more info to come***

Yes, we have experienced 250 different drops on this Malt Mission, but the wonderful world of whisky remains a vast expanse awaiting further exploration and I am no less determined to stick my nose into whatever glass you hand me. "Thank you" to those companies that have supported this whisky blog by sending samples, info, and more. Thanks to retailers and others who have shared drops on various occasions. Thanks to friends for letting me steal minis of takeaway malt. Thank you Scotland. Thank you Aeneas Coffey. Thank you John Barleycorn. May it continue indefinitely.

A blend created in 1886 to start off this week, the regally named King of Scots. Not often seen on these shores, I picked this bottle up in Norway some months ago. It sits on Vinmonopolet shelves among other rarely seen blended treats like The Formidable Jock, Peter Dawson Special, Long John, Royal Castle, and Upper Ten.

Owned by family independent bottlers Douglas Laing and Co., the bottle reads: "Since 1886 the King of Scots Whisky has reigned supreme. Available until recently only in
Limited Quantities, we are now proud to extend our guarded supplies through our numbered edition." This was no. 27421.


Big grainy sweetness, with fresh apples, some sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. A slight prickle in the nose.

Creamy taste off the top with a warming sherry impression. Some fudge and licorice add slight accents, but this is straightforward and pleasant stuff.


A well rounded and expressive nose and a great, creamy grain mouthfeel. Pleasant, easy-drinking blended whisky without much more to be said.

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