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Inver House Green Plaid Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
"...one of the best young blends around; very old fashioned and a real cracker. " - Jim Murray
Founded in 1964, Inver House Distillers operate lesser known single malt distilleries like Balblair, Balmenach, Knockdhu, Pulteney and Speyburn. Since been taken over by Thai-based drinks giant, ThaiBev, several longstanding brands have dropped off the portfolio. 'Green Plaid' is a very old label that deserves a longer life. This refreshing and youthful whisky has a lightness and a style reminiscent of the entry level Cutty Sark blends - with a touch of smoke for good measure.
Tasting notes: Medium to light gold in colour. Opens borderline neutral developing moderately fragrant, clean, grainy accents including vanilla, toasted cereals and frail peat. Entry is light, medium-sweet gaining malt input, subdued fruitiness and budding spices through the middle stages. Ends crisp, vibrant, medium long with an attractive combination of cereals, toffee apple and trace lanolin. If you enjoy Ballantines or J&B, you should find pleasant similarities here. 40% alc./vol.
Other reviews... Soft strains of Bowmore-style young peat.... remains youthful, and the smoke is still there, but the overall complexity as the crisp grains enter is worth a fanfare; more kindergarten smoke as the barley remains fresh and mouthwatering. Has kept true to style but is now one of the best young blends around; very old fashioned and a real cracker. 90 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
'Plaid' is the traditional Scottish name for the heavy woollen tartan material used to make the famous kilt. It's thought that Green Plaid was worn by the first Lord of the Isles, a 12th Century Viking Warrior called Somerled. The tartan design was later incorporated into the Inver House whisky labels.