Review: Grand Macnish Black Edition Blended Scotch


That weirdly dimpled bottle belongs to Grand Macnish, a venerable — but seldom seen in the States — brand of blended Scotch whisky that hails from Glasgow. Several expressions are produced, with this newly released “Black Edition” being a non-age-statement spirit that is aged in double-charred bourbon barrels.

A little brutish on the nose, it offers a punch of raw alcohol notes, followed by a modestly malty, grainy, and lightly peaty character that builds as you breathe deeply. On the palate, both of these elements are present in ample proportions, complemented by sawdust and some honey character, the latter mostly evident on the back end. The finish isn’t entirely appealing, with a somewhat raw and tough character that comes across as a bit weedy and overbearing. Some smoky elements eventually emerge, particularly as the whisky gets some air into it. On the whole, though, there’s just not much to see here except a standard, almost workmanlike example of a basic blended whisky.

80 proof.

C+ / $25 /

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4 Responses

  1. John S. Steidler February 28, 2015 / 6:03 am

    Looks like another great tasting whiskey to mix with various ingredients. Of course, whiskey is great straight and a good cure for the common cold. I like whiskey with cinnamon mixed in and then add seven up or coke and you have a great drink.

  2. Austin, TX February 28, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    John, I can’t take it anymore. Stop. You’re killing me man. Too funny.

  3. ArcAngelMD March 1, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Thank you second poster. I thought he was serious. Too bad this is not a cork top. Might be worth giving this to guests (you don’t want returning) in order to have the bottle for displaying infusions (to the guests you do) :)

  4. Johnny B October 29, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    I just popped open a bottle of this and I kind of like it, has a nice peat and it is not very sweet. Reminds me a bit of Buchanan’s but a bit lighter, I would recommend this one. Better than Dewars which might not be saying much but its pleasant to drink straight with a little ice.

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