Review: The Fat Trout Blended Scotch Whisky

Review: The Fat Trout Blended Scotch Whisky

the fat troutThe Fat Trout is a blend from the Speyside that’s produced by the world renowned Ian Macleod Distillers. A “standard 3 year old” blend, the whisky is comprised of approximately 30 different single malts, mostly from the Spey region, but also from Islay and the Highlands.

There is also a huge fish on the label of this, “the sportsmans choice.”

There’s lots of grain on the nose, as expected, but things are balanced with not insubstantial sherried orange notes. A fair amount of alcoholic heat makes things indistinct, however, at least until the Trout has had substantial air time.

The body is more interesting than expected, the cereal notes becoming more balanced here with some marshmallow, caramel, and gentle chocolate character. A sugared orange slice character takes hold — surprisingly strongly — on the finish, almost to the detriment of some of the other notes in the whisky. Initially brash and rustic, the palate of The Fat Trout also improves with some air time, but it never really elevates beyond a basic blended experience.

80 proof.

C+ / $23

The Fat Trout Blended Scotch Whisky




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Dwayne on May 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Sounds good. Looking for at for a good scotch, but it seems to disappear pretty quickly at times. I prefer single malt, but I’ve had some really tasty blended whisky.

    • Handsome Hunter on October 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I just bought a bottle of Fat Trout. I loved it. I’m looking for more. I found it to be a great table Scotch, and frankly at $13 bucks on sale in Denver, it was a steal. Loved the big hit of orange after air. Next time I need a larger 1.75 bottle!
      Did I say it was a very cool label. I’m sold !!!

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