Glen Talloch 8 Years Review

Country: Scotland 
Brand: Glen Talloch 
Type: Blended Scotch Malt Whisky (Vatted Malt)
Age: 8 Years
ABV: 40 %
Date: 05/01/2013

Colour: Golden Amber

Nose: Soft and Rather Restrained but not Unpleasant. Nothing is really standing out. I find Light Refill Oak, Barley, Burnt Toast, Nut Shells, Raisins, Lemon Peel,  Cocoa, light Honey, light Wood Spice and Fruity Tones (Apricot/Peach). A very faint hint of Smoke. The Alcohol is not fully integrated.  

Palate: Watery Delivery with Sugared Cereals, slightly Bitter Oak, light Vanilla, light Honey, light Licorice, Cocoa, Herbs and Pepper.

Finish: Short and Sugary Sweet with Barley, light Vanilla, light Honey, slightly Bitter Oak, light Licorice, Wood Spice and Pepper.

No need to add Water to the Glen Talloch 8 years.

Rating: 76

Nose: 20.5 - Taste: 18.5 - Finish: 18- Overall: 19

General Remarks: The Glen Talloch 8 Years is a Blended Malt Whisky (Vatted Malt). It contains a/o Balblair, Knockdhu and Old Pulteney and probably also  Aberfeldy, Craigellachie and Speyburn. The Glen Talloch is quite popular in the Netherlands (Boomsma) where it's one of the best selling whiskies. There are two other expressions, the Rare & Old and the 12 Years Gold, both Blends of Malt - and Grain Whiskies. The Glen Talloch 8 years is not expensive at around 25 US Dollars.

Drinking Experience Neat: Below Average

Conclusion: The Glen Talloch 8 Years starts off well enough with a light, soft and not unpleasant Nose. But on the Palate and in the Finish things go wrong in my judgement. The delivery is very Watery and Sugared Cereals, Pepper and some slightly Bitter Wood take over from there on. In a blind tasting I would certainly believe the Nose to be of a young and light Single Malt. On the Palate and Finish however this tastes like a slightly better than average Blended Scotch Whisky. Given its affordable cost, the Price/Quality ratio is reasonable, but still I would not buy a full bottle of this Blended Malt.

Jan van den Ende                                                          January 2014

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