Black Velvet Reserve 8 year old is a strange whisky from Canada. It reminds me of the movie Blue Velvet by David Lynch. Offering few nice bits of entertainment but mainly being just annoying.
All the aromas seem to balance between good and bad. Including a decent taste and a finish way too grainy and blended. Like a Lynch production, this whisky leaves me confused. And this time the confusion is bad. Well, better to be confused than angry, right? It’s still whisky, so I will drink the whole bottle.
Nose: Stingy liquor and rectified spirit effects are present. With time it gets lighter, offering some fruits. Lemon is the most dominant. After the citrus fruits, the nose fades away quickly, ending up almost completely scentless.
Taste: Mellow, yet peppery. Along with fruits and grains, gives heat very much.
Finish: very fast with oak and peppers. Too much of a blended grain finish = watery and uncharacteristic almost right away.
Balance: I guess it’s a decent blended whisky, when compared to other cheap blends. Still, nowhere near the top blended whiskies.
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: 14 | Taste: 16 | Finish: 13 | Balance: 15
Overall score: 58
Actually the regular Black Velvet is a little bit better, than the 8 year old Reserve. Still, a very modest impression from Constellation Brands. I think it’s much smoother, than the 8 year old, although they claim it to be other way around.
Nose: Floral notes like jasmine fade away quickly and give room to stingy liquor and grain feel.
Taste: Smooth and light, very hard to detect flavors. Fruity with caramel and hints of toffee.
Finish: Fast but not furious, little bit of spicy heat combined with dry oak.
Balance: Quick and smooth in every step.
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: 15 | Taste: 16 | Finish: 14 | Balance: 15
Overall score: 60
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