THE FRANCO-SCOTS ALLIANCE of whisky
The Label 5 is a blended Scotch whisky, owned by a French company called La Martiniquaise. Malt Whisky Yearbook 2014 claimed it to be 10th overall in total whisky sales in 2012, with total of 28 million bottles shipped all over the world.
Surprisingly it has won awards as well. It won gold at 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. La Martiniquaise owns the distillery of Glen Moray in Elgin, Speyside. Malt from Glen Moray is also one of the main components in Label 5.
The malt does show in the nose and taste, giving this blend more quality. Couldn’t come up with any movie reference, so I’ll call this one the The Franco-Scots Alliance.
Nose: Slightly malty and fruity. Very light.
Taste: Creamy toffee with hints of crispy lemon and malty notes.
Finish: Dry oak with stingy but watery notes.
Balance: Overall a decent blended whisky but I’ve had better. Very light in every way, not as stingy as blends tend to be. The force of malt is strong.
Nose: 16 | Taste: 17 | Finish: 19 | Balance: 17
Overall score: 69
Distillery: Malt from Glen Moray is the main ingredient
Owner: La Martiniquaise (France)