Like I always tell before judging a dram from the blended whisky category, I am not a fan of malt and grain whisky blends. And that’s what Lauder’s Blended Scotch is, so my palate is biased towards other whisky styles, such as malt, rye or pure pot still whiskies.
Lauder’s brand is owned by international Scotch whisky blender, MacDuff International. Their brands include Grand Macnish and Islay Mist blended whiskies. Latter being one of my favorite blends, Islay Mist Deluxe is quite enjoyable and Islay Mist 12 year old is actually pretty good.
Quite soon after distilling of whisky was made legal in 1815, the original blend was developed by Archibald Lauder during 1835, in Glasgow, Scotland. It even won several gold medals in international competitions which are marked in the bottle still be seen today on the
Lauder’s is a blend of unknown Highland, Lowland and Speyside malts and grain whiskies. Aged in Ex-Bourbon oak casks.
For Lauder’s credit I must say, this is quite a character. Surprisingly strong, especially in aftertaste which usually is the Achilles heel of blended whiskies. Too bad I just didn’t find the palate enjoyable.
Lauder’s, like most blends, has been marketed as very smooth blended whisky. I don’t think it’s smooth. And I say this in a good way. I always love finding big characters, even harsh whiskies as long as they have taste. Too bad Lauder’s Blended Scotch just couldn’t fit into my palate.