White Horse Scotch is a blended whisky from Edinburgh, named after a famous Edinburgh hostelry. The production was started by James Logan Mackie in 1861. The brand is nowadays owned by Diageo and Lagavulin is the base malt for this malt and grain blend. It contains approximately 40% malt whisky. In 2007 Whisky Bible, White Horse was named the “Blended Whisky of the Year” by Jim Murray.
White Horse is indeed, a very malty one. Lagavulin has done good things to it. Still, there is that robust blended whisky note, which doesn’t suit so well for me. So not as good as I expected. Fruity notes in a rough and occasionally stingy palate is just not “my cup of tea”. We are talking about too straight forward and robust Seabiscuit here.
Still, it has character. I can imagine people liking it because of the Lagavulin involvement. I know, as a fan of Lagavulin, I should. Too much grains in a blend just ruins it for me. Even though I did manage to get some of those malt aromas while using a whisky nosing glass.
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