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Pig Nose Blended Scotch

$21.99

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7

Whisky Review: Pig Nose Blended Scotch

Tasting Notes:

About:
5-year blended scotch; 45% abv or 90 proof; $21.99.
Appearance:
Summer straw
Nose:
Mellow and soft, bananas foster and a hint of salt brine.
Palate:
Salt brine with a smokiness peaking through. There is some charred oak that gives way to the sweetness of raw sugar, and soft pine. The mouthfeel is watery and provides a little tingle to the palate. As the finish approaches, I found leather and maple syrup with a light body and medium hold. . Sending User Review 0 (0 votes) Buy A Bottle Share: XFacebookLinkedInEmail Drinks Aizome Island – Tropical Style Minor Cobbler Strawberry Rhubarb Julep Crimson & Clover Club Wynken, Blynken, & Nog Related Articles Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Bourbon / Reviews Charles Steele Charles Steele is a Portland area attorney, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. His legal education affords him an analytical approach to understanding whiskey and other aged spirits. Traditionally a legal writer, freelancing for The Whiskey Wash will prove a unique opportunity to flex his writing skills. Although he… More by Charles Steele Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Connect with on on LinkedIn About Advertise Subscribe Editorial Standards Privacy Policy Terms of Use
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This is a very approachable blended scotch whisky. It has a lot of fun, albeit simple, components that work reasonably well enough together. Nothing about the whisky was overly complex and I could see this working well in a cocktail with a strong backbone. This company also manages Monkey Shoulder, which is an old standard for cocktails that need a blended scotch, but I’d offer this might be an even easier mixing Scotch if Monkey Shoulder is too robust for your palate.

Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs. 

As smooth as a pig’s nose.” I cannot attest to having ever heard that phrase prior to picking up this bottle. I have visited a petting zoo or two in my time, and not once have I had the inclination to assess the relative smoothness of a pig’s nose. I will take it on faith it is smooth.

Pig’s Nose is a blended Scotch whisky from Ian Macleod Distillers, who owns a variable stable or pen, of Scotch whisky brands. They have single malts as well as blended labels as part of their portfolio. If you have plenty of single malt distilleries, the ability to have blended Scotch labels does seem easier.

Pig’s Nose is a blend of Lowland, Highland, and Speyside Scotches. The blended whisky is than aged in predominately ex-bourbon, white oak casks, with some barrels being first fill. I was unable to confirm much beyond that in my research. There are some who allege it is around 5-years old, but outside of that speculation I was unable to definitely find that information.

The brand provided a couple cocktail recipes in the spirit of the spooky season.

Blushing Pig

Pour the following into a shaker:

  • 25 ml blood orange juice (no actual blood required!)
  • 25 ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 25 ml Cherry Liquor
  • 25 ml Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch Whiskey

Shake, then strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with an orange twist soaked in high strength rum.

The Hogsfather 

On an ice block in a straight sided tumbler glass, add:

  • 50 ml Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • 25-50 ml Ameretto

Stir, then garnish with an orange twist and almond crumb around half the rim of the glass.

I don’t know how those relate to Halloween or Scotch, but if you want something to do with your Scotch, there you have it. It’s possible the whisky is better suited to cocktails. The distillery provided tasting notes are a nose of firm and rich orange peel, toffee and luscious, creamy round tones with a taste that is gentle and sweet with a touch of spice, and slightly coastal.

Every whisky should fill a roll – it should answer someone’s call. There is a place for ultra-high end Scotch and there is a need for cheap bourbon. Whether you’re making a cocktail, having a cigar with friends, or you need a night cap, it should have a place where it excels. Pig Nose is in a crowded field when it comes to cheap accessible and non-distinctive blended Scotch. The tasting notes did not provide much hope this bottle will provide something different from other blended scotches in the field. With that, we turn t the glass.

Pig Nose Blended Scotch review
We review Pig Nose Blended Scotch, a blend of Lowland, Highland, and Speyside Scotches that’s aged in predominantly ex-bourbon, white oak casks, with some barrels being first fill. (image via Ian Macleod Distillers)

Tasting Notes: Pig Nose Blended Scotch

Vital Stats: 5-year blended scotch; 45% abv or 90 proof; $21.99.

Appearance: Summer straw

Nose: Mellow and soft, bananas foster and a hint of salt brine.

Taste: Salt brine with a smokiness peaking through. There is some charred oak that gives way to the sweetness of raw sugar, and soft pine. The mouthfeel is watery and provides a little tingle to the palate. As the finish approaches, I found leather and maple syrup with a light body and medium hold.

Charles Steele

Charles Steele is a Portland area attorney, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. His legal education affords him an analytical approach to understanding whiskey and other aged spirits. Traditionally a legal writer, freelancing for The Whiskey Wash will prove a unique opportunity to flex his writing skills. Although he prefers whiskey and whiskey based cocktails, he has a profound affection for all unique and strange liquors from Malort to Ojen, if it's odd he wants it.

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