LOWLANDS

Lowlands malt whiskies tend to be drier and lighter than those from the Highlands, and make excellent aperitifs. They use lightly seated malt, which lends a subtle sweetness.

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haig club 40% alc. vol. 

A light and sweet grain whisky, Haig Club is aimed at drinkers who have yet to be won over by whisky’s charms. Named after John Haig, the founder of Cameronbridge distillery (where the whisky is made), Haig Club is superb over ice, in long drinks or in short cocktails – it’s an easy-drinking dram that will win anyone over.

 

Nose: It doesn't jump out at you, granted, but there's more here than meets the eye (/nose). Apple crumble, expressed lemon peel and a touch of mango. Millionaire's shortbread, banoffee pie, coconut milk, dried grass, orange Turkish delight and cardamom.

Palate: Toffee and vanilla with pleasant supporting oak notes. Fresh banana (neither overpowering nor artificial), a hint of nougat and honeycomb pieces.

Finish: Praline, cinnamon and a little ginger with perhaps a hint of cardamom returning right at the death.

Overall: Approachable, adaptable, good mouthfeel. A hugely accessible whisky with tasty spice, toffee and increasingly some tropical fruit notes too.