I’m a big fan of miniatures.
The opportunity to try out a range of styles – or in this case regions – before committing to a full bottle is always a treat.
Having said that. I’d already ruled out buying more supermarket own brand labels. They tend to be chill filtered with added caramel & whilst perfectly fine – they lack finesse.
But spotting these miniatures in my local Lidl.
I couldn’t pass them by.
Nosing the Speyside first – I choose to do Speyside – Highland – Islay starting from mildest to strongest flavours as recommended by many tasting journals – revealed a pleasant easy honeyed malt.
On a blind tasting this would sit well with any big label brand.
The palate was a bit watery & insignificant to begin with – common to all three malts – before a typical Speyside softly sweet & gentle flavour profile presented itself.
There was even a slight dry spice on the short finish.
Not bad at all.
The Highland gave a bit more malt biscuity depth to the proceedings.
The Islay – which was my favourite – offered a straight forward satisfying smoky hit.
Each gave a perfectly decent snapshot of the regional styles – perhaps lacking in depth & complexity – but nonetheless an extremely enjoyable way of discerning your palates preferences.
Nice one Lidl!
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Nice review, just to note a hat tip to the wrong German retailer there at the end!
Have a bottle of the Speyside, hard to fault for the price!
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Thanks for that Vince. Will change it right away.
Would Speyside be your favourite?
I’ve not tried the others yet, had intended on getting the Islay but changed my mind on the spot. I like a good peaty one, reckon I’ll give it a go, by the sounds of it it’s worth a pop for under €20!
Better still buy the miniatures & try all 3.
What’s left add together to make a blended malt.
Must say it’s an improvement over the individual elements.
More body & depth and a lovely soft peatiness throughout!
I’ve bought all three and have returned to the Highland for a 2nd bottle. The smoke on the Islay is really nice and I’d most probably buy that again too if I saw it. Nice reviews.
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