Dram Review: Pure Scot Virgin Oak 43

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Pure Scot Bottling・General Release]


Unpolished wood leads the nose perhaps as intended. Artificial vanilla, thick cream and popcorn with a hint of vegetative note. It grows quite leathery with insignificant traces of dirty smoke.

Palate & Finish:

Quite new make-y, green spirit covered with a thin brush of vanilla and pepper. The oak fare somewhat lustreless.

Just slightly smoky on the back end with some sweetness coming through.


It is perhaps naive to think that giving the stocks a finishing treatment will automatically transform them into a good blend..

In saying that, the Virgin Oak 43 is certainly more interesting than the ordinary Pure Scot, and again batches should improve in time..


Dram Review: Pure Scot

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2016-2018・Pure Scot Bottling・General Release]


A not quite coherent showcasing of barley porridge and wood spices with a wee citrus addition. The minerals give off an industrial vibe.

Palate & Finish:

The delivery feels diluted with watered down barley sugar, wood chips and a little pinch of vanilla. Hints of orange peels and mangos in the mix as well but certainly thinned down. A wee bitterness sips out along with unpolished grainy notes.

Brief finish.


I hope that Pure Scot will get re-branded quite dramatically once the casks the “new” Bladnoch had put down come of age, which should make things a little bit more interesting.