Dram Review: Pure Scot Virgin Oak 43

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

Nose:

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.

Thoughts:

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..

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Pure Scot

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

Nose:

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.

Thoughts:

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.

Nicholas