Producer: Haig Club. Distiller: undisclosed. ABV: 40%. No age statement. Price: $75 (though frequently discounted).
I’d been long intrigued by the Haig Club single grain whisky, more due to its near-Edinburgh location and stunning bottle than its David Beckham endorsement. The bottle reminds me of the mystery whisky had for me when I was young. It was something to be sipped slowly by important men who traveled in circles so rare even the air was different. I know better now, of course, but the bottle still had that primal pull for me.
The column distillation and grain bill were further incentive. At 10% barley and 90% wheat, the Haig Club promised something new. The aging process employs ex-bourbon barrels, rejuvenated whisky casks, and refill whisky casks.
The price, however, has always put me off. So when Mrs. McDram found it on deep, deep discount, I was intrigued. Which brings us to the review.
In general, I like it quite a bit. Butterscotch, honey, and pepper waft in on the nose, along with a metallic scent that I actually found quite pleasing. The nose is a good indication as to what the palate brings: pepper for sure, along with butterscotch and oat. The finish is quiet: a dry bed at the end of a mildly tumultuous ride.
So, yes, I liked it. But I liked it at the $35 that Mrs. McDram found it for. I’d even like it at $50. But there are so many stunning whiskies in the $75-$100 range, grain and malt, that I couldn’t recommend this at its listed price.
Cheers, friends! – TM