Lunar Rogue Pub, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
We landed at the Lunar Rogue Pub and reached for the whisky menu. Frank, the owner, is a scotch nut, and has about 250 whiskies on hand in the bar. He sat down with us and we stared at the menu. Decisions. I suggested Famous Grouse 18 years, a vatted malt (blend of single malts only). No objection from George.
Famous Grouse 18 years Blended Malt
I have been staring at this bottle for a while in the liquor store, but unable to pull the trigger and buy it because of the price. In the back of my mind, I am wondering, is it worth it. It is at a price point where I can buy a few 12 to 15 year old single malts that I know to be great. So naturally, when the Lunar Rogue afforded me the opportunity to sample for about $7 a dram, I was sold.
As I mentioned above, the Famous Grouse 18 years is a blend of single malts. No grain whisky here, and it shows. A lovely blend of Macallan and Highland Park single malt whiskies. The flavor is dark red fruits, excellent sherry of the Macallan and some spice and heather contributed by Highland Park. A fine whisky. There is some complexity of flavors and the sherry flavors are intense, but not over the top. I recommend this one. If you can get it on sale, it is definitely a bargain. It outshines pretty much all 12 year old single malts I know.
Clynelish 14 years Single Malt Scotch
From the first sniff of the glass, we knew this was something special. A nose of honey and melted caramel with citrus elements. A tiny sip was entry to a sweet, aromatic, honey & a finely sherried, tropical fruit infused, delicate, heathered whisky. It is spiced brown sugar and has a white cake bread element to it that is immensely pleasing. Medium body that has a long, drying finish leaves the drinker satisfied with a whiff of smoke that tingles the nose and sherry lingering on the palate. There is a waxiness to the mouthfeel of this single malt that is a rarity today.
George and I were really impressed with the Clynelish. It outshined the Famous Grouse, and the Grouse was a good dram. The price point for Clynelish 14 is reasonable.
The conversation quickly turned to how can we buy a bottle or two of the Clynelish, as it is not sold where we live.
Frank reminded us that a Distiller's Edition of the Clynelish will be sold at an upcoming whisky festival in our town (Fredericton, New Brunswick). It will be a definite buy for all of us!
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