‘Product of Scotland, Premium Blend, Extra Special Scotch Whisky, Quality Guaranteed, 100% Scotch Whisky’…This must be good.
At €8.99 Glen Hood is about the cheapest whisky money can buy, and I have to admit that I’m a bit predjudiced when it comes to really cheap whisky. There’s just so much really bad stuff around, that I make sure I have the lowest of expectations, so I won’t be dissapointed.
On first nosing: Alcohol, sterilizing alcohol and lens tissues. After getting used to the sting there’s butter candy, salted caramel, burnt toast and grainyness. There’s also a clear note from sherrycasks in there. Not unpleasant, but it in the end, the smell of raw alcohol dominates everything, which makes it taste really cheap. On the mouth it’s more of the same, with a short, bitter-sweet finish, and a hot alcoholnip towards the end.
This is the stuff that you put in your cola in preparation of a rowdy night out with your friends: it’s cheap, not too obnoxious, and it’s 40% abv.