In a nutshell: An unusual but excellent example of blended Scotch.
The lowdown: This is a blend of a dozen 12 year old single malts that include Glenfarclas, Isle of Skye and Tamdhu, we're given to understand although the exact blend is kept a secret. The focus on the number 12 here represent the number of years Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. With regards the whisky itself we were quite awed; it's smooth and soft with a real delicate and complex palate. It has tocujes of soft orchard fruits with toffee hints and subtle wisps of peat smoke making it very complex and intriguing.
Altogether it's very drinkable, very well put together and impressive. Well worth trying.
Mary Queen of Scots Enterprises was set up Kinross businessman Graham Hadley to promote the local area which include Loch Leven Castle where Mary was imprisoned for twelve years. In addition to their whisky they also market a range other Mary Queen of Scots themed good, so they're not a typical drinks company.
Notwithstanding this, we considered their whisky, which has been blended at the highly respected Ian Macleod Distillers, a cracking example of good blended Scotch and worthy of a place on our shelves.