The Woodsman

The Woodsman

I decided to give another blend a go, this was a bit more expensive than Johnnie Walker Red, but was reduced in the supermarket from £28 to £18. It’s another case of a quite nice whisky, very drinkable but doesn’t do anything to set the world alight unfortunately. Worth trying at £18, not worth £28, I think it’s another of those whiskies that is often on special offer somewhere.


Not too much burn, very mellow, smooth, quite sweet, quite drinkable, hints of vanilla, pear, and well, not much else.


I tried it with a mixer, and there’s no distinguishable flavour to really come out, so just a bit of a waste, better off neat.


So, in short, another NAS (no age statement) run of the mill blended whisky.

The Woodsman

Tesco Finest 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Like the Speyside I reviewed a while ago, this retails for £25, and now and again drops to £20. Like the Speyside, it’s been crafted by Master Blender, Richard Paterson, it’s excellent value for money, a fine whisky. It’s quite sweet, smooth, but probably slightly harsher than the Speyside.

I prefer the Speyside, I like the sweet honeyness of it, I can’t really put my finger on the flavours here, perhaps more caramel and fruit, not a bad thing necessarily, just an observation. I’ve seen other comments on the internet people comparing the two, saying they prefer the Highland to the Speyside, they’re both very good, worth buying, at full price and definitely so when reduced.

I guess these are both good “beginner’s” whiskies. They’re not too complicated, not peaty, nothing overpowering, so good while you’re beginning your journey, and still finding your feet, but maybe the whisky conoisseur would find them a bit too tame, there’s nothing to get too excited about.

Tesco Finest 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Cardhu Gold Reserve

This is definitely one of the better NAS whiskies I’ve had, it’s very nice. Very sweet and smooth, honey-like, with pleasant burn and aftertaste as it goes down, just right for a sore throat 🙂
It’s very nice and drinkable, could quite happily sip it all evening, neat, or with a dash of water or an ice cube to make it last a little longer!
The honey may make it a bit too sweet and overpowering for some, but I would happily buy this again. However as often is the case with my whisky purchases, I paid £25 in the supermarket, not the £42 RRP, it’s the £25 I’d happily again, I don’t think I’d pay much more than that.
One day I’ll treat myself, probably in a pub, rather than to a whole bottle, just in case, to a more expensive whisky to see if I can taste the difference.
Cardhu Gold Reserve