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Saturday 7 February 2015

Co-op Highland Single Malt Whisky 12yo

An unassumingly packaged Highland single malt from The Co-op that outperforms

The packaging for this Co-op whisky is, let's be honest, a little underwhelming - the box is reasonably smart, but the bottle looks a little perfunctory for something costing over £20.

But don't be fooled because the contents are very impressive; in practice, it means that more of your money is going on the liquid itself which makes for better value.

If eight years' aging is generally considered the entry level for whisky, going up to twelve gives noticeably more concentration and finesse.

A golden, mahogany toffee colour, it has a complex nose of citrus, sandalwood and roasted spices; cooked mixed fruit, pastry shop, sweet vanilla and complex dark sherry flavours. Warming, assertive and persistent.

Good value and Very Good.

Match with haggis, dark chocolate and espresso and a crackling log fire - in that order.

£22.99 from The co-op; provided for review.

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