The first thing you’ll notice about the Lismore Single Malt is that there’s not an age stamp on it. By rule, a scotch has to be aged for a minimum of three years. Another rule for scotch is that an age stamp on the label cannot be older than the youngest scotch in the bottle. To make that a little more clear; you can buy a “10 year old” scotch that has 50 year old scotch in but since the youngest barrel used is a 10 year old barrel, that’s what the age stamp has to say. I say that to say this; just because Lismore Single Malt doesn’t have an age stamp doesn’t mean it’s a bottle of three year old whisky. I was unable to find confirmation of what aged barrels go into this bottling, but I will say this about Lismore Single Malt; it was one of the most pleasantly surprising scotches I’ve had in a very long time. You can buy a bottle for under $30 and yet you don’t get a rough, harsh whisky that turns people away. You get something delightful to drink, and I don’t just mean for the price point. Without further adieu, here’s what you need to know about the Lismore Single Malt.
The Lismore Single Malt has a very soft, light nose that gives off mild fragrances of honey and a little bit of grass. It doesn’t overpower the nostrils, which hints toward a lighter body. You really only get the aroma out of the glass and there’s very little off the cork.
This whisky is definitely not going to overpower your taste buds, but it has enough presence to pair well with food and possibly a mild cigar. There’s a very sweet taste that springs forth as you take a first sip. Lismore Single Malt is definitely a more mild bodied scotch, as its presence comes and goes rather quickly, but don’t let that lead you to believe it doesn’t have flavor. The sweet, light honey-esque tones fade into something a little more grassy as it fades. A quick drink of water is enough to reset the pallet, but that just makes enjoying the next drink of this easier. There’s a very small bit of spice in the flavor (that comes out especially well if you happen to drink this while eating, say Chicken Rotini Alfredo, which I did earlier today).
The only criticism I’d offer the Lismore Single Malt is that the finish doesn’t stay as long as I’d like, but that’s a personal preference and not really a flaw in the scotch. The flavors are consistent from start to finish on this one, which makes it an easy scotch for beginners. You know what you’re getting into from the first sip to the last.
If you’ve never gotten into scotch before and are looking for an affordable, palatable scotch that eases you into a wonderful genre of whisky; you should go buy a bottle of Lismore Single Malt. If you’re an experienced scotch drinker looking for something refreshingly different that you can enjoy with a mild cigar or light meal but enjoy equally on its own while trying to keep your cat away from your computer monitor because it thinks the cursor moving is something it should attack, you should buy a bottle of Lismore Single Malt. You don’t really need to have the cat issue, it’s just a struggle I was dealing with for that particular sentence. Seriously, though, there are some whiskies, vodkas, rums, etc that are good but their price point makes them seem something less than that. You get the opposite with Lismore Single Malt. You get a scotch in the most affordable price range that drinks as easily as a Speyside that’s two to three times more. Personally, I have ample friends that want to try scotch that I don’t want to share my Highland Park 18 year old with because of it’s price tag and knowing they likely won’t finish the glass. Lismore Single Malt allows those of us who already have an undying love of scotch to share with a clean conscience and simultaneously allows those who want to get into scotch a great step in the right direction without being too scared of spending money on something they may not like. Lismore Single Malt will definitely be a staple in my liquor cabinet going forward.