What the hell Morrison Bowmore? This is one of the worst single malt scotches I have had and that surprises me because we know you have access to talented people and quality ingredients. The Bowmore Devil’s Casks is one of the most delicious whiskies I have had which makes this an even bigger disappointment. Maybe that’s why it’s listed as T & A McClelland Limited with no mention of Morrison Bowmore on the bottle. They’re embarrassed to be associated with something that tastes like this.
As it is there is no McClelland’s distillery and they are just a private bottler who gets single malts from Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Islay distilleries and then bottles them under their own label. The 1818 on the bottle refers to when T&A McClelland (a blending and export company) was founded. They were bought in the 70’s by Morrison Bowmore (who is owned by Suntory) and at least from what I’ve tasted here it seems like this is where they dump their lower quality single malts… at least the Lowland ones.
Overall I very strongly dislike this whisky. I can’t say I hate this whisky because that emotion is reserved for the abomination that is Bastille, but this is definitely on the lowest rungs of single malt ladder I’ve ever had. It’s not just that it tastes and smells like B.O. but that it also really lacks structure and any kind of identity beyond “stinky”. It’s wishy washy, watery and just overall not fun to drink.
If you’ve tried the McClelland’s Lowland Single Malt please let me know with your thoughts and tasting notes in the comments below
McClelland’s Lowland Single Malt Review
Distiller: Morrison Bowmore
Body odor*. I’m not joking. Body odor is the first thing I smell drifting out of this bottle. Underneath the eau de hippie is a mild malt, light caramel, some imitation vanilla and stagnant tidal pools. There is a thread of rotting veg, like when a bag of salad is left in the back of your fridge, running through the whole thing.
I can taste the body odor. It’s quite unpleasant. There is a bit of malt, honey, and a very ambiguous floral fruity flavor that is paired with sour milk. It’s just truly terrible stuff.
Weirdly hot. So rough that all it does is enhance the unbalanced terrible nature of this whisky.
It is a mercifully short finish filled with B.O. and a strangely out of place malt, honey and a hint of wood.
*Note: Everyone else I’ve had try this has said it was “stinky”. When I said I smelled body odor one guy looked up and said “Oh good. I wanted to say that, but was worried it was me”. When given to my wife she asked why my whisky smelled like a gym and handed it back without tasting.