Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch Whisky first came across our radar at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic. When you’re wandering around a tasting room, sampling spirit after spirit, certain things tend to stand out more than others. Like obscure hooch with a strange name. In this case: Pig’s Nose, a five year old whisky dating back to 1977 that, stateside, is a pretty uncommon dram.
Pig’s Nose is crafted by Richard Paterson, master blender extraordinaire who’s responsible for blending fine products like The Dalmore lineup. And he did a fine job with this one, too. Pig’s Nose pours a pale gold color in the glass. On the nose there’s a nice balance of barley malt, fruit and cereal. Drink up for a creamy sweetness tempered by a hint of smoke and spice, plus notes of pears and apples. The mouthfeel is lush and easy-going, with the kind of richness you don’t expect from such a young whisky. The medium-length finish begins with some salted caramel before moving to a dry and peppery end.
Overall, this is an easy-drinking whisky that belies its mere five years in barrel. It’s nothing special or particularly intricate, but it’s a testament to what can be accomplished by a skilled blender. Pig’s Nose is smooth from start to finish, and at about $30, it’s a solid everyday whisky to add to your arsenal.
– 40% ABV
CE Rating: ★★★