Sure this whiskey may possess a dubiously weird name that’s not very seductive for the purposes of putting to your lips. After all, isn’t a pig’s nose the furthest image you’d get when preparing to savor a fine tasting blended scotch whiskey? After sampling Pig’s Nose at this year’s Sun Wine Fest, I was permanently enchanted. Refreshingly soft and smooth, yet reassuringly rich… the whiskey’s name plays on the notion that it’s as smooth as a pig’s nose.
Richard Paterson, Scotland’s only third generation Master Blender at Spencerfield Spirit Company in a patch of idyllic farmland started distilling Pig’s Nose in selected first fill oak casks achieving remarkable smoothness. Oak-aged Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts are aged with superior Invergordon gentle grain.
Pig’s Nose is made using the pot still process which is best for malt production as opposed to grain whiskey. Every thing is mellow about this blend from its rich nose, golden sand highlights to rich and creamy tones. You get an almost spicy richness as these great flavors attack the palate and then beautifully reward it with elegant and distinguished mouth feel. The delicate Speyside Malts, this whiskey’s heart, play a major role in pulling this quality blend together. As far as dinner guests go, Pig’s Nose has sparkly personality yet an extremely chill overdub.
Photo courtesy of Spencerfield Spirit Company