A couple of weeks back you might remember me waxing on about the Keys to the Clan minis program (programme, for my friends on the other side of the pond).
Here’s the link to the post, just in case you missed it.
In short, there have been 48 different Clan minis released into the US market and our friends over at ImpEx were kind enough to send me three minis. All from a different clan.
Thanks to ImpEx, SF and EK for the samples!
Being a New Englander and basically growing up knowing this and that person who knew or was related in some way to the Kennedy family (as in JFK, RFK and Teddy of the famous Chappaquiddick incident) and having a life-long crush on Jackie Kennedy Onnassis… I decided to open the Kennedy mini.
Note: all of the minis contain the same juice, I just wanted to drink a Kennedy under the table.
Here are my notes:
On the nose – Young yet pleasant. I know it says single malt but it almost has the vibrancy of a nicer high-malt-content blended Scotch whisky; orange creamsicle, pears, sherbet and the slightest hint of smoke. (The smoke could be my imagination playing tricks on me.)
A bit of pineapple cake in here as well and then some sugary angel food cake. This is quite the dessert-like dram so far.
All this fruit makes me think of Balblair a bit, to be honest.
On the mouth – As to be expected with 40% ABV, there’s very little attack upon entry which is just fine for the newbie whisky drinker as it’s quite fruity and very approachable (no burn).
That touch of smoke returns, yet the fruit doesn’t go away. But now there’s something sour in here that I can’t quite place my finger on. Not offensive, just sour-like.
Oat cakes lead us in to the finish…
Finish – Shortish finish with slight pepper and that sour element I caught on the palate.
In sum – While this is not really a “sit and ponder” sort of whisky, it holds it’s own well enough.
All I can picture is 200 Kennedys at a wedding or something like that and toasting to the husband and bride.
Mazel Tov, I mean, Kampai, I mean Slainte!!