At $22.99, Trader Joe’s Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, aged 10 years, was hard to pass up. TJ’s has for a number of years now offered small-run offerings, doing their best to hide the distillery of origin. Would it be identifiable to the nose of a SFWS veteran? No. No, if only because the dram lacked identifiable features of any sort.
Nose: Sweet malt, wildflower, honey, sawdust
Body: Thin and sweet; oak, vanilla, white raisins
Finish: Short; apple, chardonnay, lacquer
I’m not catching the Highland charm here, with no discernible tone of peat or leatheriness. If you are drawn to the Highland 10 profile, a better use of your money would be to upgrade to a decent Speyside such as the Glenfiddich 12 or, better, a Glen Garioch.