Sainsbury’s Irish single malt 40%

Sometimes one of the most daunting things about whisky is the price, but you don’t need to fork out an arm and a leg for a pretty decent drink.
Supermarket branded whiskies, with their simple labels and comparatively low price-tag can often be overlooked, but generally they’re actually pretty good, and they won’t break the bank. Sainsbury’s own Irish Malt is not bad.

In appearance the colour is like the flesh of a fresh lemon, and it had a smooth oily look.
The nose is a bit grippy and smells a bit like new bicycle tyres, with lemon, polished canfer and a touch of ground pepper.
The palate is really interesting. It has a warm oily texture which tasted like a sweet, slightly fatty peppered steak, with a tropical coconut finish.
It’s got great character, some simple but distinctive flavours, and at £13.49 a bottle, you really can’t go wrong.