Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky for K&L Wine Merchants

An exclusive blend produced by Douglas Laing for the spirits buyers of K&L Wine Merchants, San Francisco. Blended to be an assertive, "malt heavy" value blend.
Merchant's notes: Over one year of blending process. "Big smoke, Ardbeg-like peat flavors, and a kiss of sweet grain was our goal and we definitely achieved it in this bottle. Unlike most big brand blends, there are no coloring agents or sweeteners in the Faultline Scotch, just a pale straw colored liquid that bursts with character and, due to the heavy malt content, finishes with richness and weight. [...] For $25 you get one helluva bottle of Scotch. Smokier than Johnnie Black, more complex than Chivas, and less expensive than both of them."

An exclusive blend produced by Douglas Laing for the spirits buyers of K&L Wine Merchants, San Francisco. Blended to be an assertive, "malt heavy" value blend.
Merchant's notes: Over one year of blending process. "Big smoke, Ardbeg-like peat flavors, and a kiss of sweet grain was our goal and we definitely achieved it in this bottle. Unlike most big brand blends, there are no coloring agents or sweeteners in the Faultline Scotch, just a pale straw colored liquid that bursts with character and, due to the heavy malt content, finishes with richness and weight. [...] For $25 you get one helluva bottle of Scotch. Smokier than Johnnie Black, more complex than Chivas, and less expensive than both of them."

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10975
Blend-Scotch
Scotland
Blended Whisky
50%
0.75 l
Douglas Laing
other
Chill filtration - WithoutArtifical colouring - Without
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Davisscholar
27. Mar 2015
Quite young, feisty, much like independent, non-age statement "Islay" blends (old "Black Bottle").

Initially quite intriguing with a big whiff of fresh peat smoke, iodine and a grassy grain note. Not unlike independent bottlings of young (less than 10 year) Laphroaig (in conjunction with the grassy, lemony grain, it is apparent how they claim the "Ardbeg-like peat").
Water further develops the medicinal smoke of camphor and even juniper at times, with noticeable iodine and underlying Bourbon cask qualities (definite vanilla bean in the background).

On the palate, big smooth grain at the front, soon taken over by the fierce, nervy young Malt profile. Negligible oak contribution (slight tannin bite) and not much development.

On the finish, the fierce character of young spirit remains with light, grassy vanilla notes and again the camphor, mineral smoke.

Long astringency on the palate, but subdued, yet clean aromatic finish.

Achieved, expertly blended at the price.