Scotch - Blended
Grand Macnish 150th Anniversary Edition Blended Scotch Whisky
Rating DescriptionTier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
MacDuff International was founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1992 by Stewart MacDuff (who presumably lends his name to the company), Charles Murray, and Ted Thomson--themselves all veterans of the scotch industry. The company was formed to produce blends with the "personal touch" that were an homage to the heritage of Scotland.
Grand Macnish is named for Robert McNish who founded a blend in 1863 to be approachable and differentiated in the whisky market; the original blend is said to be composed of over 40 individual whiskies. The brand was family owned until 1927 when it was purchased by Corby Distilleries. The label was then eventually sold to MacDuff International in 1991. The "grand" in the title was an approbation from Robert McNish's friends in describing the fine quality of the scotch... the "a" in Macnish was inserted as a marketing effort to improve pronunciation in the rest of the international markets unused to the Scottish brogue.
Grand Macnish 150th Anniversary blend is actually their flagship version representing a blend of over 40 different single malt whiskies. They suggest looking for flavor notes of lavendar and honey.