MacNair’s Lum Reek is a range of blended malts produced by the GlenAllachie Distillers Company. Created by Billy Walker, this composition is built around peated Islay and Speyside whiskies, mixed with GlenAllachie single malt. The whiskies are drawn from a combination of Oloroso, virgin oak and red wine casks.
The name come from the Victorian distiller Harvey McNair, and the Scottish toast Long may your lum reek!
MacNair’s Lum Reek 21 yo (48%, GlenAllachie Distillers +/- 2020, peated)
Nose: a nice start on elegant smoke, tobacco leaves and hints of cedar wood, mixed with raisin sweetness, toffee and a good dose of vanilla. Plum jam. Cinnamon. Lemon zest. Hints of cocoa in the background. Maybe not hugely expressive – elegance is key here.
Mouth: s layered combination of dry and sweet notes again. Peaches, marmalade and berries, some honey and dark chocolate. Some old leather and pleasant woody touches. Toffee. Pepper. The earthy smoke is present but never overpowering.
Finish: medium to long, more ashy and spicy with lingering cocoa.
A well composed blended malt with a level of smoke that is spot-on in my opinion, it even makes it seem slightly older than it actually is. Good job. Available from TyndrumWhisky or Master of Malt for instance.