MacNair's Lum Reek Peated Blended Scotch Whisky

MacNair's MacNair's Lum Reek Peated Blended Scotch Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)


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$70.99
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A revitalized MacNair’s Blended Malt Whisky with a deep and smoky profile and a good attitude.

The GlenAllachie Distillery sits on the Aberlour stream near where it empties into the River Spey. It was built there — less than a mile from the more famous Aberlour Distillery at the base of Ben Rinnes — in 1967 to produce Spirit for Scotch blends. It has been purchased, sold, mothballed, and opened again no fewer than four times since then. But in 2017, Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson, and Trisha Savage merged a few Whiskey brands and this under-utilized distiller gem to form The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Limited — now with a new core range of four Single Malt Whiskies in the Speyside style.

The Macnair’s brand of Whiskies has been around a long time with a cult following. But times have been hard for this small producer located near The GlenAllachie. In 2017 The GlenAllachie Distillers Limited picked up what was left of the the company and have set about lovingly revitalizing the brand and Spirits.

MacNair’s Lum Reek Peated Blended Scotch Whisky is a delightful combination of peated Islay Single Malts aged in ex-Bourbon casks, peated Speyside Single Malts aged in Oloroso Sherry casks, and older GlenAllachie Single Malts aged in virgin oak and Red Wine casks. The set is married at The GlenAllachie and bottled properly at a perfect 46% ABV.

Smartass Corner:
So, what the heck is a "Lum Reek?" The phrase comes from a Celtic blessing for good fortune — "Lang may your lum reek." Which translates as "Long may your chimney be filled with smoke." In other words, may things go well enough to keep the house warm and your food hot.
  • Category
  • Style
    Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Scotland
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    The GlenAllachie

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peaty
cocoa
berries
smoky
currant
caramel
oak
spicy
orange zest
What does MacNair's Lum Reek Peated Blended Scotch Whisky taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Harvest Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is deep and earthy with herbal notes over butterscotch and flamed orange zest.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The peat steps up on the tongue with the flavors of thick smoke over dark cocoa, dark berries, currants, and sea-salt caramels.

Finish
The finish is long with charred oak and allspice.

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Ratings & Reviews
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Lite phenol nose. Lite peat and smoke. Oak. Quick finish
 
Louise
Louise,
A straight ahead peaty Scotch.
 
Neil
Neil,
Was very very surprised about this whiskey. Fantastic!
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Peaty whiskeys are growing on me, and this one is pretty nice.
 
Colin
Colin,
It was smoother than I expected but was still a bit too smoky for me to get much out of it.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Advent #19. The first time I tried it I was able to get more than smoke and peat and thought I might like it. The second time i didn’t get the other flavors. Was hoping to like this one but not going to make the cut.
 
David
David,
Sweet but peaty/spicy aftertaste
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Too much peat, and also a little overwhelming on the other spices. Not one of my favorites for sure.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Right on the line of too peaty, but on the right side of that line
 
Frank
Frank,
(Advent 2020, #19) In the nose all I get is smoke and peat. Tasting it, there's a good bit of smoke and peat with something else, maybe a little hint of chocolate. Adding a cube of ice helped. I'm not into smoky/peaty Scotch and while this wasn't as overpowering as some, I'll skip it.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
A little too peaty for me.
 
Briana
Briana,
It’s a sipper drink for sure
 
Mark
Mark,
Not too bad with ice.
 
Todd
Todd,
Smell and taste totally different. Butter and caramel on the nose. Full on peat on the palate. Not bad. A couple drops of water tamed it a bit and brought out more sweetness. Better with the water.
 
James
James,
Too much smoke & peat for my tastes - hard to discern much else
 
Paul
Paul,
Spicy and very peaty. Sticks to the roof our your mouth in a nice, burning way.
 
Mike
Mike,
Little smoke on the nose, but stronger in the finish. Some smoke and sweet with caramel. Odd blend to me. Not clean enough for a speyside and not smoky enough for me to love that.
 
Jason
Jason,
Nicely balanced. Light smoke and peat, sweet berries and caramel, and a just enough spice.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Brookside Acai and Blueberry Chocolates, smoked and melted down into whisky form. Sweet, smoky, and just a little spicy. The chocolate is stronger in the nose than the palate, but you can pick up hints of the GlenAllachie blended in. Quite tasty, and a great peated for those that like lighter smoke.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Oeat and smoke barely in the nose, and a slight hint of cocoa on the first taste. Slightly spicy but not like most scotch. So many flavors but didn’t seem to have one that was the star.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Advent Day 19 - Earthy tones on the nose with hint of sweetness. The palate was full of peat with subtle notes of berries and smoke. Toasted oak finish.
 
Derek
Derek,
Mostly smoke and peat on the nose, but a mild version of each. A bit of dark fruit and moderate spice on the palate. The smoke and peat are there throughout, but not really to the degree suggested by the flavor spiral. Sweet, smoked chocolate on the finish. This is one of the hardest of the Advent calendar for me to rate. The whole experience up to the finish was good but not great - a solid 6. But the finish was exceptional - more like an 8. Half-star ratings would be helpful for times like this. In this case, I couldn’t help but let the price be an influence. It would be a 7 at $50, but it’s a 6 at $70.
 
James
James,
Though not usually a peated fan, this is smooth and tasty, zesty mix of chocolate, caramel and dark berry notes. Peat hint in finish gives character to sip
 
Adam
Adam,
Smooth, with a spicy bite midway. I like the balance of peat and sweet.
 
Bob
Bob,
Flaviar Advent sampler day 19. I'm a fan of peaty Scotches so I was excited to try this one. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a disappointment. I taste the peat but not much else. The flavor profile says there's a lot in there but it's not jumping out at me. I can smell the cocoa but the flavor is not there. Not much to get excited about here.
 
Brady
Brady,
Solid scotch flavor, nice bite to it with many tasting notes in the aftertaste.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Another peated entry that actually works for me. My first impression was sweetness as soon as I opened the vial. Once I got my nose in the peat was unmistakable but not overpowering and not with the medicinal character I find off-putting with so many peated scotches, and was accompanied by apricot and sweet barley. Dark chocolate and salted caramel on the tongue, with smoke, berries and tannins pulling up the rear.
 
Kris
Kris,
Good, especially for the price.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Gross
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Light peat. A bit spicy on the shortish finish. Enjoyable but doesn’t stand out in any way for me.
 
Mike
Mike,
Liked it a lot. Not sure about putting peat as the main flavor though. Peat was there, but it was more smoke for my tastebuds personally.
 
Robert
Robert,
Really enjoyed this. Started getting into peated scotches over the last year, and this is a step down from what I'm used to, but they did a fantastic job blending different styles. Earthiness and and peat is present throughout, but the smoke is more subtle. Not much malt on the palate, but it's nice and sweet. Lovely stuff!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I'm surprised how much I like this. I am not usually not a fan of peat, but the smokiness is at a minimum, which I suspect is the true culprit. In this case, the peat/chocolate/stone fruit combo makes a really rich and almost seductive flavor. Just a tickle of spice on the end.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Advent 2020 #19 - we are not peaty scotches..... That being said, the peat and smoke are not crazy strong so the backend comes through a bit. Not bad, just not our cup of tea.
 
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