King Henry VIII – Scotch under Rs. 1000
Let me tell you about a Scotch I tasted recently which made me rethink of what whisky I would purchase the next time in Mumbai. Almonds on the nose, along with orange peel and just a hint of leather. Palate had a bite to it initially, which mellowed within 10 minutes leading to a lot of spice with undertones of honey with vanilla, nuts and oak on the finish. A profile which reminded me of the Oban 14.
This Scotch is King Henry VIII, one of the recent brands from Scotland which has been acquired by Jagatjit Industries, makers of Aristocrat whisky.
Once you get past the average print quality of the packaging and jargon like ‘fully matured and vintage blend of rare perfection’, the whisky itself is pretty good. The whisky is a blend of grain and malt whiskies from Highlands, Lowlands and Speyside with no mention of age. After tasting fabulous young malts like Kilchoman, age is not that big a deal.
The whisky competes with brands 100 Pipers, Teachers & Grants. Priced aggressively, it retails under Rs. 1000 in Goa and Chandigarh and for Rs. 1585 in Maharashtra.