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A very smooth blended Scotch with a distinct honey flavour. In 1997 it won the International Spirits Challenge.
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6th November 2015
This whisky has been off the shelves for a while in South Africa, and has been recently introduced back into the market. Scottish Leader has been rebranded and repackaged and comes in other variants as well, but this review is all about the Original. To be honest, I was very excited to purchase and could not wait to taste what I remembered to be a very pleasant entry level whiskey. Boy, was I surpised. The colour, nose, complexity of flavours and smokiness had all changed, and for the better! I have no idea what the rest of the "connoisseurs" on this page have been drinking or are referring to, but Scottish Leader has become a firm favourite in my household. I've even left some more famous (and more expensive) whiskies in my untouched in my cabinet and opted for this week after week in front of the braai. Cheers to an amazing, affordable whisky. 5 stars for flavour, smokiness and amazing value for money! Top-notch!
14th October 2015
I'll keep this short and sweet, much like the finish of this whisky.Tescos sell it for £12.70 and for the price it's pretty Damn good. Some good lemon and smoke notes, plus if you add a drop of Laphroaig to it, the Scottish leader really comes into its own.
10th June 2015
Unfortunately whn is come to learning what a bad whisky 'is' this lesson is not just hard but tastes bad going down. Seriously, why waste your money just buy a 'real' whisky like Glenlivet. It is not great but about the same price and actually tastes like whisky.For a better description of the whisky see the review titled 'A caramel swamped horror.' It is about 15 reviews down. Not the one with all the ???????????? he's an idiot!
24th January 2015
Price is reasonable for blended whiskey. More of a brandy guy myself but this is not bad. You still can't taste all the stuff they want you to taste at the distillery but its better than all the other blended stuff on the shelves. Mixes well with sodas which is a plus in my book. Chances that you will disappointed are low. This is MY PERSONAL OPINION!
30th August 2014
I drink single malts at home, but often take a bottle of blended whisky with me when I am working away from home. I bought this out of curiosity, and was very pleasantly surprised. This whisky will be my companion on trips away from now on. Five stars (Six if you take the price into account.)
23rd August 2014
The best Whisky I have ever tasted!
I was looking for a cheap whisky to take to Glastonbury and following the reviews on this site I was encouraged to buy Scottish Leader. Now maybe I just bought a bad bottle, and I'd add that although I'm a big whisky/ey enthusiast I am no single malt snob! Most of the whiskies I drink are Deluxe Blended Scotch's but this stuff is woeful. An unpleasant off wine nose, a taste that suggests the over-use of average quality casks and not much taste other than a trace of caramel and then a bitter finish. Very disappointing. Now for £12.70 from Tesco I wasn't expecting something incredible but certainly something of quality for its price range. It simply isn't comparable to the not much more expensive (but excellent) BNJ, and similarly priced Grants, Hankey Bannister and Dewars White Label (and they are all a bit rough round the edges). Even the new Black Bottle, which is no way near as good as the old but is still a good quality product (and from the same distillery as Leader) beats this poor effort. Avoid IMHO and spend an extra £4-5 on BNJ!
23rd June 2014
had my first taste some 20 years ago and have stayed with the brand since. tried other brands in between, but always come back to Scottish Leader
21st June 2014
17th June 2014
I would normally drink single malts but my wife won a bottle of this stuff at the local bingo group. I must admit, i was most pleasantly surprised as i tasted my first sip, & after my second i realised just how good it really is, since this, "Scottish Leader" has become one of my favourite whiskies of all time, i would have no hesitation in recommending this whisky to anyone, an excellent whisky at a very good price.
12th January 2014
I generally drink single malts and have travelled around the distilleries so I know where this originates from and what it is made of.With a mixer/water or on its own it has never disappointed. I'd recommend this blended whisky to anyone especially as it is priced at a very competitive rate.
23rd November 2013
Awesome... 4.5 stars
30th September 2013
Forgot to rate.
27th July 2013
Certainly the best value blend on the market.The 5 star rating is relative to the price, which is£12.70 at Tesco.
For a cheaper whisky this is surprisingly good has nice sweet smokey aftertaste it's actually nicer than some of the dearer options yeah 4 stars for this!
3rd May 2013
Clearly I am in the middle of drinking this as I forgot to rate it 9/10 as not as good as glen anything.
28th April 2013
Who ever takes this whiskey down is clearly an asshole as I am currenly drinking this and it is like good for value whiskey I love it.
Oops, another one who's had one too many drams. I went and forgot to score the Leader! 10/10!!
21st April 2013
I love Scottish Leader, I always make sure I have a few bottles in the house for guests and myself. There's nothing better than a day spent in the bath accompanied by a large dram of leader!
The label describes this blend as 'sweet'. That's an understatement. It's rather like an alcoholic liquid form of McCowan's Highland Toffee. When I was rash enough to order a 70ml double of this noxious substance in a Glasgow pub recently, I couldn't decide which was more horrifying, the caramel-swamped flavour or the fact that a portion of Deanston's admirable single malt has vanished into the abyss of this witches brew.
14th April 2013
forgot to rate the dram in above report-- Giving it 8 out of ten
9th May 2012
BNJ's not so poor cousin? Perky acetone nose reminds me of Jura Origin- (kind of a hypey name is J.O.)-- But the flavour aspects remind me of The Baillie Nicol Jarvie blend- BNJ has become hard to find- even in Edinburgh- where it's blended- and where I live (over the river from Leith-Edinburgh)- If I can find it- here in Fife- it hurts my humble budget- So-- I was really pleased to discover Highland Leader as a decent and easily sourced alternative-- It's more than just about in same league--
I'm no expert, but I have had my fair share of young (3-5 year-) whiskies, and this is head and shoulders above the rest (though I do like Glen Ross and James King). What's interesting is that the nose is decidely not medinical as is standard for cheaper fare. Moreover, it has a surprising smokey edge that is quite pleasant. For its category I'd give it 5 stars, but I'm giving it 4 in deference to the top line whiskies. And actually, Scottish Leader is better than some of the expensive whiskies. Kudos to the Burn Stewart Distillery!
3rd May 2012
One of the Best Whiskeys out there.
17th December 2011