Label 5 is one of the world’s most popular blends and is sold across the globe.
It is currently owned by French company, La Martiniquaise, and produced in Scotland, specifically using malt from Glen Moray Distillery in Speyside, along with other malts and grain whisky.
The Company bought the distillery from The Glenmorangie Company in 2008, and the next year, Label 5 entered the top 10 biggest selling blends in the world.
It remains there today and has a varied range of products under its belt. This includes the Classic Black, the Extra Premium 12 Year Old, the Gold Heritage and the Extra Rare 18 Year Old.
The 18 Year Old is a perfect example of the rich flavour profile being produced by Label 5.
This blend has been matured in oak casks for 18 years and is packed with lots of sweet, oaky notes.
The nose opens with lots of wood and a little hint of smoke. The wood is thick and toasted, with a lovely sweetness to it.
The smoke wafts in gently and wraps the aromas together wonderfully. The warmth of the oak goes really well with the slightly charcoal notes coming out.
The palate introduces a sweeter oak, with more vanilla and caramel tones appearing. These are thick and luxurious, with a creamy, smooth mouth feel accompanying them.
There is also a chewier note on the palate, with dried fruits and more dessert like qualities present.
Raisons and apricots are especially present, adding a slight tang against the sweetness of the vanilla.
The finish brings everything together with one final note of smoke and oak.
This is a brilliant whisky from a widely popular brand, and with expressions like this, it is easy to see why.