Poacher Valley Whisky Review
Distillery: Poacher Valley (Independent Bottler)
Expression: Poacher Valley
Category: Blended Scotch
Poacher Valley might be the most under-the-radar whisky we’ve ever reviewed.
I spotted it for the first (and only time) while whisky window shopping at Will’s Wine Bar.
(Try saying that fast five times)
The fact that it was 60% ABV and available at a measly NT$550 (US$16.50) immediately piqued my interest.
However, a rather thorough background search revealed zero information on the brand.
It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that this was a cheap blend designed solely for the Asian market.
The English description on the back was um … eh …. well have a look for yourself.
The kind folks at Will’s were nice enough to let me sample a dram of it anyway.
Considering all the intangibles it was quite clear from the get-go that I was dealing with an wild and unruly beast.
While the nose was far from fragrant, it was better than expected.
However, on the palate, it was a quick descent into Hades.
You get a tiny bit of oak and a whole lotta’ heat.
Despite what the label says, it’s hard to call Poacher a whisky.
It’s more like a vodka spiked with plenty of caramel coloring to give the impression of age.
The finish is long, painful, and memorable, as in you’ll never forget the day you walked through a minefield and had both of your legs blown off.
The crowd at Will’s DID find a use for it though:
Mixing it with plenty of CC Lemon and wine to create some sort of Sangria from Hell.
Despite the low rating, the Poacher Valley may come in handy if you’re trying to go Old School and revisit your college days.
Mixing some kinda monstrosity with purple Kool-Aid probably wouldn’t be too far off the mark.
But if you find yourself praying to the porcelain gods after streaking through the streets like Frank the Tank, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Poacher Valley Whisky Tasting Notes
Color: Dark Gold
Nose: Heavy whiff of ethanol with caramel.
Palate: Oak and a whole lotta’ heat. Tastes like vodka.
Finish: Long, hot, and painful. Memorable in a bad way.