Lismore is what is sometimes called a “mystery malt.” There is no distillery in Scotland with that name and there is no website with any reliable information. It is instead a black sheep of one of the big boy lines, that—due to young age, flaw, or simple oddity,—doesn’t want it around mucking up their good brand name. The collective speculation of the internet is that Lismore is likely a 5-8 year mix of single malt from the Glenrothes distillery, but no one official will confirm nor deny. But, with all that preamble, the only important question is, “Is it any good?” Surprisingly, yes it is. Lismore has a very sweet, pleasant nose reminiscent of sherried Scotches, though on the tongue it’s much drier and restrained. It is certainly a young whisky, and you can taste the heat on the first sip, but it’s not unpleasant. The follow-through is relatively gentle with cascades of woody resin, caramel and honey.