The color of Pig’s Nose is golden amber and the nose is bold but young. There’s plenty of caramel and fruit up front. These are followed by some distinct cereal grains and dried fruit. The character of the nose matches the taste on the palate, although it’s a little more rich and thick than the nose suggests. The finish is of decent length, the younger age of the spirit comes through, and it becomes sharp at the end.
Pig’s Nose is a blended whisky containing a mixture of Lowland, Speyside, and Islay single malts with a touch of specially selected grain whiskies. The age of a blended whisky is that of the youngest whisky used in the process, therefore, Pig’s Nose is labeled “aged five years.” Though Pig’s Nose has been around since 1977, the packaging as well as the whisky itself has been revitalized in recent years by Whyte & Mackay’s master blender Richard Paterson. The name evolved from an exchange Paterson says he had with a friend when presenting his blended whisky. The friend commented that it was ”as soft and smooth as a pig’s nose”.