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Three Crowns and Three Crowns Peated

Being twins must be hard. Everything you do you have a yardstick to be measured against. Whatever your achievements are instantly pitted against the other half. The rest of us can come up with some sort of excuse but twins have the same: Parents, upbringing, environment etc so if one twin is doing better than the other then its going to be hard to explain except in terms of performance. In short twins are always going to have judgments made, fairly or unfairly, against them just by virtue of being a twin. Of course, I mean non-identical twins, identical twins automatically get celebrated for differences, people feel a sense of achievement at spotting the discrepancies. 

So, to Three crowns whiskey. Three Crowns and its non-identical twin, Three Crowns peated, is another resurrection bottling from the Echlinville distillery. The first thing to say about these bottles is the quality of the label, it is gorgeous! Stunning. White, embossed…. Oh it is lovely. A while back I spent a few hours in the company of a label producer and he was, seriously, passionate about his work, and passion is infectious. Since my label education I have a greater awareness of the art and craft that goes into it (Writing this seems kind of sad but it was really interesting, at the time)

Is the label the only good thing about Three Crowns? No, it’s really light and fresh, so it’s maybe a little strange to what is the traditional Whiskey experience, you see it doesn’t really belong in the fire side, cigar and a brown leather chair, its more an al fresco summer drink. If the weather is warm and the sun in the sky I think this would be really quite refreshing, it’s very easy to drink and being easy to drink is no bad thing, in the right circumstance.  Ok so this isn’t a deep complex, hard to penetrate dram. So, what? It has a place and should make no excuse for it.

Now the twin. Peated Three crowns. Now, like I said earlier it’s very easy to judge one twin against the other and this is the younger of the two having been born a year later and maybe that’s it. Its trying too hard to catch up, a little bit yappy, has to do more to look like its doing better than the elder one. This is very lightly peated and masks the qualities about the first born that I quite liked. This isn’t really a fireside dram nor an open-air one, I’m not really sure where this sits to be honest. If you are going to add something then it has to do what it says on the tin and add something. Even the adorable label is changed and not really in a good way, it’s gone a sickly green colour.

The first born comes in at around £40 and the younger about eight quid dearer, so both are in a category where there is a lot of competition on the shelves and neither jumps out of the bottle at you as a memorable enough to make you go racing back for more. The label though?  I must hook up with label guy and see what he thinks about it, I’m thinking he might want a “quiet” moment with it.





Three Crowns

  • Nose: Lemon, Vanilla, Nuts, Dried Fruit.
  • Palate: Light Oak, Sweet Vanilla, Clear honey
  • Finish: Short and sweet. Sweet Wine
  • Value for Money: Reasonable
  • Rating: 7/10

Three Crowns Peated

  • Nose: Toasted nuts, Toffee, Geranium floral
  • Palate: Liquorice, Oak, Cinnamon, Light smoke
  • Finish: Smoke and reek followed with sweet cream
  • Value for Money: not really. Different, but the added cost doesn’t really work for me.
  • Rating: 6/10

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