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From our Secret Bottlings Series
The oldest and rarest whisky in our collection. This is a superbly complex and multi-layered single malt from a well-known Speyside distillery.
Nose: 23/25 the oak may be on the attack but firm malt, aided and abetted by the most docile of smoky backgrounds gives it just the weight and edge it needs;
Taste: 24/25 the delivery is dense and silky and now the smoke really comes into its own, adding weight and seeing off any inquisitive oak; butterscotch and honey add to the brilliance;
Finish: 24/25 long with vanilla and the softest molassed sugar imaginable pitched in the glowing embers of all that has gone before;
Balance: 24/25 a genuine masterpiece of an ancient malt showing improbable integrity and finesse. The only whisky tasted so far this year (and this is number 1,263) that I have not spat a single drop out. I don’t know if this was a 1957 cask, or ’58. On one hand I hope it was the ’57, as that was the year I was born, and on that basis it should be stunning. On the other, a pang of regret that I didn’t find this cask first and bottle it for my 50th birthday celebrations…
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This did not last long, full of taste but so smooth at the same time
5th April 2012
This was given as a gift to my father in-law. I was lucky enough to get a couple of glasses. A smooth oaky well balanced whiskey which I would purchase again
Smooth, very nice
20th March 2012
got a bottle for my birthday,good flavour, nice finnish, great gift.
11th March 2012
i downed a bottle of this the other day for predrinks. LAD
11th January 2012
its very nice My son in law bought it for me as a dowry, i loves it with Chocolate cake and Cheese and onion crisps, its nice after you've had a couple of bottles of shiraz and when you haven't got anymore. you can always get the whisky out! And this one is one of the best! Also its not bad as a livener before you go milking at 5. It reminds me of ice cream.
13th July 2011
Is this stuff any good in a glass of Pepsi Max?
18th January 2011
Again a slightly astringent nose, but displaying a wonderful freshness, you would have though it wasn’t a day over 30! Buckets of mature honey and old, toffee’d, slightly sawdusty bourbon oak with a lovely citrus thread and a touch of smoke. Superb depth and complexity.The gentle oak vanillins open the show followed by some wonderfully juicy barley and honey. Mellow and complex with a slight grassy character. Very honeyed with a soupcon of peat smoke on the middle. Luscious and smooth with peat smoke turning to coal dust and the honey becoming quiet buttery. The length is excellent, and to think that it has been in the cask this long and still retains a lovely freshness is a testament to the character and longevity of this whisky.
8th July 2010