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56 YEAR OLD BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
When this whisky was first blended, it would have been described as a “deluxe blend”, comprising over 60% single malts. Nearly 20 years in sherry butts, before a long, slow finish in ex-Bourbon casks, has produced a magnificent whisky: a perfect example of the magic that can happen between distillate and wood.
Release Size: 732 bottles
RRP: £3,750 (inc VAT)
56 years’ ageing have created a remarkable and unique whisky, with all the hallmarks of single malts from every corner of Scotland. There are notes of Islay smoke, sweetness from Speyside, and a roundness and depth that is redolent of the Highlands. The colour comes from many years in sherry, but the additional 30 years in bourbon wood have brought complementary layers of vanilla and molasses.
Anthony Rose, How to Spend it A 47.2% cask strength blended malt and grain scotch, it is deep bronze-gold in colour. The aromas combine a sweet depth of smoky, vanilla-like elements with a rich apricot fruitiness in a seductive fragrance that comes across with a cognac-like spice and sweetness. Behind a texture that’s as smooth as silk, the complexity of flavour erupts in an explosion of smoke, tar, vanilla and stone fruit that’s initially rich before turning delicately dry, all while retaining a remarkable freshness.
IWSC 2020 98 Points: Ultimate Gold
Rich and mellow: warm and appealing aromas of madeira, leather and tropical fruit. Subtle smoke with gentle spice on the palate.