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The first official bottling of Cambus since at least the turn of the 20th century, this 40 year old was released as one of the headline bottles of the Diageo Special Releases 2016. Classic grain whisky notes are balanced by huge fruity character, giving one of the best grains we've tried in years.Tasting Notes (1)
- Black Pepper
Diageo Special Releases 2016
40 Year Old
No of Bottles
Tasting notes from Billy Abbott
Toffee, varnish and model glue – the holy trinity of flavours that characterise both a misspent youth and a well-aged grain whisky. It’s dense without water, with bursts of fruit gums, wax furniture polish, cinnamon mints and coffee cream. Water opens things up, revealing stacks of squishy fruit and a touch of spicy sawdust.
Sweet, spicy and concentrated with an almost Irish-pot-still-like fruity character – Wham bars, gummi bears, black fruit pastilles and fruit gums, dried mango, stewed sweet tea and a grind of black pepper. Water calms things down and sweetens things up with a sprinkling of toffee.
More blackcurrant sweets, green leaves, dark chocolate and the varnish from the nose. Water adds in some dusty spice as things fade.
Tasted blind, I’d swear this was an Irish whiskey – it’s packed with sweet fruit. Fortunately, it’s not a one-trick pony, and the spice adds another dimension.
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