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Released at Whisky Show 2019 as part of our Magic of the Cask series, this 1973 Speyside blended malt has been matured in a single sherry butt for 45 years, before being bottled in 2019. Aromas of brown sugar and fruitcake open on the nose, followed by brown bread with butter, maraschino cherries, raisins, cinnamon-baked apples, dried mango and rich, earthy aromas. The palate offers notes of toasted oak, baked apples, sultanas, bitter char, soft spice and light fruitcake.Tasting Notes (1)
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- Fruit Cake
Whisky Show 2019
45 Year Old
No of Bottles
Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Brown sugar and light fruitcake lead: Mr Kipling's Country Slices with a side-order of brown bread and butter. Darker, savoury notes slowly build, with char and singed raisins balanced by rich earthiness and old-Cognac rancio. Fruit sits at the core: maraschino cherries, plump raisins, baked apples, wine-poached pears and a hint of dried mango.
Venerable but fresh – old oak is poised against sweet baked apples; sultanans balance bitter char. Soft spice builds across the palate: brown sugar and nutmeg lead to the fruit from the nose. The fruitcake is back and remains light, sprinkled with crunchy crystals of sugar. Thick damp oak and fragrant riverbank earthiness provide a backbone.
Brown sugar lingers, accopanied by char and a parade of fruit: apples, sultanas and, finally, sticky raisins.
My (whisky loving) friends and I first encountered this gem at the 2019 whisky show. We all agreed that it demonstrated its 45 year aging in every sip - velvet smooth, rich and utterly delicious. You get moderate oak, sufficient but not cloying sweetness... the sense of a well baked apple subtly caressed with spice and a few sultanas thrown in for good measure. I bought a bottle then and have kept it to share (sparingly) with my most loyal (and whisky appreciating) friends since. Every return sip has reminded us just how good the first was... and puts the remainder of my (very decent) whisky cupboard to shame. At the Whisky Show this year I tried something that pretty much equalled it... a 40 year old Fettercairn... also delicious. The difference however, the Fettercairn is £3500 a bottle. I can only say that for £425 this is ridiculous. I have just bought 2 more bottles as I have no intention of running out of this any time soon.
Extraordinary for the price. Fabulous.
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