Sovereign North British Distillery 50yo Grain Whisky Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Sovereign North British Distillery 50yo Grain Whisky

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  • Distiller:

    North British

  • Bottler:

    Sovereign

  • ABV:

    44.7%

  • Age:

    50 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: While I can’t say that it’s better than the Port Dundas I can unequivocally say that it’s an obscenely good value. Seriously take a second and think about it.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I expected a barely legal proof, but this had some nice depth due to the extra couple of percent. To date, this is the oldest whiskey I've tried and it didn't disappoint. I wish there was a bit more going on in the palate.
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  • Intro:

    This is a 50 year old grain whiskey from North British distillery, bottled at cask strength.

  • Nose:

    Honey, some cake. Caramel, some faint oak. Some coffee notes. Its oddly muted, with only some sweet, bready notes coming through in force.

  • Taste:

    Thin, but sweet and no heat. Caramel, vanilla, some astringency and tannins. Odd plastic note couples with some big vanilla notes and a faint hint of smoke. Its not big abrasive smoke, but a nice, subtle ashy smoke. Like a very muted Caol Ila.

  • Finish:

    Short but sweet and also faintly smokey. No astringency here and some nice vanilla lives on.

  • Overall:

    This is an interesting dram. It's not huge, or bold, but nicely nuanced. There were one or two notes that I didn't love, but overall it managed to be quite pleasant. It wasn't particularly notable but I'm happy to see that for the age, it is not a disgusting bitter tannic oak bomb. I'm also impressed that the proof is still that "high" after so many years. I expected a barely legal proof, but this had some nice depth due to the extra couple of percent. To date, this is the oldest whiskey I've tried and it didn't disappoint. I wish there was a bit more going on in the palate. I'm giving this a 6.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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