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This is a 50 year old grain whiskey from North British distillery, bottled at cask strength.
Honey, some cake. Caramel, some faint oak. Some coffee notes. Its oddly muted, with only some sweet, bready notes coming through in force.
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.
Short but sweet and also faintly smokey. No astringency here and some nice vanilla lives on.
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.