There is something very special about reading an old book. Something about the way it feels and smells. History in your hands. Im all for technology but enjoying a book on a e-reader just isn’t the same.
Its very much the same with whisky. There is something magical about an old dram.
Ive had the privilege of nosing some whiskies from the 1930’s and the 1950s and the smell is unlike anything else I have experienced. There is something unquantifiable about drinking a whisky that has been maturing longer than you have been alive. The very fact that the world has changed at a phenomenal pace as the whisky slowly sleeps in the cask needs to be appreciated and ruminated upon whilst slowly enjoying a dram.
For me, reading an old book and enjoying a dram are a simple pleasure. They go hand in hand.
Glenglassaugh 40 y.o from Carn Mor
Cask no R13/08/01, Sherry Butt, Distilled in 1972, 43.1% ABV
The nose doesn’t give much away, very gentle. Almost an essence of flavour, faint melon, old books, beeswax and faint green fruits, peach, toffee and spice.
The palate is surprisingly full flavoured despite the subtle nose. Raisins, peppered pears, tea, cedar, mild tobacco and the mildest hint of blood orange. Underneath is the gentlest wave of perfectly balanced sherry flavours.
The finish is gentle but surprisingly long. The full sherried body slowly (very slowly) fades to leave a mild spice and a soft and gentle pepperiness.
I was given this a while ago to try and I’ll admit that I have been holding on to this one and very much looking forward to tasting it. The finish applied to this whisky is superb. Genuinely one of the nicest drams I have tried this year and was a pleasure and a privilege to try it.
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