Review: Caledonian 40 Year Old 1976 Single Grain Scotch Whisky (Douglas Laing XOP) / by Jason Hambrey

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40 Years; Refill Hogshead
Distiller Caledonian (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Caledonian distillery was once the largest distillery in Scotland, and at one time made an Irish style whisky from pot stills. The distillery was closed in 1988 due to market consolidation, but there are still some older bottlings hanging about…

Review (2019)

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  • Bottling Date: 2016

The nose is very oaky, but not in the style of a bourbon. It is richly oaky, with vanilla and baking spice – and lots of clean oak. Very deep. The palate continues to be rich, with loads of blueberry and rich old whisky notes like leather. It’s a bit sweet. The finish is deep and oaky, with more blueberry and vanilla, baked apple, and woody spice.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). I do quite like this style of whisky, and this one is classic in that respect and is similar to a lot of the old Canadian corn whiskies. But, if you don’t like lighter and sweeter whiskies – this won’t be your style.

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