North British 24 Years Old 1989
Scottish single grain whisky
46% ABV, £65.50 for 70cl from Wm Cadenhead
What they say:
If your a fan of the sweeter styles of whisky such as bourbon then this might be for you.
[sic] Distilled in 1979 then aged in ex bourbon barrels for 33 years. Only 222 bottles produced of this rare vintage single grain.
Nose: Lots of toffee, melted butter, white chocolate and hints of ginger.
Palate: Thick and chewy vanilla ice cream, some biscuity notes and lots of caramel notes.
Finish: Following the intense creamy toffee notes more of the spices emerge, particularly ginger and cinnamon with sparkling lemon notes.
What I say:
Umm.. actually distilled in 1989 and matured for 24 years as it says on the bottle, however here is what we thought. This was dram #3 at the Water of Life Society EWB Greatness of grain tasting.
Full amber gold, medium/long tears
Honey sweet, vanilla, coconut
Creamy, vanilla, coconut cream, custard, crème brulee, quite simple
Short and slightly sweet
One dimensional (not in the boy band sense) and simple but very easy drinking. A simple bourbon-influenced grain.