Grain

Cameronbridge 21 Years Old 1997 (54.4%, James Eadie, Refill HH #75792, 265 Bottles, 2018)

Cameronbridge 21 Years Old 1997 James Eadie

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 54.4%
  • Age: 21 Years Old
  • Bottling: James Eadie, HH #75792, 265 Bottles, Bottled 2018
  • Category: Single grain scotch whisky
  • Cost: £59.95
  • Origin: Cameronbridge distillery
  • Vintage: 1997

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What they say

An independently bottled release of Cameronbridge, the largest grain distillery in Europe. Distilled in October 1997 and aged for 21 years, only 265 bottles have been drawn out of a single refill ex-bourbon hogshead, so you had better be quick if you don’t want to miss out!

MoM tasting notes:

  • Nose: Coffee and croissants, plus a hint of pancakes covered in maple syrup. Cedar develops in the background.
  • Palate: Vanilla ice cream with fudge pieces, peanut butter on toast, lemon and black pepper.
  • Finish: Icing sugar and ground cinnamon, with a touch of almond.

What I say

Dram #2 from Edinburgh University Water of Life Society tasting 102 ‘Types of whisky’. Distinctly single grain and very lightly matured too, mostly cask influence going on here so most were quite surprised to hear how old this one was.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Eiswein gold (7/20), quick, large, oily tears and long medium legs.
  • Nose: Floral, sweet grain spirit, plenty of vanilla, quite solventy, paint thinners/nail polish/acetone, coconut butter.
  • Taste: Light bodied though a little oily, quite sharp and harsh initially, solventy spirit, lemon citrus, vanilla, white chocolate, coconut butter, sweet and green coconut, perhaps a little green banana too.
  • Finish: Long, solventy, dried marzipan and white chocolate.

Overall

Quite simple, oaky with plenty of vanilla and coconut, no surprise this was a single grain or that it was matured in a refill hogshead, still quite harsh and solventy for its age.

Score 76/100

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