Cameronbridge 40yo, 1978-2018, Single Grain, Xtra Old Particular (XOP) Range
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Refill Barrel (DL12767, 215 btl.)
Nose: Sweet start on the nose with toffee, vanilla and warm cereal notes. Fruity with yellow berries and ripe peaches, accompanied by brown sugar, subtle white pepper and a touch of oak spice in the background.
Palate: Rich and intense on the palate. Sweet and fruity with caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and ripe peaches. Mouth filling and salivating. Then warming and
increasingly spicy with pepper, ginger and oak wood.
Finish: The finish shows good length with strawberry and pineapple, followed by vanilla and dry oak notes.
With water: With the addition of a few drops of water, the grain becomes increasingly present on the nose with lots of vanilla sweetness, fruit aromas and prickling oak. Still very sweet on the palate with toffee, vanilla and juicy peaches. The finish is slightly shorter with vanilla and pineapple, followed by oak spice. Doesn't get drier.
Comments: This great single grain whisky from the Cameronbridge distillery was bottled from a single barrel after an incredible four decades of maturation. A stream of juicy, ripe fruit paired with creamy vanilla and toffee sweetness leads to a rich and lovely long finish. A delicious single grain and an excellent companion for enjoyable evening hours.
I thank Douglas Laing for the photograph!
Cameronbridge 25yo, 2019, Whic
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Bottling: whic (Whiskycircle)
Cask type: Sherry Cask (503 btl.)
Colour: Reddish amber.
Nose: Begins sweet on the nose with apples, caramel and dried fruits, cherries as well as raisins and dates. The whole is embedded in beautiful old sherry aromas, with notes of dark chocolate, some leather and tobacco in the background. The alcohol is well integrated and not pungent at all.
Palate: Again a great sweetness on the palate with caramel and a sticky red fruit, accompanied by dried figs and raisins. Then warming with a light peppery spiciness, due to the high alcohol content. But not unpleasant. Cinnamon with dark chocolate and juicy cherry are noticeable until the finish.
Finish: The finish is long-lasting with a sticky fruit sweetness, dark chocolate and a hint of dry tobacco leaves. Very nice.
With water: The addition of water pushes the fruit a little into the background, while retaining its sticky sweetness. Dark chocolate in the background as well. Soft, sweet and round on the palate, the alcoholic spiciness is nicely tamed. Raisins, dates, sherry aromas, beautifully mixed with dark chocolate. Wonderful. The finish is still long with a sticky fruit sweetness, raisins and lots of dark chocolate.
Comments: A wonderfully sticky, sweet and fruity single grain whisky that has been allowed to mature in a sherry cask for a quarter of a century. Full of dried fruits and dark chocolate, with a strong dash of alcoholic spice. Both pure and diluted with some water a wonderful drinking pleasure. Not only, but especially in the cold season a wonderful soul warmer.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample and the image!