A couple of years ago, I bought a Waitrose (supermarket) own-label whisky. It was labelled up as a 21year old Speyside single malt, distilled in 1981. What struck me as unusual was that it has been wholly matured (not just finished) in port pipes. In his "Whisky Bible", Jim Murray rated this 21 year old 89/100.
Waitrose is now selling this self-same 1981 Speyside single malt as as a 23 year old. And the price is currently a daft £19.29.
I'm really intrigued as to where this malt, which was bottled by Wm Maxwell, was distilled.
I know that Glenfarclas recently released (to the German market) a 1981 23 year old expression matured in port pipes. Some co-incidence.
Anyone know of any other Speyside distiller who was filling directly into port pipes in the early 1980s
Daft indeed! And a quick perusal of the "Unspecified Single Malts" section of Murray's Bible is a bit of an eye-opener to anyone who, like me, assumes that supermarket own-label bottlings are inferior product. Are there Waitroses in Scotland? Do you suppose any of this will be left by the time I arrive in October? Murray: "I can see droves of European malt whisky lovers taking special flights just to get hold of this one...." No kidding!
Edit: Apparently Yorkshire is as far north as they get.
I've seen various distilleries being mentioned as the origin of this port-matured Speyside, but nothing with anything more than hearsay. One thing is clear, though, the bottle of 21 y.o. I bought some time ago was one of the best port-whiskies I've ever had! And the port certainly didn't drown out the whisky as you might have expected after 21 years; beautiful balance. I haven't tried the 23 y.o., but if it's as good as the 21 y.o., get it!
MrTattieHeid wrote:Daft indeed! And a quick perusal of the "Unspecified Single Malts" section of Murray's Bible is a bit of an eye-opener to anyone who, like me, assumes that supermarket own-label bottlings are inferior product. (snip)
He's not wrong either. I've had 5 or 6 of the supermarket single malts and they are all very tasty. This is the first Waitrose malt I've bought and if it's anything like as good as their food I am in for a treat.
I noticed they have a single grain whisky on sale fairly cheap. Has anyone tried it ?
N: Honey, smoke, wine notes, peppery spice
T: Hot, dry red chilli, port notes much more prominent. Honeyed sweetness and port notes offset oaky dryness well. Speyside character is retained throughout.
F: Hot and drying.
Comment: This whisky is dry and hot but never overly bitter. I like it, but will not be rushing out to buy up all of Waitrose's stock. As for the distillery Glenfarclas is a definite possibility.