More action from TWE Show 2018. All these oldies featured at the excellent whisky.auction stand. Guess who owns it?
The only info left on the bottle reads ‘A noble Scotch, Gentle as a Lamb,… 100% Scotch Whiskies’. That is at least enough to cross-reference it on the Base & at WF, and to categorise it as a blend.
- N: Notes from this particular bottle are a little faint, but there’s still plenty to pick out. The main profile concentrates around an array of meats and berries, integrally smoked. OBE is a given.
- T: With plenty of OBE once again, we’ve a narrow arrival, a sweet~bitter direction and a milky mouthfeel. We see liquorice on the turn.
- F: Short but lingering around familiar blended OBE notes that help dress a clean lift-off.
- C: The absence of a label suggests this particular specimen was not kept in optimal conditions, though it still performed very well.
Scores 88 points first time around, 87 on take 2.
- N: Soft & easy barley-infused orchard juice with key notes centring around pancakes and fruit oils.
- T: I’m digging that bitter<sweet, honeyed slick mouthfeel with dry citrus.
- F: Lingers on liquorice after a brief yet murky jaunt in the undergrowth.
- C: There must easily be distillate from the 1970’s & earlier in here, and it shows. An old-skool straight-ahead beauty.
Scores 88 points
Glenfyne [1940’s] abv unknown
- N: This broad blend gives off a full-bodied, thick maltiness.
- T: This nicely-intact blended malt enters with lots of squidgy richness. It’s also nutty, metal-y and almost peppery.
- F: Develops fully into the chewy malt I hoped it would be.
- C: Fabulous and delicious. I’ll take a case please!
Scores 90 points
Stoddart’s [1940’s] abv unknown
- N: Whilst offering a peatier, drier, sootier nose, it’s a touch lacking overall in comparison to the Glenfyne.
- T: With clear OBE signs, there’s a bitterness and yet more sootiness. It’s clear there’s grain here, albeit decent clobber.
- F: Grainy>sooty.
- C: A decent old blend, though well overshadowed today by the Glenfyne.
Scores 84 points
- N: A willing nose reveals classic old & rare TTR blend traits – mainly on stewed tomatoes and > Frazzles.
- T&F: Complexities from a bygone age are rather telling, from a bottle that has held up well against the march of time.
- C: Superb bottle-aged insights of yesteryear.
Scores 90 points
J&G Thomson 12yo [1940’s] abv unknown
I believe an aged-stated blend from this period is more unusual, so hopes are again high. The inter-war malt content could also be high.
- N: More old-skool action. Compared to the Old Angus, this is a sweeter, sweatier malt with less [OBE] tomato action.
- T: Very tasty creamy barley.
- F: Hums with a barley-dry heathery warmth.
- C: My notes are scant, but I loved this thoroughly. Best of the lot!
Scores 91 points
Grant’s Stand Fast [1940’s] abv unknown [WF]80
- N: Not a great deal here.
- T: Bitter & short after the superb J&G.
- F: This finishes far better despite a slow start, with all the best bits towards the tail.
- C: It just goes to show that taking a punt on these old blends can be a real lottery.
Scores 80 points
A super session, with thanks to [Sukhinder Singh’s] whisky.auction team.