Another of Morrison and Mackay’s excellent long aged blended malts, forming part of their Old Perth series.
Old Perth is a revived brand from the early 20th century, which pays homage to the historic link between blended whisky and the Scottish city of Perth.
First distilled in 1994, this whisky is rather unusual “single cask blended malt”. This cask is from Highland Distillers, a company which at the time owned Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes, Tamdhu, Bunnahabhain, and Glenturret. The individual whiskies were vatted together in a single sherry cask at 17 years af age.
We don’t know which whiskies are in this, but there is surely some peat in there, which would suggest some amount of Highland Park. The aroma and taste certainly remind us a lot of Highland Park.
The end result is packed with notes of subtle peat smoke, heather honey, dried fruits, spice, Christmas cake, chocolate, almonds, hazelnut, old dark oak, lip-smacking sherry, orange rind, mints, black coffee, and molasses.
Bottled 44.9% ABV, and without chill filtration or colouration, the whisky is intense and satisfying.
Just 515 bottles were produced, all bottled at cask strength.