Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Haig & Co. Ltd. (JH&C)
Bottling serie
Liqueur Scotch Whisky
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
29 oct 2017 5:09 pm by checkpointuk

Average value

€ 1107.15

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13 × member ratings

6 × in collection

Whisky reviews for John Haig Gold Label

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.55 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is awesome the palate cannot match it nor the finish but what an experience, a great,old blend from the 1930's and a pleasure for me.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Old , old, old and it smells like an old Islay whisky to me, much more peat than I was expecting and it is a nice peat, like some older Caol Ila offerings, great.
      Treacle tart, caramel, hints of menthol and also of pernod.
      Biscuit, brine and wave upon wave of soft peat mixed with farmyard smells, like a Brora OB without the steroids, so it is subtle and not overpowering.
      I absolutely love this kind of smell.
      Can the palate live up to my expectations?
    • Taste
      90 90
      Blimey, the peat is there in spades but mixed with a load of cake and biscuit, syrupy mouthfeel with some metallic notes, could be the OBE.
      There are more biscuit notes with dried fruits like plum with hints of apricot.
      There is also like a root taste that I cannot describe, what is it?
      Slight gingery, orangy note mixed with cold tea.
      Not as good as the nose but what an experience, I have never tasted anything blend wise remotely like this and I have had plenty.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Approaching medium, remaining peaty, with cake notes

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  3. Astrid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A dram with a story and a great profile. An amazing experience. The full review can be found here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/12/26/oh-du-froehliche/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. rampah scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Many thanks to checkpointuk for the Sample!

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The mouthfeel is exceptional and the flavour profile is unmatched by contemporary whiskies.
    • Nose
      It has a nice, gentle medicinal quality. Bandaids and linseed oil as well as some soot and just a touch of iodine. There's some elderflower too, followed by a whiff of hay and a faint note of brine and chestnut. It's the soft peaty notes and menthol throughout that elevate this whisky. However, as I've experienced before with these very old bottles, the whisky loses its potency fairly quickly after it is poured into the glass.
    • Taste
      Quite syrupy, which is always a pleasant surprise. The peat is present again, but once more in a subtle and nonintrusive way. Touches of darker fruits like plums, but also some triple sec and cinnamon. Even some raspberries. Soft spicy notes and damp oak as well. Even some leather and shoe polish. Slightly medicinal again.
    • Finish
      Dry peat, some tar and menthol. Medium in length.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I love old blends and after trying the early 40`s Malcolm Fraser I had to test it against 3 blends I know are real quality, up to now the Huntly is my favourite blend ever.

    tasted in this order

    Malcolm Fraser;s Twelve Ages 86 proof 1940
    Haig Gold Label Liqueur Scotch Whisky 43% 1936
    Huntly Fine Old Scotch Whisky 70 proof, Slater Rodger's & Company 1947
    Bonnie Charlie 70 proof late 1950's

    1 - Malcom Fraser's
    2 - Huntly
    3 - Bonnie Charlie
    4 - Haig

    The nose on the Malcom Fraser is awesome, probably the best I have nosed ever, the Huntley is almost as good and offers a similar experience, the Bonnie Charlie is a little behind as is the Haig but they are all good.
    The thing with a lot of the quality old blends is the fatness of the palate which in the case of the Malcolm Fraser and the Huntly is massive and indicative if the high malt content in the blend.
    The Bonnie Charlie is not too far behind and has similar characteristics just not as prominent..
    The Haig is a totally different animal on the nose and especially on the palate, it has an earthy, musty and almost dirty aspect to the nose which follows through to the palate, less refined for sre but still entertaining and very different to the other 3

  7. The Macallan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A rare chance to sample whisky from that era
    • Nose
      Sweet must smell, grandpa's storage with paper- and cardboard, polished oak, steel cuttings from a drill
    • Taste
      Tastful, sweet, pastry, fruity, woody notes with a touch of smoke
    • Finish
      Spices with layers of wood and some sweetness

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=259 Color: full gold Nose: What an ingenious spice! Very distinctive with lots of smoke, leather, old cardboard, dark elderberries, full malt flavors, teabags and dry wood. Add to that a combination of old iron, machine oil and fuse - fantastic! Taste: Round, spicy and as distinctive as in the nose! Somehow a bit dark and gloomy with nuts, wood, coal, smoke, asphalt, liquorice, coffee, mocha, chocolate and creamy candies. Finish: Medium long - again with the notes of the taste fading, but getting creamier. Some tea, dry wood and a few nut aromas are left behind on the tongue - simply delicious! 91 points N: 91P / G: 92P / F: 91P


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