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Overall rating
90.00/100
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1
Whiskybase ID
127379
Category
Blend
Bottler
Campbell, Hope & King (CH&K)
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Proof Strength
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10 Mar 2019 5:02 pm by lincolnimp

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Whisky Reviews for Campbell's Special Reserve

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is what the bottle looks like

    https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/28401/campbells-special-reserve-bot1960s

    There are not many 1960`s blends at 100 proof so I was eager to try this one.
    Profile wise it reminds me of 1940`s-50`s White Horse but with more going on.
    A great surprise, if I see a bottle I will be buying it.
    In blend language this is out the top draw,
    Unfortunately I have never seen this particular bottle on an auction.
    • Nose
      88 88
      There is a slightly musty (in a good way) interplay of flavours on the nose, some OBE for sure.
      White fruits, a little honey, a little oak, hints of lemon and grapefruit with some wafer thrown in.
      This seems to grow in the glass, white chocolate emerges after a few minutes with hints of menthol.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Creamy, full fat and powerful with some salty peat at first and the initial mouthfeel is one of quality, great.
      The cream keeps growing on cake, biscuit but the peat also increases and it has a load of white pepper in the mix with a nice icing sugar edge.
      Fruit wise there a little pineapple, , lemon and some limoncello.
      This is crisp, fruity, sharp peat but what is so impressive is the balance, real quality.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, fruity, peaty finish that stays fresh to then.

      With a water the nose is more distant, as if the edge has gone and the palate has lost its peat. white pepper edge but it is even sweeter
      I think this is better neat.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Apologies this is a full proof bottle at 57.1% `Proof Strength` written on label, wrong info on bottle page when I submitted it.

    Info from Scotchwhisky,com

    The name Campbell, Hope & King will be familiar to devotees of old bottles of Macallan. Before the famous Speyside distillery began laying down stock for releasing its own single malts in the 1970s, drinkers had to rely on independent bottlers like Campbell Hope & King and Gordon & MacPhail, both in Elgin.
    Campbell’s of Elgin Special Reserve was originally sold as a ‘liqueur whisky’ before World War II. By the 1960s it had become ‘blended Scotch whisky’, bottled at ‘proof strength’ (57.1% abv) with the words ‘special reserve’ highlighted on a red stripe.
    There were at least three other whiskies called Campbell’s, bottled by F.E.R Dixon & Sons of Glasgow, Greenhill Macleod & Co of Inverness and Campbell & Clark of Glasgow and London. Consumers may well have been confused.

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