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Overall rating
87.50/100
votes
6
Whiskybase ID
134379
Category
Blend
Bottler
Charles Kinloch & Co. Ltd. (ChKi)
Vintage
1950's
Strength
70 (proof)
Size
750 ml
Added on
05 Jul 2019 9:09 pm by lincolnimp

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Whisky Reviews for Bonnie Charlie Scotch Whisky

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sat in my chair deciding whether to open this old blend or not reminded me of the phrase "once more unto the breach my friends" will it be an old unremarkable affair, disappointing like the last one I opened last week or something better?
    This bottle had a good fill level and when I took the screw cap of the inside seal was almost glued onto the bottle (a good sign)

    Old blends are not for everyone but I can find no negatives with this, a quality old blend, my score will probably appear very high for malt heads but I appreciate an old blend that is well put together, just like the old Huntly blend I had from the 1940`s, and it is all about the enjoyment, not hype, price, brand, price, or anything else.
    I bet very few members on here had ever heard of this bottle before let alone seen one, just an old crappy blend perhaps, hell no, it`s a winner and an indication of how good some old blends can be
    • Nose
      88 88
      Honey, toffee , a hint of lime, wood varnish, orange peel, hot buttered toast, pastry, Weetabix, fruits gums.
      A positive start.
      After 10 minutes in the glass Belgian waffles.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy, syrupy jammy, a little spicy lips smacking, bingo :)
      A little menthol comes out, hint of barley sugar with the grain evident at the back of the tongue but this is not your average vanilla high grain content blend, there is plenty of malt on show here.
      Gets even creamier with time and a little more spice and some white pepper, really good balance, absolutely no bitterness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Good medium length, the spice lingers as does the cream/buttery notes but certainly not excessive as the fruit and spice keep it in check and more importantly balanced.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bonnie Charlie

    A little musty and old smelling, but no OBE. I agree with Linc as well that it’s high malt content. It has really stood up well to time. And what an amount of time has passed! 60+ years, a little time machine. Incredible. What I’d give to know who made this, their story. The distilleries and proportions to make up this dram. Who bought it and it’s journey. We can romanticize, let our minds wander, but we’ll never know all the details. Maybe it’s better that way. Thank you to Lincolnimp for sharing this little piece of history.

    It’s a fools errand trying to put a score to such a dram. Tastes were different in the 50’s. Much different. It was designed exactly to the tastes of its day and some things never go out of fashion. For the sake of a score I go for an 88, but a memorable 88.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft old herbs like cardamom and old celery seed. Vanilla bean, soft caramel, light coffee notes, coffee crisp. Perhaps a rose pedal. Some old cans of varnish in the distance. Some soft smoke, or maybe I’m just looking too hard. Nothing assertive about this, but that doesn’t mean it’s not completely enjoyable.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thin but very balanced. Extremely drinkable, as was its design. Vanilla wafers and ice cream. Cappuccino Foam. A touch of wax. More of the same soft herbs. Delicious.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Balanced finish. Biscuits and cream. Chocolate wafers. Thin but like any proper blend, leaves you wanting more. Tasty little piece of history, this.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 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

    Result
    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

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I recently purchased a book called `A Taste of Kinloch` published in 1961 to commemorate the 100 year centenary of their wine & spirits business.
    It is an illustrated book of 42 pages
    showing all types of wines, brandy, rum and various other things they produced with details of how everything is made and matured, only a single page was dedicated to whisky and the only bottle pictured was this one, I assume it was one of their more well known brands?
    What is interesting is it clearly states that people are not interested in single malts hence why blended whisky is popular, apparently malts are too harsh, being "rather too assertive for most people to enjoy"
    Looking at this bottle It could date anywhere from 1955 to 1965 but I suspect it is a 50`s bottle due
    to the shape and the almost flat bottle bottom.

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