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Whisky Reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky 1980 ElD
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.95 points
- Superb! Lovely (old) sherry with notes of dark fruits and honey. Very well balanced! So far the best of all (old) blends I have tried. High recommendation!
- Great whiskey. You don't have to spend 600 € or more for an almost 40 year old whiskey to get good drinking quality, my buddy and I noticed that yesterday when tasting. Yes a blend, but in my opinion it can easily keep up with other single malts in older age. Old School Leather Fats Thick Raisins Plums Great spices a great sweet and super great clean oak load. You can taste the grain content but it is very well integrated. The 46 ..% also go perfectly with this blend.
I would like to make an absolute buy recommendation for about 250 € for those over 30s have not tried whiskeys because they are usually very expensive.
- the initial price was around 230€
- Noses like a grain, performs on the palate like a malt, leaving nothing to be desired.
The grain is palpable, giving off a slightly rummy impression and intermingling with booze-soaked fruits like damsons and cherries. It's obviously sherried, yes, but also curiously fresh - almost citric - for its age; the wood is not very prominent. One does get a sense of age though, with notes of leather, wax (or polish) and marzipan rolling in behind the grainy aromas. All in all, it's a bit lighter and less "deep" than I would have liked. Still very nice, of course.
A slow starter: for a while, there's ... not much, then the wood and the sherry and the spices and the sense of old age all kick in at once, which is something to behold (a trumpet fanfare would fit nicely with this moment). Lovely acidity initially (more from the wood than the spirit, I'd wager) with a burst of exotic fruit (guava?), then an avalanche of mocha, dark chocolate, wood spices, cinnamon, cocoa powder, all enveloped in luscious grain sweetness.
Stunning, especially after the somewhat underwhelming nose.
Creamy, slightly salty: creme de caramel au beurre salé. Loooooooooong, with less wood than you would imagine.
I’m told the Elixir’s Jazz Trail moniker covers the more ‘jazzy’ spirits that the SMoS moniker does not. Namely blends, grains and the like. I’m also told Whisky Trail Vol. 4 may be teaspooned malt, possibly with another single malt.
I’m trying this for Whiskybase member pippo g, who is now called Fudschafudscha [a beer-cap onomatopoeia perhaps?].
N: With some fine ageing behind it, the profile begins with a fruity minerality. I also picked out hints of sherry-matured grain spirit with a touch of ash, thought it’s more likely char.
T: Fruity ashy oaky spirit, sugary < barley sweet.
F: Clean yet a little saline and [for me at least], more grain-like notes.
C: Overall more simple than the nose would suggest, but it’s really good all the same.