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Overall rating
89.49/100
votes
150
Whiskybase ID
WB144599
Category
Blend
Distilleries
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
1976
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
42 years old
Casktype
20 yo Finish in Oloroso Sherry Butt
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
19-6359 259
Added on
13 dec 2019 5:39 pm by zholthran
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 354.92

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky 1976 MBl

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    76 blend with long-term Oloroso finish - you don't have that in your glass every day.
    First behave a bit in the nose. Lots of oak, cognac notes, raisins and balsamic vinegar. Over time, dry plums, floral grain sweetness, a little nut and dry Oloroso wine sweetness are added. But wood is the dominant factor. The old age is clearly there and the aromas are super deep and interwoven.

    In the mouth then a softer, then more and more spicy approach. Lots of dry sherry notes, walnut and olive oil, thickened grape must and plum, old wood.
    Strangely, the finish comes with a subtle grain note and vanilla before the wood strikes again. Very dry and stimulating saliva with Oloroso Sherry notes, but the finish is dominated by old wood, bitter oak and a little tannic acid. Unfortunately only medium length.

    Really great nose and a sharp aroma profile with real age and still wums. Maybe a little too much wood, but that's a matter of taste. I think the top is a little more exhausting than comparable blends. Stop something challenging for us malt heads. However, it is not a must-have.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I was not disappointed, in spite of the high grain content it was really delicious and of course a top PLV for a 42 year old whiskey.
    • Nose
      A very large aroma density suits you, the grain influence is there, no question, this typical grainy sweetness resonates, but there is much more, the sherry has made a good impression in the 20 years, dark chocolate, of course also dark fruits, Raisins, the sherry comes rather dry and offers a good counterpart to the grain, a little vinous, spice, in the background peppermint, also cherry, a little tobacco, with a little air there are also orange notes, which then also play right at the front
    • Taste
      starts creamy, sweet with sherry, raisins, chocolate, slightly tart, pleasant, a little oak, but not as much as I would expect after 42 years, with a second sip more wood, also now a little grain, a great mouthfeel, like a delicious one Dessert, no burning, top alcohol, but still enough intensity
    • Finish
      very creamy, a lot of dark chocolate, and only here a hint of grain that brings sweetness, but there was more in the nose at the beginning, still dark fruits, invites you to linger

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Old and solid, fruity and tart at the same time, a grain portion cannot be denied and gives this bottling a special character. Tastes and thrilled!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Creamy amber shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, occasional long and oily "legs" retreat into the glass. Roasted aromas are slightly smoky and malty, the initially dark fruit note intensifies and becomes noticeably sweeter and fruity, a mix of yellow and tropical fruits supported by voluminous alcohol, sugar and vanilla. Apricots and plums, followed by typical grain sweetness with a lot of grain and vanilla, light floral influences with a wonderfully restrained sherry aroma.
    • Taste
      Sweet caramel with dark fruit tones and roasted hazelnuts, lots of pepper with a subtle spiciness on the tongue, zest from old citrus fruits, meadow herbs with dried raisins and dates. The taste is extremely complex, fruity with a floral touch and an unmistakable grain aroma. After a few moments the sweet fruity note fades and dark, tart fruity notes emerge. Sour cherries, currants, meadow herbs, spicy wood tones with a nutty aftertaste.
    • Finish
      The intense fruit aromas stick to the palate for a long time to be cozy and warm and end up tart on the tongue after a while. Creamy, sweet and tart at the same time, spicy with muted fruit aromas, now and then sour fruit aromas appear.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    -Blind tasting-
    A very nice whiskey - or is it rather whiskey? Whether the fact that it looks very similar to some Irish over 20s in its selection of flavors, I would want to locate its origin on the green island.
    • Nose
      A sweet and grainy greeting to the nose. Warmed marshmallows, caramel-cream candies, toffee, cookie dough. Banana, mango and passion fruit - with its fruity note reminiscent of an old Irishman, especially since a very pleasant flavor comes after a while.
    • Taste
      Dry and spicy start, not too strong. Immediately the tropical fruits again, here now mixed with pepper, nutmeg, thyme and cardamom to create a spicy fruit compote. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, freshly ground coffee beans. Also on the tongue with a grainy sweetness. A hint of sugar beet syrup.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Not too dry, but still with a good portion of wood on the way. Here the fruits, there the spices, a beautiful, long interplay of flavors.

  5. captain_k scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    @ Noface83: Thanks for the great description. But: "However, it is not a must-have." But ... for 1976 vintages already ;-)

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A lovely bottling, to be sure, but the high proportion of grain makes it more mellow and soft than I like my +200 € bottles to be. Simply too expensive to nonchalantly sip it as it is inviting you to...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Less intrusively grainy on the nose than the 1980/2019 Blended Scotch from Elixir Distillers (WID 136057), which I'm comparing this with, though the grain is unmistakably there. Warm wood up front, and the long-term sherry finish is also making its presence felt. Roasted and candied nuts, caramel, honey, milk chocolate: it's sweet for sure, and very lush and "creamy". However, it's the kind of nose that invites you to (come on and) take the first sip (already), not one that urges you to keep smelling it in order to plumb all its hidden depths. Nice enough, and obviously old, yes, but also very mild and smooth.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Super soft and syrupy arrival; the grain provides a very creamy and lush mouthfeel. Starts sweet and fruity, then the oak comes in, with a nice peppery touch and dark, charcoal notes that morph into high-cocoa-content chocolate and coffee aromas. I feel like I‘m getting the Ben Nevis influence at the very end, which is fun. Goes down like a good, low-strength cognac: very fruity and sweet with no burn at all. Again, very mellow and understated, perhaps even a bit too much so for the dyed-in-the-wool malt snob, who may also wish for a longer and more pronounced development on the palate. The succession of flavors is lovely, but also kind of swift. For around 250 € a bottle, you're left wishing the experience would be longer.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Maple syrup, icing sugar, honey, almond paste, sweetened coconut milk. In a word: creamy. Long, but when taking the age into account, it's not very well-defined, becoming vague (for lack of a better word) pretty quickly.

  7. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An advent calendar door opens into the golden past ... Very tasty and immediately convincing. Invergordon comes through stronger than the specified single malts.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pre-Christmas dessert: vanilla croissants, cinnamon waffles, the whole program. A slight rum note behind it indicates the Invergordon.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft and gentle, slightly oily and again the vanilla and cinnamon notes with rum raisins, all very subtle.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The pleasant, mouth-watering sweetness remains for a very long time.

  8. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Creamy-fruity, sweet, spicy, the tree is also noticeable, but nice 23-23-22-22

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Intense & Waxy
    This blend has remained under the radar a bit I think, for it is still available. Admittedly, 300 EUR is not cheap, but when you know that all components are from 1976 and matured for at least 42 years, almost half of that on oloroso sherry butts, then it seems quite reasonable. And it’s very good too! It consists of the following malts and grain: Ben Nevis, Clynelish, Teaninich, Macduff, Dailuaine and Invergordon.

    The nose is soft and accessible and I must admit that I smell mostly the grain, but that doesn’t bother me. Raisin, banana, pencil shavings, peach, cherry and tobacco. It quickly turns a little creamy and softly seasoned. I even get some dessert wine on the nose, followed by orange liqueur. This is very pleasant.

    The arrival is honeysweet and quite intense flavor wise, nicely waxy and a tad piquant on cloves. The fruit from the nose returns, while the oak adds a bitterness without dominating. This is pretty lovely after 42 years of maturation.

    While the finish starts juicy and adds some dark chocolate, it slowly turns dry, but far too late to crash this party.

    Exceptional blend that was finished on great wood… if you can call that a finish. That’s more a second maturation, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway: top dram!

  10. Doppelpass scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good dram - certainly not a must-have

  11. Marc1976 scored this whisky 73 points Member Junior

    Very pleasant on the nose but unfortunate for me the taste was disappointing. Very watery, bitter aftertaste and also sour. I expected allot from this whisky but i honestly must say i have tasted better whisky’s from the Maltman.

  12. Simon Stood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An interesting batch came out. The aroma and taste are closer to Highland. Sufficiently rich, berry-fruity. The declared age would be difficult to guess blindly. Feels like 30+.
    22-23-22.5-22.5

  13. tomrules scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, well balanced, perfekt vol%. Best whisky I tasted in a very long time

  14. TP_Wtr scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Vince scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    1000th tasting note so needs a bit of a special whisky. 42 Year old, oldest one I have had for long while.
    Really good. Probably the best grain/malt blend I have tried and probably the oldest blend also. Some typical old sherry, but with some refreshing flowery and citrus notes in there. Spicy and slightly old oak (chewing red wood splinters) towards the end, but somehow the concoction works OK. Very fragile. With water it literally waters down.
    Kindness of Mr Lee of Duke Contemporary Art Space.

  17. Ralf777 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  18. Sproaks scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Blind tasting

    N:
    Winegums, sweet, Strawberry

    T:
    Sweet, Stawberry, Winegums

    F:
    Strawberry, Winegums, Sweet

    Not my type of Whisky. Maybe some continental stuff?
    Young and untame.

  19. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A blend today from the Blender's glass. Grain and malt were married here as far as I know.
    The grain content is immediately noticeable on the nose, a slight note of glue. Despite the relatively low volume percentage, there is already a slight alcohol tinge from this glass. Flowery notes, sweet and very spicy. Whole milk and nut chocolate.
    Extreme in the mouth, almost penetratingly spicy, with a floral note, rose water, herbs, fig compote. Here the alcohol is now well integrated, maybe the alcohol tinge was due to the concentration of aromas in the glass. Nut chocolate again, some wet wood and old balsamic vinegar. Astringent very quickly, the wood notes take over the upper hand. If I found the grain portion dominating in the nose, the influence of malt is more noticeable in the mouth. In the finish, still very spicy in the mouth, pepper, nutmeg and cocoa.
    Really nice blend, considering the age also a good price-performance ratio, for me not an absolute high-flyer, the spicy aromas are a tad too dominant for me. But very tasty 89+ points.

  20. EJS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Nice sweetness, tea notes. Some fruit and sherry.
    Taste: Wax, Barrel felt, of course. Creamy flavor. Also noticeable fruit on the tongue. Quite an intense aroma. Nice to receive.
    Rating: 89 | 100 A fairly long finish with an aroma of honey.Nice thing

  23. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. wouterk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. Pins scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. waal scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Oh, I like that nose. I like the different nuances of the malt, the grain, the finish, the barrels. The first time I smell it, delicious rum comes straight to my mind. Sweet rum pot! This impression is supported by the flattering vanilla. The rum changes over time towards brandy. Armagnac, cognac - yes, this direction is very clear.
    The aroma journey continues intensely dark fruity. Cherries, apricot jam, Sacher cake with a dark chocolate coating and some espresso powder on it. In the background I make out a delicate hint of lemon.
    This contrasts with a noticeable dull impression. Something seems "not quite right". Is that the grain? But I like old grain very much. Hmmm - vlt. is it just the composition of the blend that is not 100 percent smooth?

    Mouth / outlet / Nachschmecken:
    Fruity, fresh, cooling and subtly tingling, the blend runs over the tip of the tongue. Slight dryness and a little bitterness spread in the mouth. Typical sherry flavors (nutty, chocolate, berries, etc.) are also present, but more as an accompaniment than as a soloist. If these aromas were much more present in the nose, they are just bycatch in taste.
    Unfortunately, the whiskey gets watery relatively quickly and is overall not very exciting. Too bad, because I would have wished / hoped for a lot more creaminess and complexity. The nose would have actually held out the prospect!
    With cold coffee, roasted aromas (nuts) and shallow iced coffee, we head towards the finish where the blend disappears too quickly with a hint of cognac and sugar.

    Conclusion:
    A really exciting bottling with a great story. Take a look at the distilleries mentioned here, which are represented in this blend. Then matured from 1976 and 42 years with a generous Oloroso finish. The key data are damn good. The nose easily meets expectations. In the mouth, the blend does not live up to hopes. My 12yo blend from Cadenhead isn't really that bad.

    87 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. MadScientist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

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