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Overall rating
89.77/100
votes
122
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

€ 297.42

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky 1976 MBl

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.77 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. 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 ;-)

  4. Doppelpass scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good dram - certainly not a must-have

  5. 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.

  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 Expert Senior

    A door opens into the golden past ...
    Very tasty and immediately convincing in the mouth.
    Invergordon gets through more than the specified single malts.
    Otherwise I can only sign the sheet music from Noface83.

  8. EJS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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

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