Haig & Haig 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
43.4 % Vol.
757 ml
Spring Cap
Bottled for
Somerset Importers Ltd, USA
Added on
26 May 2015 6:14 pm by Dram Dracula

Average value

€ 325.40

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25 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Haig & Haig 12-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.59 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    This old blend was a recommendation for Malt n Copper by [TWE] Billy, as a decent yet affordable example of what an old blend can be. A 5cl sample was generously donated to me by Spam and the Foz from a tasting I couldn’t attend, a sample I’ve been savouring/harbouring for the right moment. I heard it was a club night highlight.

    N: The descriptors I’ll be using to describe this whisky may seem similar to how I might describe many other, more contemporary whiskies, but ‘smoke’ and ‘leather’ from 1940s bottles is very different from smoke and leather from contemporary drams. With that in mind, we have some smoke, but it’s more sooty really with additional notes of bacon, slightly dusty OBE-ed oak & vegetal sweet old leathery [gherkin] brine into malty honeyed biscuits, old & slightly perished biscuit tins, a drop of apple cider vinegar, a black tar-like oily lactose note, violets, furniture polish,.,,,, much like many an old blend from this era yet vastly different in style to contemporary blended whiskies. Thankfully, this bottle is positively intact, enough to tell a tale of production methods from a bygone era. In fact, it’s up there with many dream dram old malts that appear [frequently at the G&M and whisky.auction stands, for example] at whisky shows in the form of Strathisla, Glen Grant, Longmorn,… In fact, this’ll give many of them a run for their money. For a fabulous nose becoming fabulous-er, it’s the creamy sootiness I admire the most.

    T: Just when so many of these old blends die on the palate after the arrival, this one gathers itself, forming into a [berry/nettle-leafy-vegetal-sweet sooty and briny] salivating gooey chew,,… on and on [and Ariston],….

    F: ,…. into a burnt old bitter/charcoal-ed woodiness followed by rich consolidated light-syrupy honeyed barley bitter-sweet sugars. Expect a few in-and-out waves from the arrival until the death with plenty of ashy/woody sugary ripples thereafter. Aside from the flavour action, the bone-dry salivating mouthfeel is where it’s at, a textural quality rarely found in the majority of whiskies either contemporary or old & rare.

    C: It’s easy to see why this whisky was celebrated by MnC club members. What a cracker! Would this have been so good when first bottled? With so much emphasis and interest around new distilleries at this moment in whiskey’s history – £100+ price-points for 3yo whisky with 90+ scores – it’s compelling to remember the other side. With thanks to the Foz and Spam.

  2. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A particularly successful blend from a bygone era
    • Nose
      86 86
      Leather, vanilla, orange zest, spicy and honey. Something musty too.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The legs already indicate that he is complex. Spicy, leather, oak, coffee, balsamic, cocoa. Very tasty!
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium, spicy, leather and oak.

  3. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose is memorable in a good sense like copper or lemon smoke. It has this classic nose for blends of this period, which beckon you on. The citrusy lemon notes persist through the finish. Its on the sour side for me, but still delightful. The finish is above average. I adjusted it up a point. It was worth the experience. I'll sample from time to time if available. Definitely above average.

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 21 20 21 83

    very unusual and tasty as a blend.
    Bottled 1944, testing in Limburg Whiskey Fair 2019

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=259 Color: Old Gold / Amber
    Nose: Old leather, dried orange slices, vanilla, dusty loft, old newspapers and a malty honey sweetness, which is quickly replaced by herbs and aromas of dried fruit - a fine, elegant nose!
    Taste: Soft, harmonious and yet spicy with many herbs that spread on the tongue. Tart, fruity with leather and some wood, as well as balsamic, tarragon and mint. With hints of cocoa, liquorice and coffee beans, it continues into the finish.
    Finish: maximum medium length. It does not happen much anymore - the "good" taste sounds fitting.
    91 points (Nose: 91 / taste: 91 / finish: 90)

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Somerset Importers Ltd was the US importer for Haig until 1946. So this bottle is from 1946 or earlier. 


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