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Overall rating
87.10/100
votes
12
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Findlater Mackie Todd & Co. Ltd. (FlMT)
Bottling serie
Scotch Malt Whisky
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
43.0 (gradi)
Size
750 ml
Added on
09 Sep 2015 2:34 pm by RoyC
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Whisky Reviews for Findlater's 08-year-old - Mar Lodge

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Findlater’s 8 Year Old Mar Lodge 75cl 43%

    Information is sparse on the internet about this malt, so I tested my sleuthing skills. If you google this whisky, many bottles that look the same fluctuate between the old English proof system and the adapted alcohol by volume. The latter coming into effect as of January 1, 1980. Some bottles even have both the proof and abv with the imperial and metric volumes. This was a common practice right around the change for people to adapt to the new system. I would personally guess this to be bottled in the early 80’s (of course I have been wrong many times before in my life). So we can reasonably assume this vatted malt was distilled in the 70’s. I believe there is malt in here much older than 8 years, which could put it being distilled into the 60’s. Very cool.

    According to the back of the bottle Mar Lodge means 3 things: A royal residence on the head water of the River Dee, a famous salmon fishing fly, and a superb scotch whisky...let’s see about the last one.

    N: Decadent. It’s full and rich with absolutely no rough notes or alcohol. Certainly not today’s “8 year old”. Creamy chocolate cherry ice cream. Walnuts, raisin, banana bread without the banana. Something of a Campbeltown feel with damp wool and soft minerals.

    P: Creamy as the nose promised. Raisin, cherry, milk chocolate and coffee notes. Some crushed rocks that bring memories of Campbeltown again. Dare I say the word that shan’t be mentioned... it’s smooth as hell.

    F: Very short finish, but pleasant on chocolate and creamy coffee notes with a salty edge. No off notes whatsoever.

    If this is your supermarket house malt of yesteryear, give me a time machine. My grandma used to make a Christmas cake with nuts, raisins, dried fruits and cherry, baking spices. It’s like drinking that memory. No modern spikes of flavour here (like todays Octomore’s or A’bunadh’s) I would keep an eye on this stuff at auction. A cork chucker. Thank you again to my friend for the sample.

    89/100

    A brief history of Findlater’s:

    1797 - Alexander Findlater is born (one of 11 children to a Scottish farmer father)
    Alexander’s uncle (also named Alexander) was Robert Burns supervisor of excise in Dumfries.
    1823 - A. Findlater moves to Dublin and starts up a business as a whisky merchant. Then expanding to teas, ales and wines.
    1838 - Well established in Ireland Alexander expands to London into the lucrative English wine market with partner Ivie Mackie.
    1856 - Business expands again with other partners including Bruce Beveridge Todd (forming Findlater, Mackie, Todd & Co)
    1863 - The company moves to a spot facing the London bridge, known for generations as Findlater corner.
    1873 - Alexander Findlater dies forming the start of a legacy that can still be seen today on whisky bottles, trendy restaurants, and street signs.
    1873 - present - Upon his death, Bruce Todd bought part of his business and grew it with his three sons for the better part of 94 years, peaking in the 1960’s with almost 50 locations around London. They sold the business in 1967 to Bulmers who sold the retail branches off before being acquired yet again 3 years later, this time to the Beechum Group. Findlater, Mackie, Todd & Co was purchased in 1993 by the Waitrose & Partners (a giant British supermarket chain) a subsidiary of John Lewis Partnership (83,000 employees, £10.2 billion revenue 2018). Findlater’s gave rise to waitrose-direct and then waitrose cellar in 2015, which has delivered over 3.5 million bottles of wine since.

    This bottle holds a royal warrant from the Queen. So who can hold a royal warrant?
    “Companies can apply for a Royal Warrant after they have supplied the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales with goods or services for at least five years out of seven” - royalwarrant.org
    *The queen has granted a total of 686 royal warrants
    *Royal warrants are only awarded to tradesmen.
    *Current holders are Berry Bros & Rudd (The Queen, Prince of Wales) and Laphroaig (Prince of Wales)
    * I cannot find any information as to when the royal warrant was awarded to Findlater, Mackie, Todd & Co, and when it was removed.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  A find in a dark corner of my cellar and I can not resist to open it on the spot.  I bought this very old bottle of vatted malts for 20 Euro in June, 2005.

    This is completely old-stylish and (therefore) extremely quaffable (that is why whisky was produced in older times:  To enjoy it without "analysis paralysis").  Great stuff for small bucks - if you do not like it please send me your bottle and you will get a fine modern single malt in exchange for that from me...

    PS:  My best guess is the malts in this dram were produced in the late sixties or early seventies and that some of them are much older than the stated 8 years.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is amontillad and the texture shows fat tears with slow legs. The nose offers a fine mix of different old-style profiles like clean sherry, fruity bourbon and herbal-floral whatsoever... I like this, not just the old style but the mixture too. It is not bold but very delicate and complex, an excellent dram to train your olfactory cells and taste buds.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is creamy and chewable with fine sherry flavours (that remind me of old Glenfarclas bottlings), fruits and spices. Not the most complex but very delicious.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The whisky arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with no distracting moment, really good! The finish is of medium length, more spicy (chili) with some drying moments (ashes). Water is not needed.

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Another cool old blend, the sample is slightly spoiled in flavor. (88)
    • Nose
      Ripe exotic fruits, waxes, dead mice in a glue trap ... dried pear, citrus notes, a drop of acetone and spices (21)
    • Taste
      Oily, spicy, juicy ... dried fruit and cream (22.5)
    • Finish
      Creamy finish, fruit, leather, orange, biscuit and vanilla, bitterness of tartar and wax, butter and salt (22.5)

  4. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This has a really nice mouthfeel, on the palate it has a nice citrus tang, lip smacking stuff.
    At auction do not ignore older blends and certainly not blended malts, there is some nice stuff out there and this is a good example of that,
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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