Given the rising cost of pre-80’s White Horse, the next affordable old & rare-styled high-malt content blend you could look towards is Cutty Sark. I sourced a bottle online after enjoying a sample at a Malt n Copper tasting [WLP84], where I also give some info about the history of the brand.
N: You can easily spot the grain element. With a trace of OBE, there’s a distinct breadiness, pear & apple tart and a metallic slightly butyric/peppery burnt barley oiliness. Despite how that reads, it’s not a bad nose.
T: Here, the grain and malt appear fairly matched/proportioned. Slightly oily and bready, sometimes chocolatey/malty [with water in mouth], into a slight burned/toasted barley sugar sweetness and a pinch or two of white pepper. Let it sit, play with small amounts of water and an easy tasty slightly chewy mouthful ensues.
F: Candid medium-short tasty finish with just a pinch of gingery/peppery heat to compliment the [still only slightly metallic], malty-easter egg chocolate and only slightly cardboard-y barley sugars. Just needs a little softening to bring out its more favourable side.
C: Worth a punt when you find a largely ignored bottle at the tail of an online auction. I picked this one up for £21, a price point which creates stiff competition for some similarly priced often uninspired & uninspiring contemporary entry-level supermarket single malts.