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Overall rating
87.40/100
votes
7
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
1986
Stated Age
13 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Bottled for
1986 Edinburgh
Added on
09 Nov 2015 11:16 am by RoyalScotsman

Average value

€ 0,00

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Whisky Reviews for Commonwealth Games 13-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The Commonwealth Games 13 year old is a bit of a mystery – its origins are rather opaque and its flavour palate is just as dense and cloudy. But, one thing is much more certain – it’s simply excellent whisky. I suspect that whilst this is labelled as a 13 year old, that it actually contains spirit from some much older casks – the depth of aged aromas and flavours are incredibly high – much more so than you’d expect from its listed maturity alone. It might seem from the tasting notes above that there are some crazy aromas and flavours going on here – and well, there are – but they all work incredible well together. Out the bottle, this is a big, bold whisky with huge complexity – with a little water, well, I’m on cloud nine – what a treat.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/undisclosed/commonwealth-games-1986-13-year-old/
    • Nose
      Packed full of aged notes – polish, old decayed wood and leather – and with a really interesting contrast between sweet and savoury – orange juice and dusty honey blend together with moss, mushrooms and boiled potatoes. It’s all rather malty here, and seemingly distillate-forward. That said, there’s still some overt cask qualities here – the wood seems quite dry and barkish and there’s a light application of pepper and ginger here. Other interesting aromas from brass piping and mineral chalkiness. This really shout its 1970’s style loudly – whisky isn’t really like this nowadays for the more part. The addition of water brings out some fruitiness – burnt pineapples and tangerines – but it also adds some earthy dunnage into the mix. Fascinating stuff.
    • Taste
      Woah. Where did that come from? A huge arrival (we’re going to need some water) which plays with the mouth’s ability to manage sour, bitter, spicy and sweet all at the same time. We’ll need to take some time to unpick all this. Starting with bold malty spirit, furniture polish, barley water and honey, this delivers much more wood than on the nose – it’s dry and oaky – quite sour, but not jarring against the sweeter more fruitier elements here. Ginger and particularly pepper are present now and again quite boldly delivered. With water things are much better, superb in fact. The multi-flavour assault is calmed right down and it’s now possibly to understand – balanced fruits, old wood, polished malts, earthy soils, mushrooms, with various metals (copper, brass and steel) all wrapped up in orange barley water. Exciting and challenging straight out of the bottle, with a little water, this is simply superb.
    • Finish
      Long with some astringent oak, tangy citrus and minerality. Water freshens this right up for a balanced and beautifully drying end note.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: My bottle states this as an [undisclosed] Campbeltown malt - making this either a Springbank, Glen Scotia, Glengyle wasn’t around then. It’s bottled at 46% for Eaglesome Ltd. £1.37 at auction [May ’15] Initially smelled like a blend, definitely has the ‘old style’ about it with rich, sweet, honey maltiness throughout. Later, murky bourbon oak notes show too [cocoa covered mushrooms]. Theres a huge malty, veggie stock strain running throughout creating a wonderful counter to the honeyed malt sweetness. There are some much older casks here and some old style oak for sure. This is rather lovely and rather superb.
    T: This baby can take water and its most recommended as theres rather some power to this malt with the bold spirit arrival quickly matched by vibrant oak. Its in quite a rush to unravel itself with bitter/sour, malty=oaky, veggie mite notes showing into the finish. Adding water sorts out its urgency issues and tightens up the whole presentation, 
    F: Bitter, zingy, vibrant, dry wood seem to dominate the finish but theres another wave of softer bourbon finishing notes. Adding water and time will bring out the fresher bourbon notes and a big maltiness at the end with a murky [dunnage] reprise.
    C: Whatever it is, its lovely stuff.

    Scores a B [87]

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