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Whisky Reviews for Carsebridge 1965 DL
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.30 points
- N: Following on from the Black Bull WB, lets keep the age up. This is only my second ever Carsebridge although i have four in collection, including a bottle of this - so i hope its good [no bias i can assure you]. Lets start by saying it smells fabulous. It shows exuberance despite the weight of all that maturity. There’s absolutely a lightness to its depth with a dreamy tropical [dried[ fruit salad mixed served up alongside a fruit-sweet confectionary party bag wrapped in a honeyed/corn [thin] pastry - think baklava pastry meets paratha bread,… served with warm, double,. triple vanilla ice-cream. And then the [wild] strawberries [and strawberry compote] keep[s] coming. Oh the philosopher is rising.
T: This really is an old boy. This isn’t an in-your-face, heavy varnished grain, this is a gentle old timer with no agenda, nothing to prove. This isn’t thin, but it is delicate. I just had lime jelly last night [SW] and i can concur this attains to that taste almost exactly. It appears so natural and delivers with ease. Dives into the finish with sweet corn and vanilla.
F: What a super cask, no wonder DT kept this one going year on year, unless they just found it. Sub-vanillas now with dry fruit [figs and dates] covered in an oak veil. Yeah, this is why we love whisky - to go where no palate has gone before, haha.
C: So golly, thats a pleasing grain. £267 for a 50yo? i can’t argue with that. Criticisms? If the [Black] Bull [Batch 5] was cask claustrophobic this Carsebridge is vanilla voluminous - spread over the decades. If i had the luxury, i’d blend the two and become a vanilla breathing dragon - both with their highlights and their dependancies brought on by age.
Scores a B[+]
- I am totally not convinced. The positive reviews lifted my hopes really high, but I would say that this whisky clearly demonstrates the superiority of malt over grain, despite the impressive age.
Grain, wood polish, varnish, pencil shavings, oak wood and vanilla. Not surprisingly, the notes typical for bourbons dominate here. Beyond that, there is a coat of candy floss, some grass and hay.
Sweet, white sugar, more candy floss, lemons and limes, perhaps some apricots and a hint of black tea.
Long, here it becomes fruity. No spices, no off-notes, just a nice fruit salad lingering on the tongue with some grapefruit notes towards the very end.
- Dave Broom from Scotchwhisky.com says:
NOSEThe colour is amber, suggesting a relaxed half-century in cask and, Lordy, it’s been time well spent. Fleshy fruits with a slight phenolic edge from the cask. Sweet and corn-fed fat, but with purity of fruit. A mix of the fresh tropical fruits and a sweetie counter. Subtle dry vanilla, mango smoothie, strawberry chews, green fruit pastilles. Develops beautifully. Still fully expressive after an hour, where the oils on the palate come through. PALATEMouth coating and sweet. Those green fruits now have turned into lime jelly. All you expect from the nose but with a thickness to the texture. Lightly estery, with the fruits becoming increasingly jellified [is that a word? Ed]. Ripe, naturally sweet, long.FINISHLong and fruity and still energetic. CONCLUSIONA rarity. Carsebridge distillery closed in 1983 and is rarely seen as a bottling. This is a superb example of an aged grain. RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIMECarmen Miranda’s visit to Clackmannan. (Now there’s a song I wish Michael Marra had written) In lieu of that, try this.
- I was very lucky to get a wee sample from a friend (Thank you there).This is simply fantastic. It´s so complex but with a heavy body either. Great old Single Grain!