- 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+ points. Unfortunately no notes were taken. But I remember I was flabbergasted as this was my first peated Macallan.
The line-up of this tasting was spectacular (most
bottles are not on WB and I think it makes no sense to add them):
- Dalaruan 1895 (Dalaruan was a distillery in Campbeltown founded by
Charles Colvill in 1824 and closed in 1922. It had a production
capacity of 112.000 gallons using three stills back in 1885 according to
Alfred Barnard). The label stated "Special Reserve 1895 Dalaruan -
Pure Campbeltown Malt Scotch Whisky - 20 up - David Colvill & Co. -
Dalaruan Distillery Campbeltown". It was a square dumpy bottle of dark
- Balmenach 1910. It had a handwritten label stating "BALMENACH WHISKY - 1910
12 under proof - bottled Feb 1920 - P.L". Unfortunately this bottle
did not contain any whisky anymore but just sweet sugary water instead.
Either it lost all alcohol due to evaporation (the filling level was
shoulder/body line) or someone else drank the content and refilled it
with sugared water (as sometimes Teenies do in Daddy's wine cellar).
- Irish Tasalar bottled in the 19th century (not more
known). The brown-green-red label stated "Finest Old Irish Whisky
Tasalar - Proprietors S. W. Berisford". It was an oval bottle of dark
brown glass. And yes, the word "whisky" was written without an "e"...
Irish pot still whisky, Berry Bros. 1904. The label was almost
completely damaged but "Very fine Irish whisky 1904 pot still" in the
middle of the classic old Berry Bros. label was identifyable by good
- Glen Flagler 100% Malt Pot Still Scotch Whisky N.A.S. https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/44562/glen-flagler-nas
- Balmenach 1961 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7199/1961-ca as a point of reference for the 1910 Balmenach
The pre-world-war-1 stuff (Dalaruan, Tasalar, Berry Bros. 1904, Balmenach 1910) was
all of a rather poor quality (harsh, unbalanced, uninspiring - I would
not call this whisky in our times and who knows, maybe these were fake
bottles anyhow?). So this was an interesting experience to try but nothing more. Same
with the Glen Flager. But the 1939 Macallan was a real stunner...
PS: I took pictures of these old bottles - in case someone is interested just drop an email.