Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Bottling serie
Lost Drams Collection
Stated Age
29 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Sep 2016 5:15 pm by Dave-V&M
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 172.50

6 × in wishlist

12 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caledonian 1987 V&M

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.67 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Sweet & Sour

    Never heard of Valinch & Mallet? Not to worry, they have not been active on the whisky market for long. The company is run by two Italians, Davide Romano and Fabio Ermoli, with a preference for single cask whisky (but also rum) and they have a couple of nice releases out there, both single malt and single grain. I will try their Caledonian 1987. It is a Lowland single grain you do not see often. The distillery closed its doors in 1988.

    The nose is sweet and sour on yellow fruit and green herbs. Some toasted oak and white fruit, including coconut, precede vanilla, ginger and varnish. It certainly is not as candy-like as I would expect and that is a plus. It makes for an interesting nose indeed.

    It is wonderfully creamy on the palate and quite fruity. Next to some white fruit, I also get hints of exotic fruit. Thnk pineapple and even some mango. The typical bourbonny notes are prevalent, but still. It also sports a hint of menthol. Quite pleasing as grains go.

    The finish is fairly long, with a sweet start and a sour death.

    This is a very good, but mostly very interesting grain whisky. Not cheap, though, but then again what whisky from a closed distillery is nowadays? And let’s not forget that this matured for almost three decades. If grain is your thing, then this is your dram.

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    you do not see Caledonians that often, always fun to taste
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. keizerjos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Definitely a grain. Listened to the boss (MS, Gouda), poured in, tasted, left for three hours, tasted again. Wonderfully sweet in smell and taste. The time factor adds a lot. Becomes less sweet and more spicy, Tobacco, vanilla, butter. Little 7-up tingling. Superbe.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I really like grain whisky especially when it's really old and layered, or with special casks for that extra dimension. This one is a good and tasty dram, but misses that extra old stuff or something different.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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