Carsebridge 1964

Gleann Mor

This very special little sample landed on my desk completely out of the blue a few days ago with a note stating “Simon suggested you might enjoy this!”. And Simon was right. The folks at Gleann Mor Spirits Company have managed to get their hands on a rather special cask from the long-closed distillery of Carsebridge.

The distillery was established in the late 1790s and initially produced malt whisky before shifting to grain whisky in the 1850s, in response to the growing global demand for blended whisky. It quickly became a powerhouse distillery, and was one of the founding members of DCL in 1877. Following a huge fire in 1902 it briefly closed, but reopened 9 months later and was subject to modernisation and expansion in the 1960s and 1970s. Its life, like many other DCL distilleries, was brought to an end in the cull of 1983, which included the demise of Port Ellen, Brora and Dallas Dhu. Having been closed for 30+ years, and with much of its whisky going into blends, liquid from Carsebridge is in short supply. Sitting before me is a rather special single cask from 1964, bottled in 2016 as a 52yo. Here goes…

Carsebridge 1964 52yo
Gleann Mor Spirits Company
Single Cask
164 bottles only
41.9% ABV
Probably only available at auction

Nose: Butterscotch, toffee apples, caramel fudge, and Belgian waffles – really sweet and delicate. Then there’s Crunchie Bars, fruit pastels and Milk Tray chocolates.

Palate: Silky smooth mouthfeel, with runny toffee, vanilla fudge and caramel barrels. Some ripe fleshy fruits too – strawberry, peach and passionfruit. There’s a hint of sweet oak and some subtle, gentle spice.

Finish: Long, lingering sweetness. A touch of honey, with caramel and sweet oaky notes.

Overall: Well, that was a privilege. Layers of juicy sweetness underpinned with just the lightest notes of oak and spice. Gentle and refined. Complex yet focussed. A real pleasure. Simon, you were right.

Tiger

 

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