Haig Gold Label – 1960’s bottling

Usually, old bottles of strong spirits take time to settle down and become dinkable after you open them up. This one was completely undrinkable even after a couple of hours, and I disliked it so much that I closed the bottle and put it back on the shelf. We’re half a year later now, and it’s time to see if we managed to domesticate this monster.

Nose: Pfff…Finally it smells like whisky. And like sherry. Very promising. This one has that classic dry and salty sherry nose that you get with older blends. Very beefy and also slightly fruity, with peaches and dried prunes. Also almond, cold espresso, and something very remotely medicinal. No smoke and no peat though. Very nice.

Palate: Whereas the nose smells like a good single malt, the palate is that of fairly ok blend. dry and slightly waxy, with some treacle and sultanas. Round. Sweet and bitter.

Finish: rather short and sweet, and also pretty hot. It’s bottled at 43.5%, but you would say it’s stronger.

A nice and beefy sherried blend, but not stunning. I think this is a good example of bad bottle maturation. It has a lot of character, especially when you considering that in it’s day this probably was a pretty middle of the road blend, but you just know it has seen better days.

Rating: 60-80 out of 10

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