’And I saw, behold it was a white horse... and hell followed with him.’
And if by ‘hell’ we mean Lagavulin, that quote would make sense. (I’ve been playing too much FarCry 5…)
Old White Horse Blended Whisky is pretty sought after because the blend reputedly contained a lot of Lagavulin. The stuff made in the 60’s & 70’s may even have contained some Malt Mill. This is a little too early for that but fascinating to try all the same.
Many thanks to Andrea (the old blend aficionado) for letting me try this.
White Horse 1950's 43%
Nose: Musky and ethereal, very old grain whisky notes, oak and cream, soft and complex, soot and apple, musky cologne, a little 'old bottle effect' with this dusty fruit note. Not much smoke that I can see.
Taste: Soft arrival, oak and spice, creamy grain, biscuit then some smoke, ginger beer, nice spice. The lemon is still alive. A little more smoke here but I’d be hard pressed to say it was from Lagavulin.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Creamy grain then the ginger beer tingles.
Spring cap! What a rarity. Amazing to be able to try but to me this tastes like 90% 20yo grain whisky and less than 5% young Islay whisky. No idea of the true proportions but the grain is really dominant with the creamy/biscuit notes, only allowing a little of the smoke to come through as a subtle sootiness.
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