Thursday 11 January 2018

North British 31 Cadenhead's Small Batch Review

Hi everyone,

More old whisky today, again from those gents over at Cadenhead’s. I don’t review a lot of grain whisky, mostly because not a lot of it comes across my path but the older stuff like this one always intrigues me. And normally it’s much, much cheaper than malts at the same age.
Remember it’s also barrelled at a higher strength so they normally keep their strength quite well over longer maturation too.
North British 31 Cadenhead’s Small Batch 55%
Colour: Straw
Body: Light
Nose: Very light, very delicate, slightly tropical, gin, juniper, orange zest, cassia bark. Very gin like actually! Lemonade too.
Taste: Nice! Creamy, vanilla, oak, some spice, but mainly cream soda, orange zest, some juniper, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Nice sharp zesty lemon.
Finish: Medium length. Drying, dry oak, soda, some lemonade, ginger beer but a little spicy.
1985, bottled 2016. Very nice grain whisky here, a really good age where the spirit is still fresh but the oak hasn’t overwhelmed it yet.

Thanks for reading!

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