I’ve tried a bunch of this lovely Old Perth line up now, a series that Morrison Mackay have brought us from single casks they’ve somehow managed to acquire that seem to almost always be blended malts (at birth) containing Macallan, Highland park and, sometimes, Glen Grant.
They released three in larger boxes and nicer labels, two of which I have tried, this one completes the set. I remember when they came out that Graeme Mackay had told me that the 23 was his favourite of the set and I was able to try some a while back.
Old Perth 23 44.9%
Nose: Quite complex but still fresh. Fresh orange, dry malt and oak, chocolate and some Sherry, hot black coffee poured over leather (yes, I know how that sounds), Brandy/red grape, more chocolate powder over time.
Taste: Sweet arrival, malt and gorgeous orange, great development into drier territory with leather and oak, swells really nicely. Could really be 30yo.
Finish: Medium length. Very soft finish, chocolates, chocolate powder, chocolate truffles. A real chocolate bomb on the finish.
1994, single cask blended malt. Dry whisky and great for it. Easily tastes older than 23. I love these older Sherried malts where the whiskies really have a chance to develop with the sherry over a longer time, oxidise and also are able to keep their character. Don’t really know why these haven’t flown off the shelves…
Thanks for reading!
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