This is a 45 year old single bourbon cask bottling from the Carsebridge distillery, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Clan Denny grain series. This distillery, like so many others, was closed in 1983.
Cask: #HH 7500
Nose: light citrus, limey and minty. It has kind of an irish feel to it at first sniff. Some vanilla, oatmeal, sweet wood oils, lemon oils. Tastes really fresh for a 45 year old. Very interesting stuff. Quite sugary. Classic bourbon notes from the casks are all over the place, you can practicaly taste the bourbon.
On the palate, salt potato chips, honey and maplesyrup, berries. Gooseberries, lychee and green grapes. With water, gooseberries become more prominent.
This one does not need water, drowns easily. I find this interesting to try, not only because it’s the oldest whisky I’ve ever tried, but also because I found it very educational to see how the relatively neutral grain spirit reacts to the cask without all the “fat” from malted grains.