Old Perth Sherry Cask Blended Malt
This is the first blended Scotch that has been part of the Dram Club and takes me away from my usual meander through a distillery's quirks, stories and heritage. Thankfully, Old Perth dates back to the early 1900s and has a story all of its own, despite not coming from one source. For those interested it is worth looking at what this is: a Scotch blended malt. This means it is produced and bottled in Scotland (Scotch), it is a mixture of two or more distillery's whisky (blended) and it contains only malted barley (malt). I am planning on doing an article on the main types of Scotch at some point, but this will suffice for the moment.
Old Perth was a product of the Thompson family in Perth. The family were well known grocers and in 1908 Peter Thompson established his own range of whisky blends. This move must have been good for business, because the grocery store swiftly evolved into a wholesale wine a spirits distributor. The blends originally were made up of Speyside, Highland and Islay malts along with North British Grain. If this were true today, this bottle would have to be called a 'blended Scotch' as opposed to malt. Peter Thompson was friendly with the Macallan distillery and, as a result of the alliance, Macallan wade it into the blends in hearty measure.
Around the 1970s there was a stagnation of the business and Old Perth was eventually dropped altogether. It would not be until 2014 when Morrison & Mackay, the independent bottlers, revived Old Perth in this Sherry Cask expression. My Notes:
Appearance: Burnt Amber
Nose: Citrus - I got desiccated candied orange peel (the type served in fancy cocktail bars in drinks). I got a dusty spice; nothing that I could pin down - The notes say brandy soaked Christmas Cake but for the life of me I was not getting that at all. The Whisk(e)y Vault, a YouTube channel that I recommend to you, said that the nose of this whisky is "musty old book shelf". I couldn't have put it better but I don't mean that in any way as a bad thing.
Taste: Sweet citrus notes on the back with a candy sweetness developing gradually with a very nice buttery/oily mouthfeel.
Finish: The dusty spice reappears on the finish after its notable absence on the initial taste. Medium length with the candy sweetness at the back which slowly bitters towards the end.