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Cambus 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar - Day 3

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

4th Dec 2020


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  • Brand: Cambus
  • ABV: 50.7%
  • Batch: 10

The contents of Day 3 makes me wonder if this calendar is peaking way too early, but I guess only time will tell. We have a bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company of a 27 year old grain from long-closed Cambus. Established in 1836, Cambus was a Lowland distillery in production until 1913 when it was damaged in a fire. Brought back to life in 1938, it finally shut down for good in 1993. This was a release of 999 bottles.

The colour is a pale gold. On the nose it is somehow both sharp and bracing - the high ABV is apparent and there is some spice, but there are also green grapes, honeydew melon, chamomile, pencil eraser and delicate herbs. Slightly floral as well. The honey, caramel and vanilla are all very subtle. Three drops of water brings out a bit more fruit. Complex and enticing.

The palate is pretty hot but very creamy - toffee, thicker honey, more honeydew and buttered croissants. Hint of cinnamon. Green banana. Kumquat. A few drops of water turns up the dial a bit - however, everything here is so delicate that I'm afraid to put my glass down to hard in case everything shatters.

The long finish is spicy with chili and white pepper, and carries very delicate oak and creme brûlée. Just about everything you would hope for from an old scotch grain - delicacy, creaminess, subtlety, elegance. Near perfection.


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