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Cameronbridge 27 Year Old Grain whisky - That Boutique-y Whisky company - Batch 3

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2019-9

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

15th Jul 2020


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  • Brand: Cameronbridge
  • ABV: 48.9%
  • Batch: 3

I just had my first physiotherapy session for my shoulder today. My doctor tells me his method of intensive physio is better than standard. I get 4 needles in my shoulder so I feel little pain (but also can barely lift my arm. Then apparently (today was a PT assessment with some exercises and laser, but next week it gets busy) they can do a lot more “damage” to me (err, make more progress) if I can’t feel it. So now it’s 6 h later and my shoulder feels heavy and I can’t really do much with it. But I’m not aware of any reason I can’t take a few sips of whisky, so…

This specimen was one of the factors in my decision to purchase the Boutique-y whisky company’s advent calendar when it went on sale for half price at the LCBO. I have limited experience with Scottish grain whiskies, though I have a few “drinks by the dram” waiting for me to get to them. This one is 27 years old and bottled at a decent ABV.

Apparently the Cameron Bridge (2 words at the time) distillery was founded in 1824. According to professor Google it is the largest and oldest grain whisky distillery in Scotland, owned, I believe, by Diageo. I do not know what cask was used.

This expression is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.

Nose: 22/25

Sweet and fruity. Dust. Strawberry soda. Raspberry pie filling. With time the strawberry becomes syrupy. Mostly high pitch notes. Pleasant, but not too complex.

Taste: 20.5/25

Dry on arrival. Sour development with some pepper. Lemon pepper? Fizzy. Not much else. Water sweetens it and I get a hint of sen-sen liquorice that goes to the early finish. (21/25)


Long. Slightly effervescent, peppery. Warm feeling down the oesophagus.

Balance: 20/25

The nose and the palate are not at all congruent. A bit too peppery and fizzy for me.

Score: Neat - 23.5/100 With Water: 84/100

This wasn’t bad. But it didn’t excite me. This is the oldest spirit in the calendar and I was kind-of hoping it would have more complexity and depth than some of the others I’ve tasted so far.

I’m beginning to think that maybe you get what you pay for when you buy something on sale…

Oh well, off to try my assigned nighttime exercises…


NamBeist commented

@Nozinan this is a very nice review. I hope your shoulder will heal soon. Get well soon ! It is time for a whisky, which comforts you. Such as Glenmorangie Signet...

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BlueNote commented

I had a taste of a Boutique-y 19 year old Teaninich last weekend. First Teaninich I've had and it was quite outstanding. If there is a sample in your advent calendar I think you will like it.

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Nozinan commented


Thanks. My shoulder is no longer numb, and I may be imagining things but doing all the exercises as directed even for only three days since, I feel like I have made some improvements.

It's funny you should mention Glenmorangie Signet. I believe I tried it once from @Victor, but I do not own a bottle. I once did....briefly....accidentally.....

Here is the story (for those who were not bored by it the first or second time around...)


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Nozinan commented

@BlueNote There IS a Teaninich in the calendar. It will come as review #21 in this series. It is the Batch 2 - 11 YO bottled at 47.9%

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RianC commented

Very enjoyable review @Nozinan of a type of whisky that gets little attention. I once sampled a 40+ year old Invergordon and it was sublime - like liquid pick n mix. It's a shame they tend to be quite pricy else I'd take a few more gambles with them.

Hope the shoulder's on the mend soon too - sounds painful!

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