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Haig Gold Label 1969

Grand Marnier

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

25th Aug 2016


Haig Gold Label 1969
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I’m sure the composition of this bottling will be close to that of the bottling in 1964 that I tasted previously. We know that Haig’s Gold Label is 60% grain. The 40% malt is mainly Linkwood and Glenkinchie. Today I get the possibility to try a bottling from 1969.

Because of the (expected) OBE, I left it to breath for a few minutes. Then I get a nice mix of dark fruit, candied oranges, nougat and candied sugar. The second whiff offers some espresso and roasted almonds. Quite pleasant.

Unfortunately it is very light on the palate. It is mostly about oranges now, with a bit of pepper and some cloves. Toffee reveals itself. A bitter edge from the wood rears its head. Leans very much towards Grand Marnier, in fact.

The finish is farily long, bittersweet and spicy.

Just a tad too bittersweet to be truly enjoyable. Thanks, Jan.

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