Carsebridge 1962/1994 James McArthur

Battida de Coco

In 1994 independent bottler James McArthur needed a special bottle for the celebration of 500 years of whisky. They found it with an old grain distillery that had been decommissioned ten years before and had been largely demolished in the previous years. So if someone ever tries to tell you that exclusive single grains are a new thing, well think again.

CarsebridgeDescription: distilled in 1962, matured for 32years and bottled in 1994 by independent bottler James McArtur at 54,7% ABV.

Nose: a mix of sherry and old oak at first, but then slowly transforming into a fuse of varnish and roasted nuts until suddenly a mixture of vanilla and coconut milk aroma’s makes its entry, batida de coco anyone?

Mouth: rich bodied, dry sherry, varnish and old oak planks, mocha coffee, chocolate caramels and chestnuts, maybe a slight fruity touch of red berries and vanilla.

Finish: medium, cherries, Christmas pudding, sultanas, lots of cinnamon and black pepper.

The Verdict: it brings you in the mood for the winter festivities, a roaring fireplace, Christmas pudding,…
No! it’s only November, I’m not ready yet! No but in all seriousness, it is a great dram, maybe lacking a bit in depth but an excellent single grain non the less, yes I can toast to 500 years of whisky with this.

Score: 85

Nose: 21

Taste: 22
Finish: 20 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house