Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar 2019 – Door No.24

Posted 25 December 2019 by Matt / In Cambus
The Dramble reviews That Boutique-y Whisky Company Cambus 28 Year Old Batch 11

Bottle Name: Cambus 28 Year Old Batch 11

ABV: 47%
Distillery: Cambus
Bottler: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Region: Lowlands Age: 28

Merry Christmas! We won’t keep you too long here today – you’ve hopefully got people to greet and things to eat – but if you’re looking for 3 minutes away from the in-laws, we’ve got you covered. Grab a dram, find a quiet space, kick back and enjoy. We’ve had a memorable year, with over 116,000 visitors to thedramble.com, reading nearly 225,000 pages. And, of course, a true highpoint in achieving our first listing in the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2020. 

The entire Dramble team (which has grown this year!) would like to thank each and every one of you for your support, thoughts, feedback and of course your whisky passion over the past 12 months. We’re blessed to count so many of you among our friends and look forward to sharing a dram with you in 2020 – though possible not all 116,000 of you!

The 2019 Boutique-y Whisky Advent calendar has been quite the ride over the past 24 days. Indeed, it’s been a long time since we’ve posted seven-days-a-week for the best part of a month (nearly - life got in the way twice this time requiring catch-up posts)  – I’d almost forgotten how much planning and determination daily posting takes when there’s a busy social schedule and a pile of end of year ‘real’ work to get through. As such, a hearty congrats to fellow writers who’ve also undertaken the advent marathon – a few of you managed every single day like clockwork. Bravo.

So, this is it, our last post for 2019 – yes, we’ll be taking a few days off to rest and relax – and indeed enjoy a few drams without any pens, notebooks or analysis. We hope you all get plenty of opportunities for the same – just good whisky with good company. No agenda, no preconceptions – just fine times. Bliss.

Have a wonderful festive period wherever your are – see you back on the 1st January – we’ve set aside something rather spectacular to kick-start 2020 with.

Door 24 delivers us Cambus 28 year old Batch 11. 435 bottles have been produced at an ABV of 47%. They cost £114.95 each from Master of Malt.

Nose: Toffee brittle dipped apples, café latte and vanilla custard sit with creamy fudge, buttered melba toast and baked apple strudel. Running throughout, chopped walnuts, croissants, brioche and a firm vein of grain-like sawdust. Reduction adds salted popcorn, sunflower seeds and a side bowl of whipped cream.

Taste: Pear and apple tart tatin alongside vanilla custard, toasted cereals, desiccated coconut and cinema popcorn. The mid-palate adds some shaved chocolate, pain aux chocolate and notes of honey – then we’re into some nail polish and older dried oakiness, before heading towards earthiness, ginger and white pepper. The addition of water adds more prominent apples with a dusting of icing sugar, balsawood and spent coffee grounds.

Finish: Quite long with split vanilla pods, golden cereals and gentle tang of steely minerality.

So this final dram might be considered a bit of a surprise choice. It’s by no means the most exciting whisky in 2019's selection, nor the most expensive, nor the best of the bunch. It is however a solid, well-composed, well-balanced, well-aged grain whisky – almost typically so – down the line archetypal grain, until the finish which introduces some unexpected, cutting, steeliness. If you assume that the 24th treat in any Advent calendar should be something truly special then this could be considered an odd selection. But, ignoring festive expectations, I find this to be highly pleasant all the same.

Score: 86/100


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