Ah a grain whisky – where’s Phil Storry when you need him? This time around we’ve got a single hogshead of three decade old Cameronbridge hailing from 1992. An outturn of 276 bottles – but sold pretty quickly given the keen price vs. age. I can still see a single bottle over at the Whisky Shop Dufftown for £88.95 if you’re quick.
Nose: Bright tangy fruits from the off – pineapple chunks, orange zest and apricot halves – all supported by creamy coffee, waffles, Rich tea biscuits, vanilla and freshly shaved oak. Water reveals wood lacquer alongside a touch of nail polish remover together with a bigger orange influence from Triple Sec.
Taste: Café latte and toffee sauce join mandarin segments whilst split vanilla pods sit with milk chocolate, digestive biscuits and growing cask spice from freshly grated ginger. Dilution favours the cask with chocolate-y oak an drying spice from ginger power.
Finish: Medium with vanilla custard, chocolate and fresh coffee grounds.
A simple but quite lovely well-aged Cameronbridge that offers both great balance and (if you can find it) good affordability. The sort of grain whisky I’d be putting in front of a non-grain believer.