White Horse Blend (Bottled 1922)
So if one of your friends, who you regularly share bottles of whisky with, suggests chipping in for a bottle White Horse blended in 1922, the answer just has to be yes doesn't it?!?
The White Horse blended whisky was named after the White Horse bar in Edinburgh, which just happens to be next door to my current place of work, so yet another reason why this is a dram I wanted to try.
Rumoured to contain Malt Mill, that elusive dram, as well as having Lagavulin as one of its major constituent elements, this was bottled almost 100 years ago, and distilled in the 1910s which is seriously messing with my head.
The proof will likely have dropped a little in the bottle over this time and it was certainly an interesting evening watching Chris (@chrismiles303) opening this bottle on periscope as it was a driven cork requiring a corkscrew to open.
Oh My F#$€in Goodness this is good stuff, it's got a hint of everything, sweetness, fruit, floral notes, milky and buttery notes then those gentle puffs of smoke come in and wrap around to hug you.
I really don't think I'll ever have the chance to sample anything as old and interesting as this again, although I really hope I'm wrong with that, but I also now want to pick up and try older blended whiskies to give them a try.
Thanks to Chris (@chrismiles303) for organising this share, and for the picture as I've nicked that from him too.
Initially this comes across as a little closed, there's a gentle puff of smoke, and a touch of sweet floral notes, a prickle of spiced malt loaf, a little oily and buttery. Left in the glass to open up it goes much sweeter, allowing some more floral notes and juicy sweet fruits to come through, tangy citrus peel and gentle Edinburgh rock fruitiness, there is a hint of smoke still wrapping it's warming arms around this dram, exquisite stuff.
Gentle soft sweet peat, ozone and light puffs of smoke, wine gum flavouring, floral and slightly chalky, some dusty tangy orange peel and a light nip of pepper along the lips. Left in the glass to open up this softens even more, some light oily notes come in, this reminds me a little of springbank but with added floral sweetness,
Juicy sweet wine gum like flavours, with puffs of light smoke, really long lasting, goes on forever.
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