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Been off travelling, some good drinks too. 50s and 60s Bowmore, 60s Laphroaig, 60s Ardbeg, 60s Highland Park, 1972 Brora

Visiting some friends, and drinking some great old bottles. A pictorial record:

 

 

Bowmore 1957 / 1990 Moon Import 40%

Such elegance and nervous poise. I think of another very fruity 50s Bowmore..

 

Bowmore 31 yo bottled in 1989 ~ an “Intertrade” label 43%

Less overt fruit, more phenolic though a little muddled and oaky to be called great.

 

Bowmore 35 yo 1966 Kingsbury 43.7%

Exaltingly exuberant. Beautiful old Bowmore.

 

Bowmore 35 yo 1966 / 2001 Hart Brothers 43.7%

Neither age nor abv seems to hold back these old Bowmores, though a bit of a step down.

 

Bowmore 22 yo Seagulls ceramic ~ 1995 43%

Not a fruity style here, find salt and phenols instead. I expected better though.

 

Pride of Orkney 12 yo Gordon & Macphail 40%

We’re guessing Highland Park. Salty sea air, light rooty phenols and dried green things.

 

Highland Park 27 yo 1968 Hart Brothers 43%

Thick raisin-ed and cognac-like.

 

Brora 25 yo 1975 / 2001 Douglas Laing 43%

Waxy, oily somewhat disconcertingly clean though hints of peat and gravel poke through the mounds of dried grass.

 

Glenlivet 1939 Gordon & Macphail 40%

That it’s still alive impresses me greatly. Old rancio-ed sherry style.

 

Glenfiddich 18 yo Superior Reserve gold decanter 43%

MUCH better than any other 18 that came after. Lighthearted but honeyed and weighty-oily on the palate, a far cry from the spiritous waifs of today.

 

Laphroaig 19 yo 1969 Sestante Ships label 51.9%

Not terribly impressed despite the pedigree. I am willing to attribute this to being the last pour in the bottle. Short on fruits, full on salt, puzzling about the smoke.

 

Ardbeg 32 yo 1967 / 1999 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 47.5%

Earthy-pungent old Ardbeg full of rancio and half sunken boggy things.

 

Ardbeg 29 yo 1967 / 1996 Kingsbury #922 54.6%

Frighteningly massive amounts of smoke, oily earthy peaty and thick resinous old sherry, no wonder it carries such a reputation.

 

Bowmore Malt House Bowmore

No other information available, those who know know. Not the best Bowmore though.

 

Brora 22 yo 1972 Rare Malts 61.1%

Are you kidding. A phenomenal and utterly astounding beast.

 

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