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Glen Mhor 26 yo 1965 Prestonfield #202 56% vs Glen Mhor 1978 / 1989 Gordon & Macphail Cask 65.3%

Glen Mhor 26 yo 1965 Prestonfield #202 56%

The old style sherry here is a fitting velvet glove for the adamantine fist of the Glen Mhor. First you luxuriate in the richness of the praline and dark chocolate syrup, and lavish purple fig and sultana compote. Images of sherry soaked wood, soot, motor oil, dunnage earth and a host of dry notes tell you this was a genuine old butt. But despite all this, it’s in no way loose or flaccid. A firmness holds the lushness to a taut structure, the densely malty and oily spirit is an iron scaffold upon which these charms are hung. In fact past the guile of the sherry, its rugged soul is full of savoury green herbs and hearty stew, the wholesome meaty sort to chew on.

Glen Mhor 1978 / 1989 Gordon & Macphail Cask 65.3%

An 11 year old, and no gloves this time it seems… Right, no really, how did they in 1978 make a whisky that, at the tender age of eleven and 65.3%, manages to be so distressingly characterful and yet without any feints, off notes or hyper oak that accompany so many young malts today. This Glen Mhor is schooling me: A powerful emulsion of an oily-dirty whisky chock full of phenols and dry earth. Sooty but cold hurricane lamps and spilt motor oil. Dry grass, stripped rattan, incense resins, bunsen burners and a savoury stewed aspect that clings to the inside of the glass and the tongue.

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