Monday 23 December 2013

Tasted #58: Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky

A few days ago we wrote about the Australian re-release of Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. As promised, here are the tasting notes...

Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky (47.3% ABV, NAS, Highlands Scotland, $199AUD)

Colour: Light, pale straw.

Nose: Toffee, very faint smoke notes. Rich, but notes of younger whiskies show through. Maple syrup notes come through too, after it sits for a while.

Palate: Light (given the ABV), with a slight citrus tang. Peat smoke at the back of the palate, with notes of boiled sweets. Water really accentuates the peat smoke (on the finish too).

Finish: Medium to long, peat smokey, with fresh grass / earthy lingering notes.

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 91/100. Certainly a very decent whisky, but the real value with this dram is the back story and the whole "package" (see previous post).

 - Martin.

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