The first release in this series of just 1,000 bottles of this ultra-rare grain whisky from a closed distillery, is also the oldest Carsebridge ever bottled. A fascinating whisky, it’s a unique, sophisticated and subtle old single grain that rewards patient study.
Originally established as a malt distillery in 1799, Carsebridge converted to produce grain whisky after 1850, when grain arrived by ship at Alloa Harbour and was unloaded by hand onto horse-drawn carts for the laborious journey to the distillery. Despite this, a generation later this was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland and it remained so until closed in 1983. Remaining stocks are over 35 years old, rare and highly prized.
Deep amber to rich, antique gold.
Delicate and fragile. Shy, then rich and tart. Sweet, floral notes of dried flowers and oil, in a dusty oak drawer. Like a bowl of extremely ripe fruit left in the sunshine; plum, peach and red apple. Hints of sawn oak, mint and white chocolate truffle. Unexpectedly light and balanced throughout.
Medium. Thick textured.
A voluptuous mouthfeel and a big, soft, sweet taste, with juicy hints of apple, then oak shavings and gentle spice that together evoke an artist’s studio. A soft, fleeting and subtle floral note.
Light, volatile, and longer than expected. Discreet spice; light wood, grape stems, raisins and subtly, more oiled wood.