I am fortunate in that I’ve had a few new samples of Old Malt Cask sent my way. (Hip Hop Hooray for me!!)
One of the single cask ranges as part of the Douglas Laing family of Independent Bottled whiskies, Old Malt Cask is somewhat unusual as they normally bottle their whisky at 50% ABV rather than cask strength. Though not *that* unusual I suppose as Lombard’s does this as well.
The Old Malt Cask range of whiskies is one that has releases under the brand nearly every month (though the releases get spread out all over so the US might not see new OMC whiskies every month…).
Today we’re reviewing 2 of the four samples I’ve received. Special thanks to the good folks at International Wine and Spirits for the samples!
Old Malt Cask 28yo Dailuaine, refill hogshead, bottled at 50% ABV, 133 bottles – $230 from Binnys.
On the nose – Spicy, industrial, new newspapers, fresh ink.
Wow, I am smelling New York City on a dry, spring day.
Waft of perfume, new leaves, young flowers black pepper and a bit of pastrami sangwich to boot!
On the mouth – One can only dream of a mouthfeel like this. Much like the 27yo Dailuaine from Master of Malt, just a touch more oily.
Flavor wise, it’s very similar to that same MoM Dailuaine in that the Dailuaine qualities shine like a crazy diamond. Spice, lots of it.
Raisins in light brown sugar with a touch of brown spice.
Spiced gum drops (minus the sugar coating).
Finish – A lightly spiced, medium length finish.
In sum – Dailuaine continues to impress the living bejebus out of me. I’ve not met a Dailuaine I haven’t liked and this one is no exception.
This is another late summer dram for me…
Old Malt Cask 36yo Glen Grant, Brandy Finished Butt, bottled at 50% ABV, 150 bottles
On the nose – A touch floral but quite nutty (hazelnuts primarily).
Kefir leaves in coconut soup. Very sweet and light malt, yellow berries, wood spice, seasoned oak.
While not the most complex, it’s still a very, very really loverly nose.
On the mouth – I’ve seen the light! Great mouthfeel!
Light, floral and nutty. The style is somewhat reminiscent of an ex-bourbon Rosebank whisky.
You know you’re drinking an older whisky but this has a vibrancy that let’s itself be known by way of a fizzy-mouthfeel and ripe fruits.
Also in here we have some chamomile tea, baker’s chocolate and highly salted black licorice.
Finish – Lemoney pie crusts, medium long.
In sum – The cask seems to be less invasive on the spirit than I would have expected. This is a great whisky here. Glen Grant really has true character and they’ve captured it in this here cask.
This is a late summer dram. One to enjoy sometime before lunchtime.