James MacArthur's Old Masters

1989, 16 Years Old

ABV 58%
REVIEWED Issue 58
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Specifications
Brand: Girvan, Old Masters
Expression: 1989, 16 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Grain
Age: 16 years old
ABV: 58%
Country/Region: Scotland / Lowland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Hay. A distinct cereal note, old cereal bags, hint of grappa-like twigginess, fennel. Thin.
Palate: Starts very soft and quiet (lemon barley water) then lashes out, snarling. Lemon juice and heat. Would give zest and energy to a blend, but lacks finesse and quality when on its own.
Finish: Hard cereal.
Comment: A volatile, pale-faced wee dram that suddenly turns on you.
7.0
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Buttery with a butyric/lactic edge. Floral (honeysuckle?) Sour fruit. Gooseberry. Sour yoghurt.
Palate: Oaky, far too oaky. A cardboardy tinge as well. Not very exciting.
Finish: Dry, with a bitter grip.
Comment: Unrefined wood spoils the aromatic display. It does not leave a clean feel. A rather grumpy character.
7.0
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Girvan Distillery, Girvan, Girvan, Ayrshire, Lowland, Scotland
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