As you might have noticed on the WhiskySpeller website Thomas and I recently received a lovely box from Diageo Netherlands containing samples of this years Special Releases. This 40 year old Cambus was distilled in 1975 and matured in refill American Oak hogsheads before 1.812 bottles were drawn at 52.7%.
Warm sweet and fruity notes mixed on this nose with a soft floral side to it. Mango, orange, banana, gooseberry, pear, cinnamon, black pepper, fudge, blackcurrant and something that makes me think of freshly washed soft towels straight from the warm dryer, warm, soft and softly smelling of laundry detergent.
A warm cup of tea with honey, lemon, ginger and thyme with on the side some filled pastries with red fruits and custard, all with a coating of powdered sugar on top, that is what is crossing my mind at this moment. But somewhere I also pick up some notes of wood, leather and spices. All soft and not interfering with the rest. Wow, this nose raises the expectations very high for sure! Lets see what it brings me on the palate and finish…
Soft and sweet fruit notes with vanilla are very present on this palate. Full notes of redcurrant and cassis mixed with maple syrup and powdered sugar. Grilled pineapple, canned mixed fruit juice, mango, lemon, oranges, gooseberry, thyme, pomegranate juice, honey, raisin and fluffy pastry dough. Finish is of a good length and fades into a creamy vanilla and citrus thyme mouth feel. Great balanced, full, sweet and creamy dram. Thanks Diageo Netherlands for the sample!
Looking for more information on the Special Releases 2016? Have a look at this WhiskySpeller article then where Thomas and I have a closer look at this lovely box received from Diageo. It consists of an exclusively selected Auchroisk 25, Brora 38, Cambus 40, Caol Ila 15, Cragganmore, Glenkinchie 24, Lagavulin 12, Linkwood 37, Mannochmore 25 and Port Ellen 37.