Cameronbridge 46 years
1974 - 2021 Single Cask "East"

Cameronbridge 46 years 1974 - 2021 Single Cask "East"


Bottler Boogieman Import
Distillery / brand Cameronbridge
Range  East vs West
Region Lowlands
Content Size  0.7 liter
Alcohol percentage 40,1%
Age 46 jaar
Distilled 12-1974
Bottled 06-2021
Cask type  Hogshead
Number of bottles  54

Cameronbridge is a distillery that was founded in 1824 by John Haig. This makes it the oldest operating grain distillery in Scotland.

It is not only the oldest, it is also the distillery with the largest capacity in Scotland. No less than 100 million of pure alcohol is produced within the walls of Cameronbridge.


Colour: : Sparkling golden yellow.

Nose: The first scent that reaches the nose is tropical fruit. Dragon fruit, lychee, pineapple and passion fruit. The classic old grain whisky character is also clearly present. Later on, the spicy tones also come into their own. A very promising entry that we previously only knew from, for example, Benriach and Tomatin 1976.

Taste: 46 years of barrel maturation have made the alcohol content almost too low to be called whisky. Yet this 40.1% gives the whisky strength and character. The delicious fruit aroma is still present in the foreground. Sultry and soft, again that fresh sweet acidity of the pineapple, but also deliciously creamy and mature.

Finish: This is where this whisky really reveals its age. Everything comes together in the aftertaste. The layering, the fruit, the wood, the spiciness, a hint of honey. Pure enjoyment!

WHISKY review

Sniff: Warm oak and stewed forest fruit crumble. Strawberries and blackberries with vanilla custard. Dried, powdered ginger with a hint of sweet tea. Later on I get dried apple and peaches.
Sip: The palate continues with a certain oaky dryness. Lots of oak, with a vanilla sweetness behind it. Strawberry crumble again, with more wood spices. Ginger, nutmeg and a bit of clove. Slightly bitter on the tea note now, and less sweet than the nose was.
Swallow: The finish livens up the fruity part of the palate. Much more peach and apple than before. Peach cobbler, with vanilla and black tea. It’s interesting to find that the inherent sweetness with long aged grain whisky has been kept in check in this whisky. A slight bitter note (nothing much or off-putting by any means!) is making this a layered and complex dram, with a lovely and comforting fruitiness to boot. Great stuff!


WHISKY review

Nose: a mix of tropical fruits, like pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit. A little mint. The usual coconut flakes are also present, but further in the background, together with subtle vanilla. After a while the fruits grow sweeter and more candied, with a hint of strawberry and honey. All this kept together by old oak.
Mouth: the age turned the usual woody notes into a certain bright sourness, which evokes more passion fruits and citrus, as well as fresh pineapple and pink grapefruit. Really nice, I can’t think of other grains with this kind of profile. Hints of lemongrass and Thai basil. Subtle juniper and clove in the end.
Finish: not too long. A tad more vanillin and leather now, with a thin fruitiness and hints of fruit tea.
This Cameronbridge lacks the creaminess and obvious vanilla of most other grains. Its thin and subtle profile is really an asset here. Fruity and complex, as well as utterly drinkable. Recommended. Still available from Passion for Whisky.


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