Ainslie & Heilbron King's Legend Old Special 1950's

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Distillery Brora
Bottler Ainslie & Heilbron
Serie Kings Legend
Bottled for
Distilled date Not Specified
Bottling date 1950 to 1960
Country Scotland
Region Scotland
Cask Type Sherry Casks
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 40
Volume 0,75
Condition Perfect
Label Damaged
Stock 0

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BOW (90)

King's Legend Old Special Blended Whisky: A Historical Journey

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the world of whisky with King's Legend Old Special Blended Whisky, a truly illustrious and historical blend crafted by Ainslie & Heilbron. This extraordinary whisky, bottled somewhere between 1950 and 1960, takes us on a journey to a bygone era of exceptional craftsmanship and refined taste.

One of the distinguishing features of this remarkable blend is its maturation on sherry casks, which imparts rich and complex flavors to the whisky. The exact details regarding the percentage of single malt from the original Clynelish Distillery, known as Brora, are not explicitly mentioned on the bottle. However, it is known that this blend contains high quantities of this esteemed single malt, adding a touch of distinction to the overall character.

As an old vintage bottle, it is important to note that the closure may have deteriorated over time. Therefore, caution should be exercised when opening it to ensure the preservation of the precious liquid within. This is a true collector's item, sold as described and treasured by whisky enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Exploring the nose of King's Legend Old Special Blended Whisky is like delving into a treasure trove of aromas. Rich notes of dried fruits, warm spices, and a hint of oak greet the senses, instantly transporting you to a different era. Each inhalation reveals layers of complexity and hints at the craftsmanship that went into creating this exceptional blend.

On the palate, the whisky unveils its true magnificence. A symphony of flavors unfolds, encompassing velvety smoothness, sweet and fruity notes, and a gentle warmth that caresses the tongue. The influence of the sherry casks is evident, adding depth and character to the whisky's profile. The exact alcohol percentage is not explicitly stated on the bottle, allowing the experience to be guided solely by the senses.

The finish is long and lingering, leaving a lasting impression on the palate. Subtle hints of oak and spices intertwine with remnants of the rich fruitiness, ensuring that every sip is savored and appreciated.

King's Legend Old Special Blended Whisky is not merely a drink; it is a glimpse into a bygone era of whisky production and artistry. It stands as a testament to the skill and dedication of Ainslie & Heilbron, who crafted this blend with precision and care.

As you savor each drop of this historic whisky, take a moment to reflect on the legacy it represents. King's Legend Old Special Blended Whisky captures the essence of a bygone era, evoking a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the rich heritage of whisky-making.

Whether you are a seasoned whisky connoisseur or a curious explorer of history, King's Legend Old Special Blended Whisky is an experience not to be missed. Embrace the opportunity to taste the past and indulge in the artistry of a truly exceptional blend. Cheers to the legends of whisky and the enduring allure of time-honored craftsmanship!

Serge Valentin (88)

Clynelish's main blend, together with the often whackier 'Royal Edinburgh'. There was also a spring-cap version, but this one bears a twist cap. It is 'Guaranteed Absolutely Pure'. Colour: golden. Nose: meaty soups and pineapple syrups, I would say, then quince jellies, liqueurs and syrups, tajines, pansies, gorse, copper… It's evolved for sure, all aromas having become, say a little fuzzy, but pleasure is intact. Mouth: oh wow. It is incredibly smoky – although that would be coal rather than peat - also salty, fermentary, with 'old fruits', soups, chutneys, some kind of honey mead for sure (chouchen)… It is rather a malty soup. Astounding spices, turmeric, paprika, chocolate… Finish: rather long, saltier yet, soupy, with some cabbage and leek soup, eggplants, turnips… To be honest this is not the easiest part. Comments: glass was not stable back then, neither was it coated as it is today. I'm not sure I should have actually swallowed this old blend in fact, but as everyone knows, the whisky industry has always been a paragon of ethics and respect, so I did it with gratitude, a clear conscience and a light heart, for our Common Cause.

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