The only single grain whisky in this year’s Diageo Special Releases, Cambus 40-year is truly a rarity. The Lowland distillery has been closed for years, so we don’t get to see its whiskies a lot. Something else to consider – Cambus 40 is only thr third single grain release since the Special Releases collection started. This particular bottling was distilled in 1975 and matured in refill American oak hogsheads. It is presented at a cask strength of 52.7% and retails for $1,150.
I thoroughly enjoyed 2015’s The Cally single grain 40-year-old release. How does Cambus 40 compare?
The nose suggests a sweet and creamy whisky, with hints of cream soda, vanilla pod, orange sherbert and a touch of sweet grain. The palate surprises with a big grassy note that develops into peaches in syrup, white pepper, vanilla, orange zest, and oak spice. Some light oak tannins start to cut short the otherwise creamy mouthfeel of this whisky. The finish is warm and clean, leaving behind bittersweet grain and slight herbs, alongside a hint of light toffee.
Overall an elegant whisky, though I slightly preferred the Cally 40 year. 8.5/10
Thanks to Diageo for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.