Hunter Laing Strathclyde Tasting Notes

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Scottish Grain Whisky, Strathclyde

Hunter Laing Sovereign Strathclyde 1990 (25 year old) 51.7%

Bourbon/ Code: SOV2084

Dist: Aug 1990 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Mar 2016

The nose displays slightly oily rum-like dried sultana and grape with hints of smoky oak, dark chocolate and crisp, invigorating grain notes. With time a touch of sweet vanilla and sweet spices emerge.

The palate opens with the vanilla oak and dried fruit, followed by sweet grain and subtle herbal notes. The crisp grains and dusty chocolate spices come through on the middle. Good length and lightly citric with the crisp grain and sweet oak lingering.

Hunter Laing Sovereign Strathclyde 1991? (25 year old) 54.5%

Code: SOV2100/ Dist ? Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Aromas of pungent, sweet, toasty, vanilla oak with castor sugar coated dried fruit, berries, earth, syrup and meringue.

The palate opens with vanilla custard and subtle dried fruit. The oak is quite dominant with vanilla and almond. Hints of berries come through on the middle. Long and continuing toasty with lingering dried fruit and the oak slightly bittering at the death.

Hunter Laing Sovereign Strathclyde 1987(?) (30 year old) 50.7%

Bourbon/ Code: SOV2120/ Dist: 1989(?) Btl: 2017(?)/ Tasted: Jan 2018

Quite a dense and perfumed nose with subtle toasty and rye-like herbs. It has an almost malty feel to the aromas with a touch of succulent dried fruit. The oak becomes pleasantly fragrant and sweet with time.

Dense and rich on the palate with dark, dried fruit, brown sugar and like the nose suggests an almost malty character. Hints of liquorice, sweet dried fruit, gritty oak tannins, coconut and peanuts. Long and malty with lingering citrus, dried fruit and toasty oak.


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